Rennes 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Hogberg saves a point for Tottenham to open the group stage in the Conference

Pierre-Emile Hojberg came to the rescue Tottenham HotspurAnd he scored the equalizer in the second half to ensure the team got a point at Stade Rennes in the first match of the group stage in the European League. It was a disappointing 90-minute turnaround for the visitors, who showed little attacking vision and made sloppy defensive mistakes to concede.

first half

3′ – Tanguy Ndombele and Stephen Bergwijn combined for Spurs’ first real shot, but Bergwijn’s shot did not hit the target.

11′ – Tottenham goal! Ndombele keeps the ball in play from the right side of the field, which Oliver Skipp quickly picks up and sends Harry Kane’s way. Kane quickly sends the ball to Lucas Moura, who runs towards goal, as his shot hit Rennes Loic’s Padre on the way to his goal.

18′ – Ben Davies crossed Lucas in front of goal with a header but the ball was out of play.

20′ – Benjamin Boregaud sends a ball towards Pierluigi Giulini, who saves it. Adrien Truffert tries to score on rebounds, but sends the ball over the goal.

23′ – Goal nets! Near the penalty area, Sehrou Guirassy sends the ball behind him to Flavien Tait on the edge of the penalty area. Tate wasted no time and hit the equaliser.

30′ – Højbjerg enters in place of Bergwijn, who fell after being kicked by Bourigeaud while trying to get the ball.

42′ – Both teams trade possession bouts, but mixed luck creating meaningful scoring opportunities. It was Spurs’ turn to dominate and the visitors scored their second shot with Kane’s shot that was blocked by goalkeeper Roman Saleen. Brian Gill was unsuccessful in his attempt to score on a rebound.

45′ + 1 – Kamaluddin Suleimana shoots at the end of a cross, and looks great with a header that eventually falls just wide.

the other half

51′ – Ndombele makes his way into the penalty area and attempts a shot, but Saline pounces on the ball to stop play.

54′ – Dane Scarlett joins Lucas, who also picked up an injury early in the second half. Emerson Royal also comes with Kane at the same time.

62′ – Spurs had a number of free kicks in the second half, all close to goal and all easily handled by the Rennes defence. It was no different, with Saleen hitting Bryan’s kick from the right side of the field.

71′ – Royal sends the ball to Hogberg who shoots quickly from close range. Saleen grabbed the ball, and although it bounced off his hands for a moment, he held onto it well.

72′- Target stadiums! Sullimana hits a shot from a distance, Golini puts his hands in the goalkeeper position and then perfectly places Gaitani Laborde to his left. Labard scores easily from close range to give the hosts the lead.

76′- Tottenham goal! Matt Doherty sends a cross into the penalty area from the right side of the field. The ball comes first from Tate before landing at the feet of Højbjerg, who scored the equalizer just minutes after Rennes took the lead.

90′ – Both teams go back and forth to try and find the match-winning goal, but very few chances come from their efforts.

Notes on the match

  • Spurs managed to improve from the first half having only three shots, but not to the point where it became an above-average offensive performance. By the middle of the first half, I felt Nuno Espírito Santo’s team ran out of ideas.
  • The offensive issues against Rennes, combined with performances so far this season, appear to confirm that Espirito Santo will stick to the first style of defense with which he made his name at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • Nobody had a really special match, but the only player worth highlighting is Ndombele. He’s had plenty of bright spots during his debut this season, decisively involved in Spurs’ first goal.
  • It’s never a great match when you score as many goals as you get injured. Heading into the weekend’s game against Chelsea with an already depleted squad wasn’t ideal, but Bergwijn and Lucas may now miss out on the injuries they’ve picked up.

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