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Tottenham reached the knockout stages of the Europa League, but lost a chance to do so with a victory when Austrian LASK scored the equalizer in injury time to draw 3-3 at Linz.
The Spurs got off to a sloppy start at Linzer Stadium and nearly fell behind in six minutes.
After Gareth Bale They had been dispossessed, the ball was worked to LASK’s Thomas Goiginer, who was denied by an excellent block from Davinson Sánchez.
The hosts then saw Johannes Eggestein hit the post with a shot from outside the area.
It was an early warning sign for Tottenham and it was not a surprise when they fell behind.
That goal came three minutes into the first half through Peter Michorl.
Spurs right-back Matt Doherty slipped and the Austrian team broke the rhythm in a four-on-three situation.
Although the danger seemed to have passed, Michorl tried his luck from afar. His effort moved through the air and he came down to beat goalie Joe Hart from 30 yards.
LASK leads Tottenham!
Michorl with a precise long-range strike 🎯
The home team is rewarded for an impressive display in the first half … pic.twitter.com/tnD8VvndjW
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 3, 2020
Tottenham’s lackluster performance is reminiscent of their performance in October, when they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Royal Antwerp.
However, they claimed a stroke of luck at halftime when a hand in the penalty area gave them an unlikely penalty.
In one of Tottenham’s first genuine attacks on the game, it was Lucas Moura who reached the baseline and cut for Tanguy Ndombele.
The Frenchman’s goal shot was blocked by the hand of LASK defender Andrés Andrade. Referee Pawel Raczkowski did not hesitate to signal the point.
Bale took responsibility and sent Alexander Schlager down the wrong path. It was only his second goal since he returned to the club in September and it may go away a bit. to silence the skeptics.
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Son on the mark
Tottenham completed the turnaround in the 56th minute with Son Heung-min’s 12th goal of the season.
LASK captain James Holland gave up possession with an offside pass. That allowed Ndombele to smash a perfect ball into the path of his teammate.
Son ran and got home to make it 2-1, putting José Mourinho’s men on the track for the last 32.
However, Johannes Eggestein appeared to have denied the Spurs a victory with six minutes remaining when he scored the equalizer.
The Spurs then regained the lead in the 88th minute. Substitute Steven Bergwijn flipped into the box to give the Spurs their second penalty of the night. Dele Alli stepped up to put it away.
However, the drama was not over and LASK secured a crazy end to the match with a goal in added time, Mamoudou Karamoko scored with almost the last action.
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