[이데일리 스타in 임정우 기자] Tottenham Hotspur (England), which Son Heung-min (29) appeared as a substitute, was caught by Slovenian Team Mura in the group stage match of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-2 to Mura in the away match in Group G Group G of the 2021-2022 season held at Stadion Lyudski Vrt in Maribor, Slovenia on the 26th (Korean time). Tottenham, who placed 2nd in the group with 7 points from 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the previous 4 matches, failed to add points and maintained their position.
Tottenham Hotspur failed to secure first place in the group going straight to the round of 16 as the gap with Rennes (France), which had 11 points, widened to 4 points with one match remaining in the group stage. In the Conference League, which is the third division of European club competition following the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the first place in eight groups advances directly to the round of 16. The remaining eight teams will receive tickets to the round of 16 through competition between the third-placed team in the Europa League group stage and the second-placed team in the Conference League group stage.
Antonio Conte, who took over as Tottenham’s head coach earlier this month, suffered his first defeat after his first win in the Conference League and one win and one draw in the English Premier League (EPL). Son Heung-min started the game on the bench as Tottenham started the rotation on the day. In the 9th minute of the second half, Son Heung-min, who replaced Deli Ali, could not produce any attacking points and could not prevent the team’s defeat. Son Heung-min has one goal and one assist in the Conference League.
Coach Conte, who chose Harry Kane as the forward striker, flanked Deli Alli and Brian Hill to form a starting offensive line. However, Tottenham’s attack failed. Kane, Ali and Hill struggled to score goals without breaking through Mura’s defense.
Tottenham conceded the opening goal in the 11th minute, and Ryan Sessegnon, who played as a wing-back, was sent off after receiving a second warning for an excessive tackle in the 32nd minute of the first half. In the 9th minute of the second half, manager Conte added Ali and Hill, and Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura added to the game. The long-awaited equalizer came in the 27th minute of the second half. Kane calmly finished the opportunity that came to him and balanced the game. But the joy did not last long. Tottenham scored the winning goal in extra time in the second half and lost 1-2.