Our Europa League campaign ended in disappointing fashion at Wembley Stadium on Thursday evening as we drew 2-2 with KAA Gent but exited the competition 3-2 on aggregate.
Needing a two-goal win to reach the next round after last week’s 1-0 reverse in Belgium, we made the perfect start with the opener on 10 minutes, Christian Eriksen streaking down the right channel and beating goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.
But Gent hit back 10 minutes later, Harry Kane putting through his own net from a corner to give the advantage back to the visitors. And when Dele Alli was dismissed six minutes before the interval for a dangerous challenge on Brecht Dejaegere, the momentum was very much with the visitors.
We gave it a real go in the second half though, scoring a deserved second through Victor Wanyama just after the hour mark and having a number of opportunities to get the all-important third goal.
However, it was the visitors who scored next through substitute Jeremy Perbet, scorer of Gent’s goal in the first leg, as they hit us on the counter.
That meant we needed to score twice more to progress but we ran out of steam late on.
As an aside, the attendance of 80,465 at Wembley was the biggest ever crowd for a Europa League match as our fans turned out in fantastic numbers once more.
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