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Spurs suffered a shock last-gasp defeat to Slovenian minnows NR Mura in the Europa Conference League tonight and now have it all to do on the final matchday.
The North London outfit fell behind early on and had Ryan Sessegnon sent off for two yellow cards in the first half in what was his first start under Antonio Conte.
Harry Kane equalised in the 72nd minute but Amadeja Marosa scored a deflected winner in the 94th minute for Mura, who were formed nine years ago and had lost all games in Group G until tonight.
Murska Sobota, where Mura are based in north-eastern Slovenia, has a population of just 11,000.
Tottenham are beaten 2-1 by Slovenian PrvaLiga side NS Mura in the Europa Conference League.— PurelyFootball®️ (@PurelyFootball) November 25, 2021
NS Mura were only founded nine years ago. 🤯
They had also lost all four of their group games prior to tonight… They’ve just beaten Spurs. 😲 pic.twitter.com/ss64jbxdPR
Tottenham have just lost to Mura after a last-minute winner:— SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 25, 2021
- Mura hadn't won a Conference League match until this point
- Mura weren't a club a decade ago
- Mura are based in a town of just 11,000 people pic.twitter.com/AIBuUKqBzF
Mura, a club from a village of 11,000, didn't even exist a decade ago.— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) November 25, 2021
They were formed in 2011 and are the lowest ranked team in the Conference League. They rank 5th in the Slovenian division and have just beat Spurs with Kane and co.
A sad reality check.
With one game remaining, Spurs are level on seven points with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
Even if they beat unbeaten group winners Rennes at home on 9 December they could end up being knocked out, with Vitesse drawing 3-3 with the French side tonight and hosting bottom team Mura in their last group fixture.
Should they finish second, Spurs would then be involved in a knockout two-legged play-off - where the winning team would secure passage to the round of 16.
In Europe, Spurs have gone 10 straight away games without a clean sheet and you got the sense that many of the fringe players will be out the door sooner rather than later.
Post-match, Conte did mince his words, saying: "After three weeks I am starting to understand the situation. It is not simple. At the moment the level at Tottenham is not so high."