Match Review – ACF Fiorentina 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Agg. 3-1)

Tottenham Hotspur came crashing out of the Europa League after a horrible night in Italy. Despite beginning the game strongly, personal errors were to play centre-stage in a big week for Spurs.

Early signs were good for Mauricio Pochettino’s side in Florence. Erik Lamela had a good early chance, with his volley finding the goalkeeper after some good build-up work from Eriksen. Fiorentina were approaching the game well, as sitting back and letting Tottenham ‘play’ was a large feature of the game.

The first real chance of the game came when Nacer Chadli burst into life down the left-hand side. His cross was cleared, and Fiorentina broke. Mario Gomez found himself alone at the other end, however Vertonghen did well to make his way back and control the situation.

The major talking point of the half came with disastrous consequences for Spurs. After a stunning through ball from Lamela, Roberto Soldado found himself clean through, only for his weak sideways pass to Chadli to be collected by Neto.

The second half was to be the North Londoner’s downfall. A defensive nightmare at the back allowed Fiorentina to take the lead. Spurs were once again their own worse enemies, something we as fans are all too used to.

With Wembley looming, Pochettino made the tactical switch to bring off Chadli and Bentaleb, with Kane and Townsend coming on to replace them. Despite the in-form striker entering the game, his influence was to be of little impact.

A crucial save by Hugo Lloris was to be later overruled, as Fiorentina doubled their lead. Chelsea winger Mo Salah made it 2-0, as Jan Vertonghen failed to handle the ball inside his own area.

Needing two goals to progress, Spurs thought they had got one back, as Kane had the ball in the net after 77 minutes. However, the flag was up on the far side, disappointing Tottenham fans everywhere.

The full-time whistle came as a disappointing conclusion to the night, with Spurs failing to progress to the last-16. Now it’s time to re-group and tackle Chelsea. Come on you Spurs!

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