Tottenham Hotspur trailing by a goal deficit in Europa League last 16, from the first leg played in Gent, Belgium, arrived at Wembley to turn the deficit. But, Wembley curse continues for Tottenham Hotspur in Europa League as well. North Londoners played a 2-2 draw, and lost their last 16 berth to K.A.A Gent, losing out 3-2 on aggregate against the Belgian side.
Christian Eriksen gave the hosts lead early in 10th minute, and were level on aggregate terms before Harry Kane score an own goal to give Gent lead in 20th minute. Tottenham suffered another blow when Dele Alli was sent-off in 39th minute, and they were forced to play the rest of the match down to 10 men.
Mauricio: “It’s a shame that in the first leg we didn’t play well. There’s no time to cry, we have to recover and move on.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 23, 2017
Despite a man down, hosts were on a driving seat with Victor Wanayama 61st minute lead, and first leg goal scorer Jeremy Perbet scored the equaliser late in the game to end Tottenham European ride. Gent move forward in the tournament with their 3-2 aggregate victory, and Wembley curse continues to haunt Hotspur.
Tottenham earlier in the season, decided to play all of their European games at Wembley. Wembley do brought them revenue with ticket sales, but unfortunately brought no luck for the North Londoners. They lost against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen at Wembley, and they paid the price of elimination from Uefa Champions League. Now, with a draw against Gent, they lost their place in Europe’s second tier competition as well for which they were considered as favourite with Manchester United.
Tottenham elimination left Manchester United to be the only English team alive in the competition. United has comfortably moved into the last 16 with their 4-0 aggregate victory against Saint Etienne. In other important matches of the day, Athletic Bilbao loses their berth to Apoel Nicosia who won their tie 4-3, and Roma reaches to last 16 with 5-1 aggregate victory against Villarreal.
Ajax, Lyon, Borussia Monchengladbach also reaches the top 16, alongside Olympiacos, Besiktas, Anderlecht, Rostov, Celta Vigo, Genk, Kobenhavn, Krasnodar, and Schalke.