Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino’s men held in Florence

first_img Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Mauricio Pochettino’s men held in Europa League last 32 Tottenham will take a valuable away goal back to White Hart Lane after drawing 1-1 at Fiorentina. It was the first leg of the Europa League last 32 and Nacer Chadli’s first-half penalty was cancelled out by Federico Bernardeschi in the second period. Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased to return to north London on level terms, with the second leg taking place next week. After a quiet start in Florence, the hosts nearly took the lead through Polish midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski – on loan from Borussia Dortmund – but Toby Alderweireld made a good last-ditch block.Christian Eriksen went close as his dipping strike was tipped over the bar by Viola shot-stopper Ciprian Tatarusanu.Star man Dele Alli was lucky to still be on the pitch after half an hour when he appeared to kick his opponent who was on the floor, with the 19-year-old escaping with just a booking.With the half-time whistle just moments away, Spurs full-back Ben Davies was fouled in the box and the referee had no choice but to award the spot-kick, which Chadli successfully converted.Pochettino’s men nearly doubled their lead two minutes into the second half as Heung-Min Son headed home Eriksen’s cross, but it was ruled out for offside.Son went close again as he was teed up by Alli, flashing a shot just wide of the target.The Serie A side were back on level terms just before the hour as Bernardeschi’s 20-yard shot deflected off stand-in captain Ryan Mason. It sailed out of the reach of goalkeeper Michel Vorm, in for the injured Hugo Lloris.Matias Vecino nearly put the home side in front as Vorm patted away another shot and former West Ham attacker Mauro Zarate flashed a looping volley just past the post in injury time.Alli was brought down in the box in the final quarter of an hour, but referee Felix Zwayer stood firm. Nevertheless, the Argentinian boss will be pleased to take a level scoreline back to the lane. 1last_img

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