Tottenham suffer first loss in Europa League to Royal Antwerp by 1-0

Tottenham suffer first loss in Europa League to Royal Antwerp by 1-0

- Tottenham were stunned by Belgian side Royal Antwerp in a 1-0 scoreline in the Europa League

- Lior Refaelov capitalized on a defensive blunder from the Premier League side to score the winner

- Spurs dropped to second in Group L, level of points with LASK who defeated Lugorets by 4-3

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Lior Refaelov on he half-hour mark was the only difference as Belgian side Royal Antwerp stunned Tottenham 1-0 in a tough Europa League clash played on Thursday, October 29.

Spurs came into the match off a spectacular form, having won three of their last four matches in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho rang a couple of changes from the side that secured a slim 1-0 win over struggling Burnley on Monday, October 26, with both Gareth Bale and outcast Dele Alli making the starting line up against the Belgian giants.

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Tottenham suffer first loss in Europa League to Roal Antwerp by 1-0. Photo by Angelo Blankespoor
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However, not even the Welshman could save Spurs from defeat as a stubborn Antwerp side clung on their lead to claim maximum points.

Giovani Lo Celso had the best chance to hand the visitors the lead as he forced a decent save from the goalkeeper Jean Butez earlier on.

Antwerp went on to take the lead through Refaelov who fired home the opener after Ben Davies lost the ball to allow the hosts break.

Spurs nearly fell 2-0 down inside the first minute of the restart but Davinon Sanchez did well to recover and deny Refaelov a second shot on goal.

Aware of their opponents' threat, Mourinho introduced Kane in place of Bale, but not even the Englishman could help his side from a crashing.

The result saw the English side drop to second of Group J with three points as Antwerp moved top with six points.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Jose Mourinho has jokingly expressed discontent with Tottenham stars after they were all spotted using their cell phones in the dressing room, Daily Mail.

Spurs woke up from the dead in the second half to grind out a result at Burnley on a Monday night Premier League fixture at Turf Moore.

The Clarets dominated most part of the game as they created several chances on goal but could not make it count.

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