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Victor Wanyama’s Goal Fails to Save Tottenham From Europa Exit

Victor Wanyama’s superb second-half strike wasn’t enough to secure 10-man Tottenham a ticket to the Europa League last 16, as substitute Jeremy Perbet’s late equalizer ensured Gent snatched a shocking 3-2 aggregate victory.

Trailing 1-0 on aggregate from the first leg, Spurs took the lead in the 10th minute through Christian Eriksen before the Wembley curse kicked in.

Ten minutes later, a sloppily defended Milicevic Danijel corner was deflected into Tottenham’s net by its striker Harry Kane to make the score level and put more pressure on the side.

In the 39th minute, Deli Ali lunged high into Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere to get a well-deserved red card leaving the side one man short with the pressure of requiring two goals to go through.

Victor Wanyama gave Spurs some hope after smashing a Kyle Walker cross into the top left corner but the joy was short lived after substitute Perbet, who replaced Nigerian Moses Simon, scored a second for the Belgians

The 2-2 draw was enough to seal a qualification spot for the Belgian side on a 3-2 aggregate, ending all hopes of Spurs winning European Silverware this season.

The game hosted at the magnificent Wembley Stadium set Europa’s new attendance record, of 80,465 courtesy of the cheap $10 and $5 tickets for adults and children respectively.

Tottenham’s Wembley woes continued with only one win out of eight and statistically, hasn’t been taken well by the side’s fans since all their home matches for next season will be at the ground.



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