Royal Antwerp 1-0 Tottenham: Spurs lose for the first time since opening weekend

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Royal Antwerp"s Martin Hongla in action with Tottenham Hotspur"s Sergio ReguilonRoyal Antwerp are currently top of the Belgian League

Tottenham slipped to a first away defeat since July after a mistake by Ben Davies helped Royal Antwerp leapfrog their Europa League opponents to go top of Group J.

Davies, making his 200th Spurs appearance, was easily dispossessed by Dieumerci Mbokani, whose pass allowed Lior Refaelov to smash past Hugo Lloris.

Flat and uninspired, Spurs struggled to carve out chances and Jose Mourinho made four changes at the start of the second half in an attempt to inject some urgency into the side.

But it could have been worse for Tottenham, Mbokani somehow blazing over from three yards out before Harry Kane was sent on in an attempt to rescue the game.

Simen Juklerod also missed a fine chance for the hosts after being sent clean through as Spurs failed to score for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.

Mourinho's side are three points behind Royal Antwerp in Group J after two games, level on points with LASK, who beat Ludogorets 4-3.

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Lacklustre Spurs fail to impress

Having embarked on a 10-match unbeaten run since losing at home to Everton on the opening weekend of the season, this was as bad as Spurs have performed in a long time.

Mourinho showed his displeasure by making a string of changes at the break against a well-organised Royal Antwerp side.

Dele Alli was handed his first start since 24 September but is still to finish a match this season after being hauled off at half-time in two of the three matches he has started.

Alli at least created a chance for Carlos Vinicius before he was replaced, former Manchester United full-back Ritchie de Laet producing a fine challenge before the Spurs player could shoot.

Netherlands winger Steven Bergwijn and Argentine midfielder Giovani lo Celso did manage attempts before the interval but both were comfortably dealt with by keeper Jean Butez

Kane replaced Bale, who has also yet to complete 90 minutes since re-joining on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

The Wales forward is still trying to reach peak fitness after missing a number of games but there was little creativity from the four-time Champions League winner in Belgium.

Kane's introduction failed to ignite his team-mates, Spurs unable to test the Royal Antwerp keeper in the second half.

Mourinho's first Europa League defeat since 2016 - the stats

This was Jose Mourinho's first defeat in a Europa League game since November 2016, ending a 12-match unbeaten run for the Portuguese manager in the competition.Spurs have never won away to Belgian opposition (P6 D2 L4), losing on each of their past three visits.Royal Antwerp are the first Belgian side to beat English opposition in European competition since KAA Gent beat Tottenham in the Europa League in February 2017.

What's next?

Tottenham are back in action on Sunday when they host Brighton in the Premier League (19:15 GMT).

Player of the match

de LaetRitchie de Laet

with an average of 8.07

Royal Antwerp

Squad number2Player namede Laet

Squad number11Player nameRefaelov

Squad number70Player nameDieumerci Mbokani

Squad number19Player nameMiyoshi

Squad number16Player nameGerkens

Squad number6Player nameKristiansen Juklerød

Squad number38Player nameHaroun

Squad number26Player nameGelin

Squad number18Player nameHongla

Squad number4Player nameSeck

Squad number5Player nameVerstraete

Squad number30Player nameAurélio Buta

Squad number24Player nameBenavente Bristol

Squad number46Player nameButez

Tottenham Hotspur

Squad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min

Squad number1Player nameLloris

Squad number10Player nameKane

Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura

Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg

Squad number3Player nameReguilón

Squad number9Player nameBale

Squad number11Player nameLamela

Squad number45Player nameCarlos Vinicius

Squad number18Player nameLo Celso

Squad number24Player nameAurier

Squad number6Player nameD Sánchez

Squad number23Player nameBergwijn

Squad number8Player nameWinks

Squad number20Player nameAlli

Squad number33Player nameDavies


Royal Antwerp

46Butez4SeckBooked at 20mins26Gelin2de Laet19MiyoshiSubstituted forUlineia Butaat 58'minutes16Gerkens38Haroun18HonglaSubstituted forVerstraeteat 70'minutesBooked at 84mins6Kristiansen Juklerød70MbokaniBooked at 90mins11RefaelovBooked at 49minsSubstituted forBenavente Bristolat 88'minutes


1Safar Beiranvand5Verstraete15Boya23Ampomah24Benavente Bristol30Ulineia Buta


1Lloris24Aurier6D Sánchez33Davies3Reguilón18Lo CelsoSubstituted forHøjbjergat 45'minutes8Winks9BaleSubstituted forKaneat 58'minutes20AlliSubstituted forLamelaat 45'minutes23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 45'minutes45Alves MoraisSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 45'minutes


2Doherty4Alderweireld5Højbjerg7Son Heung-Min10Kane11Lamela12Hart17Sissoko27Lucas Moura47Clarke48White49Cirkin

Live Text

Match ends, Royal Antwerp 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Second Half ends, Royal Antwerp 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Winks.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua (Royal Antwerp) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua (Royal Antwerp).

Attempt missed. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Hand ball by Cristian Benavente Bristol (Royal Antwerp).

Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua (Royal Antwerp).

Substitution, Royal Antwerp. Cristian Benavente Bristol replaces Lior Refaelov.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Birger Verstraete (Royal Antwerp) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Abdoulaye Seck (Royal Antwerp).

Birger Verstraete (Royal Antwerp) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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