Ten-man Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday night as Gent held them to a 2:2 draw at Wembley.
Spurs who trailed 1-0 after the first leg of the last-32 tie made a great start as Christian Eriksen slipped an angled shot under Gent keeper Lovre Kalinic.
The visitors fought hard and the fruits finally came as they equalized through Harry Kane’s own goal leaving Spurs with an uphill task to score twice in front of a Europa League record attendance of 80,465.
Their task became harder when midfielder Dele Alli was sent off shortly before half-time following a dangerous high tackle.
Victor Wanyama’s curler into the top-left corner revived Spurs’ hopes only for substitute Jeremy Perbet to worsen things for spurs by scoring the equalizer for Gent with less than 10 minutes left.Gent cruised into the last 16 stage easily.
Spurs’ elimination means they have only reached the Europa League quarter-finals once in the past six seasons.
Gent’s first-leg victory was only their third win in 13 matches, with their recent form dropping them to eighth place in a Belgian top flight ranked as only the ninth-best European league.
While Tottenham’s deficiencies were clear, Gent deserve credit as they were organized, disciplined and clinical when their rare chances arrived.
Totenham manager Mauricio Pochettino looked heart-broken following the elimination in front of home fans who came in numbers.
“I am very disappointed once again as we were excited to play today in front of our fans. We started well and scored. The tie was open but we conceded a goal in one action in the first half. After that it was complicated,”said Pochettino.