Europa League - Group J
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RSC Anderlecht 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen scored his third goal of the season after four minutes

Tottenham slipped to third in Europa League Group J with their first loss of the campaign at Anderlecht.

Spurs took an early lead when Christian Eriksen capitalised on a mix-up in the hosts' defence.

But Guillaume Gillet rifled in an equaliser before Anderlecht top scorer Stefano Okaka secured victory late on.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, a second-half substitute, failed to beat goalkeeper Silvio Proto after being played clean through at 1-1.

Both teams were committed to attack in an entertaining match but Spurs paid for wasting early chances, with Erik Lamela the most guilty.

Anderlecht, third in the Belgian Jupiler League, kept Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris busy throughout and were good value for their first victory in six European games.

The sides meet again at White Hart Lane on 5 November with only four points separating the four teams in the group after Monaco beat Qarabag 1-0 to go top.

Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela missed a great chance to make it 2-0 before Anderlecht equalised

Spurs pay for profligacy

Tottenham, who have drawn their previous three games in all competitions, are still to reach full throttle this season.

In a frantic opening, they should have taken advantage of a ragged Anderlecht defence and could have been 3-0 ahead within 10 minutes as Eriksen and Lamela shot straight at Proto before the opening goal.

The home side settled after Gillet found the net superbly, and Okaka twice had efforts saved by Lloris.

Although Tottenham's midfield took charge of the first half, their control slipped in the second period and the introduction of Anderlecht substitute Frank Acheampong turned the game in their favour.

His cross set up Okaka for his seventh goal of the season, and it could have been worse for Spurs had Dennis Praet not fluffed a late opportunity.

Spurs' struggles up front continue

Harry Kane
Harry Kane scored nine goals in his first 13 games for Spurs last season

With Tottenham suffering from several injuries and Kane picking up a knock in the previous Premier League game against Liverpool, Clinton Njie was handed a full debut up front.

The 22-year-old Cameroon international, who had not scored in seven substitute appearances following his reported £10m arrival from Lyon in August, did not look like opening his Spurs account in Brussels.

Spurs chose to break from midfield rather than use Njie's pace, and he was booked in the 55th minute before being replaced by Kane four minutes later.

The England international at least threatened the Anderlecht goal, but he has now scored only one goal in 13 appearances this season.

Spurs boss angry after defeat

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "I am angry, frustrated, disappointed. I don't know which word to describe me.

"We started the game very well. After 10 minutes we scored, we created two or three chances more.

"We lost our focus and after 10 minutes the game changed completely. This was our problem and we need to learn.

"We are young but if you are the best team on the pitch after 10 minutes and you believe you can win the game you need to win the game. We lost our focus."

Anderlecht boss Besnik Hasi: "It's nice to win against such a team. Especially after the poor start against Monaco and Qarabag - we knew it was our last chance today.

"Tottenham clearly came to win and gave the necessary space away for us to exploit."

Stats you need to know

  • Tottenham have won just one Europa League game in their last eight away from home (D3 L4).
  • Spurs have conceded in nine of their last 10 Europa League matches.
  • Anderlecht have beaten an English side in European competition for the first time since October 2000.

What next?

Tottenham travel to Bournemouth on Sunday in the Premier League and host Aston Villa on 2 November before facing Anderlecht again three days' later.

Line-ups

Anderlecht

  • 1Proto
  • 30Gillet
  • 4Kara Mbodji
  • 3Deschacht
  • 37Obradovic
  • 16Defour
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 10PraetBooked at 58minsSubstituted forConteat 90+2'minutes
  • 31TielemansBooked at 61mins
  • 99OkakaSubstituted forSyllaat 88'minutes
  • 93EzekielSubstituted forAcheampongat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Nuytinck
  • 17Conte
  • 18Acheampong
  • 24Heylen
  • 26Sylla
  • 33Roef
  • 38Kawaya

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Trippier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 15Dier
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forAlliat 65'minutes
  • 17TownsendSubstituted forOnomahat 80'minutes
  • 11Lamela
  • 23Eriksen
  • 14N'JieBooked at 55minsSubstituted forKaneat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 10Kane
  • 13Vorm
  • 20Alli
  • 25Onomah
  • 27Wimmer
  • 29Winks
Referee:
Pol van Boekel
Attendance:
18,504

Match Stats

Home TeamAnderlechtAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, RSC Anderlecht 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, RSC Anderlecht 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Attempt missed. Ibrahima Conte (RSC Anderlecht) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Defour with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, RSC Anderlecht. Ibrahima Conte replaces Dennis Praet.

Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

Guillaume Gillet (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Dennis Praet (RSC Anderlecht) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Idrissa Sylla (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, RSC Anderlecht. Idrissa Sylla replaces Stefano Okaka.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Guillaume Gillet (RSC Anderlecht).

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Frank Acheampong (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Dennis Praet (RSC Anderlecht) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Defour.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Josh Onomah replaces Andros Townsend.

Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (RSC Anderlecht) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kara with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, RSC Anderlecht. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela tries a through ball, but Harry Kane is caught offside.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Guillaume Gillet.

Goal!

Goal! RSC Anderlecht 2, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Stefano Okaka (RSC Anderlecht) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Frank Acheampong with a cross.

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ivan Obradovic (RSC Anderlecht).

Offside, RSC Anderlecht. Leander Dendoncker tries a through ball, but Frank Acheampong is caught offside.

Hand ball by Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur).

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Guillaume Gillet (RSC Anderlecht).

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Leander Dendoncker (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Davies with a through ball.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Kara (RSC Anderlecht) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, RSC Anderlecht. Dennis Praet tries a through ball, but Stefano Okaka is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, RSC Anderlecht. Frank Acheampong replaces Imoh Ezekiel.

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Obradovic (RSC Anderlecht).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Mousa Dembélé.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 22nd October 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde32107347
2Fenerbahçe311145-14
3Ajax302134-12
4Celtic302157-22

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Sion32104227
2Liverpool30303303
3Bordeaux302112-12
4Rubin Kazan302123-12

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund32106337
2FK Krasnodar31113304
3PAOK Salonika30301103
4FK Qabala301225-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli3300111109
2FC Midtjylland32015506
3Club Brugge301229-71
4Legia Warsaw301214-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna33006339
2Villarreal32016246
3Viktoria Plzen31024403
4Dinamo Minsk300307-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga33005239
2Slovan Liberec31112204
3Marseille31025413
4FC Groningen301215-41

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio32107437
2Dnipropetrovsk31112204
3Saint-Étienne31115504
4Rosenborg301236-31

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow32106247
2Besiktas31203215
3Sporting31117524
4Skenderbeu300318-70

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel32015326
2Belenenses311125-34
3Lech Poznan311123-14
4Fiorentina31026423

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco31203215
2Anderlecht31113304
3Tottenham31115414
4FK Qarabag310224-23

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke32109277
2Sparta Prague31205325
3Apoel Nicosia310226-43
4Asteras Tripolis301227-51

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao32016336
2Partizan Belgrade32016516
3AZ Alkmaar310245-13
4Augsburg310236-33
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