RENNES, France: Substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s equalizer saved Tottenham Hotspur from a 2-2 draw with Rennes in the new Europa Conference League clash earlier this morning.
Loic Bade’s own goal gave Spurs the lead in Brittany but Flavien Tait equalized before Gaetan Laborde put Rennes ahead in the 72nd minute.
The advantage was immediately ended by Hojbjerg and it was a good result for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side after they lost 3-0 to Crystal Palace last weekend.
“It wasn’t perfect, but we showed good character and believed in changing the outcome after being booed,” said Nuno who brought down the second row in the match.
“They’re a tough team to play against and not easy to analyze the game – we have a lot of players who aren’t in a real position.”
While targets are in the top four of the Premier League and returning to the Champions League is a priority, Spurs should not ignore a tournament that could give them trophies not won since the 2008 League Cup.
The next match in Group G is against Slovenian champions Mura, who lost 2-0 to Dutch representative Vitesse Arnhem.