Europa League - Round of 32 - 1st Leg
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Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Tottenham
Nacer Chadli's goal was his sixth of the season

Tottenham will take an away goal into the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with Fiorentina after a draw in Italy.

Spurs took the lead in the first half when Ben Davies was fouled inside the area and Nacer Chadli rolled home the subsequent penalty.

However, Federico Bernardeschi equalised when his deflected strike looped into the net.

Dele Alli shot over late on for Spurs, but a draw was a fair result.

Relive Tottenham's draw at Fiorentina here

Can Tottenham challenge for three trophies?

Tottenham would be forgiven for prioritising domestic success over European glory this season, given they are in a strong position to challenge for a first league title in 55 years.

They are second in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Leicester, but manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed a desire to win every competition they are involved in.

Although he made six changes to the side that beat Manchester City on Sunday, there were still several first-teamers involved, including Alli, Christian Eriksen and Chadli.

For large periods of the match they looked like the home side as Fiorentina, perhaps aware of the visitors' threat on the counter-attack, adopted a cautious approach and did not have a shot on target in the first half.

It was not a classic Tottenham display, but the fact a much-changed team was able to secure a positive result away to a team that has won 10 of their 13 home games this season bodes well for Pochettino's ambitions.

Aggressive Alli benefits from patient Pochettino

Pochettino has been widely praised for nurturing Tottenham's young talent, with Alli one of the most exciting to emerge during his tenure.

The 19-year-old once again showed glimpses of the brilliance he is capable of, notably producing a neat bit of skill that almost got him out of trouble when surrounded by four Fiorentina players.

He did, however, show immaturity when he appeared to kick out at defender Nenad Tomovic, and was perhaps lucky to only be booked.

It might have been easy for Pochettino to substitute the midfielder soon after to avoid a potential sending off, but the Argentine instead showed his trust in the youngster by keeping him on.

Pochettino was almost rewarded late on when Alli's spectacular acrobatic effort was just over.

Man of the match - Dele Alli

Dele Alli
His moment of frustration aside, Dele Alli was the heartbeat of Tottenham's best moments

What they said

Tottenham boss Pochettino, speaking about Alli appearing to kick an opponent: "We need to try to teach him

"He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite football.

"It is his first season in the Premier League at Tottenham. He came from League One, he needs to learn a lot. But I didn't see it. Some people say 'yes', say 'no', so I don't know."

Read more from Pochettino

The stats you need to know

  • Spurs have scored all five of the penalties they've taken in the Europa League (excluding qualifiers), stretching back to November 2011.
  • Nacer Chadli was the fifth different scorer of those penalties in the Europa League, following Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend previously.
  • Four of Chadli's six goals for Spurs this season have been in cup competitions (three in the FA Cup, one in the Europa League).
  • Spurs have kept only one clean sheet in their last seven away European games.
  • Federico Bernardeschi has scored four goals in six Europa League games this season, including three in his last three.
  • Fiorentina are unbeaten in five games against English opposition (W3 D2), the last three of which have been games against Spurs.

What next?

The return leg is at White Hart Lane on 25 February. Before then, Spurs host Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Line-ups

Fiorentina

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 4Tomovic
  • 2Rodríguez
  • 13AstoriBooked at 20mins
  • 28Alonso
  • 16BlaszczykowskiSubstituted forN Kalinicat 62'minutes
  • 6Facundo CostaSubstituted forVecinoat 67'minutes
  • 20Valero Iglesias
  • 10Bernardeschi
  • 72IlicicSubstituted forBadeljat 61'minutes
  • 7Zárate

Substitutes

  • 5Badelj
  • 8Vecino
  • 9N Kalinic
  • 14Fernández
  • 23Pasqual
  • 30Babacar
  • 33Sepe

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 27Wimmer
  • 33DaviesBooked at 48mins
  • 8Mason
  • 28CarrollSubstituted forDembéléat 45'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forKaneat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Eriksen
  • 20AlliBooked at 30mins
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forDierat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walker
  • 3Rose
  • 10Kane
  • 15Dier
  • 19Dembélé
  • 25Onomah
  • 31McGee
Referee:
Felix Zwayer
Attendance:
15,200

Match Stats

Home TeamFiorentinaAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home20
Away23

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fiorentina 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fiorentina 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  3. Post update

    Davide Astori (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  5. Booking

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina).

  7. Post update

    Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Milan Badelj (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mauro Zárate (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gonzalo Rodríguez (Fiorentina) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Federico Bernardeschi with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Kevin Wimmer.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mauro Zárate (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Borja Valero.

  13. Post update

    Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Fiorentina. Gonzalo Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Borja Valero is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

  19. Post update

    Borja Valero (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matias Vecino.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 18th February 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde6321107311
2Fenerbahçe62317619
3Ajax61416607
4Celtic6033812-43

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool624064210
2FC Sion62315509
3Rubin Kazan61326606
4Bordeaux604257-24

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar641194513
2B Dortmund6312105510
3PAOK Salonika61413307
4FK Qabala6024212-102

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli66002231918
2FC Midtjylland6213612-67
3Club Bruges6123411-75
4Legia Warsaw6114410-64

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna6501106415
2Villarreal6411126613
3Viktoria Plzen6114810-24
4Dinamo Minsk6105311-83

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga641174313
2Marseille6402127512
3Slovan Liberec621368-27
4FC Groningen602428-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6420136714
2Saint-Étienne623110739
3Dnipropetrovsk621368-27
4Rosenborg6024412-82

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow6321127511
2Sporting63121411310
3Besiktas62317619
4Skenderbeu6105413-93

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411105513
2Fiorentina6312116510
3Lech Poznan612326-45
4Belenenses612328-65

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham6411126613
2Anderlecht631286210
3Monaco613259-46
4FK Qarabag611448-44

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke64201531214
2Sparta Prague6330105512
3Asteras Tripolis6114412-84
4Apoel Nicosia6105312-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao6411168813
2Augsburg6303121119
3Partizan Belgrade63031014-49
4AZ Alkmaar6114813-54
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