Tottenham's Europa League journey ended in the round of 32 after they drew 2-2 with Gent at White Hart Lane on Thursday to lose 3-2 on aggregate.
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- Eriksen gives Spurs early lead
- Kane OG restores parity
- Alli sent off before half-time
- Wanyama puts hosts back in front
- Perbet equalises late on for Gent
Mauricio Pochettino's side were guilty of failing to take their numerous chances as they were undone by two away goals. They got off to a promising start when Christian Eriksen opened the scoring after just 10 minutes but an own-goal from Harry Kane squared things up.
Victor Wanyama fired Spurs back in front 16 minutes into the second half, but they failed to get on the scoresheet again and Gent hit back in the closing stages to book their place in the round of 16.
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Spurs totally bossed proceedings as they looked to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, and not even the first-half dismissal of Dele Alli seemed to affect them for large parts of this encounter.
The hosts created their first chance after just six minutes when Alli got off a shot under pressure from 18 yards out that went wide of the left post.
But they didn't have to wait long to make their mark as Eriksen broke the deadlock, and levelled the tie. He capitalised on sloppy defending from Gent to latch onto Toby Alderweireld's long ball and slot past Lovre Kalinic from an acute angle.
The north Londoners threatened again two minutes later when Alli connected with Kyle Walker's cross, but steered the ball across the face of goal. Walker went close on 17 minutes with an effort from inside the area that flew over the crossbar, after beating Rami Gershon on the right.
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But the visitors bagged an all-important away goal somewhat against the run of play three minutes later as Kane turned the ball into his own net in an attempt to clear Stefan Mitrovic's header back across goal from a corner.
Spurs looked for an immediate reply, with Eriksen lining up a shot from 20 yards out that failed to trouble Kalinic on 22 minutes, while Walker forced the keeper to palm away his 34th-minute strike after again beating his man on the right.
Pochettino’s side then suffered a massive setback with Alli's sending-off on 39 minutes for a dangerous challenge on Brecht Dejaegere. However, they still finished the half with a flourish as Jan Vertonghen missed the target from 25 yards out before Eriksen produced the same result from inside the area on the right.
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The Dane fired wayward again three minutes into the second half after Kenny Seif had given the ball away, and Kane had an opportunity to make amends for his own-goal in the 57th minute when he was played in by Eriksen, but the England striker sent his shot past the left post from six yards out.
Further chances fell to Kane, who was unable to direct his header on target from Walker's cross before getting in the way of Eriksen's strike that appeared to be going in.
However, the home team were back in front on 61 minutes as Wanyama ran onto a pass from Eriksen and lashed a first-time shot into the top-left corner of the net from inside the box.
Kalinic had to be alert to keep out Alderweireld's header from Eriksen's corner with a fine save low to his left in the 69th minute, while Walker's effort moments later from the right only found the side-netting.
Gent then wasted a glorious chance to seal their progress in the competition when Moses Simon directed Saief's cross into the side-netting from 10 yards out in an unmarked position.
But they did manage to bury the tie eight minutes from time as Coulibaly's deflected pass fell kindly for Perbet, who beat Hugo Lloris with a touch off Eric Dier.
Son Heung-Min had a chance to restore Spurs lead soon afterwards, but sent his shot over the bar after being played in by Kane, who could have scored himself in stoppage time, only to see his curling effort go wide of the far post.