Dramatic late turnaround sees Spurs sink Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Harry Kane celebrates a goal with Tanguy Ndonbele Source: Getty Images

Tottenham battled back from the brink to avoid Europa League humiliation as a late turnaround secured a 2-1 second-round qualifying win at Lokomotiv Plovdiv, who had two players sent off.

Jose Mourinho's men, who had been dominant, looked set to be eliminated from European football for the season when Lokomotiv took a 71st-minute lead, but two of the home team's players were dismissed in quick succession and Spurs netted twice in the latter stages to scrape through to the next round.

Spurs had no issue controlling proceedings as they enjoyed 72 per cent of the first-half possession, but they lacked a clinical edge in the final third, with Steven Bergwijn going closest when striking the crossbar early on.

Lokomotiv seemed to have made the most of Spurs' struggles when Georgi Minchev headed them into the lead, but Dinis Almeida was sent off for denying a certain goal – with Harry Kane subsequently netting from the spot – and Birsent Karagaren followed his teammate in an early exit.

Tanguy Ndombele then completed the comeback with five minutes to go, though that was unlikely to be enough to prevent significant criticism of Spurs' performance.

Spurs unsurprisingly began on the front foot and went agonisingly close to the lead in just the 10th minute, with Giovani Lo Celso teeing up Bergwijn to hit the frame of the goal from the edge of the box.

Bergwijn was involved again just before the half-hour mark, spinning away from a defender and appearing to be fouled in the box, but no penalty was awarded.

Spurs' dominance continued into the second period, with a lovely move early on again producing a fine opportunity, but Son shot over from around six yards out after Ben Davies latched on to Kane's through-ball.

Lo Celso was the next to go close in the 69th minute, curling just past the post from 20 yards, and Lokomotiv capitalised soon after.

Dimitar Iliev flicked on a corner and Minchev nodded in, though much more drama was to follow.

Almeida was given a straight red soon after for handball on the goal-line, while Karagaren was shown a second yellow just a few seconds later after the referee picked up on another indiscretion.

Kane was eventually able to take his kick and made no mistake, before Ndombele slotted home from the centre of the box after being picked out by Lucas Moura.

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