Tanguy Ndombele spared Tottenham Hotspur's blushes yesterday against Bulgarian minnows Lokomotiv Plovdiv, bagging the victor to help his side book a place in the third qualifying round of the Europa League following a hard-fought 2-1 win.
Spurs named a strong team in Bulgaria but were facing an embarrassing loss when Georgi Minchev put the hosts ahead in the 71st minute.
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 went 1-0 down in the 71st minute but Harry Kane equalised from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time before substitute Tanguy Ndombele netted the victor five minutes later to send Spurs through to the third qualifying round.
Tanguy Ndombele snatched the victor to book a third qualifying round tie with Macedonian outfit, Shkendija. I think it was 15 or 20 minutes to play.
Steven Bergwijn rattled the crossbar soon after from the edge of the area and then the Dutchman should have won a penalty after being clearly tripped, but the referee chose not to give it.
However, with the clock running down, Dinis Costa handled Ben Davies' goalbound attempt - Kane converted the resulting spot-kick - Costa became the first Plovdiv player to head for an early bath, swiftly followed by Birsent Karagaren for appearing to damage the penalty spot ahead of the England skipper's kick. A corner was flicked on to the back post where Minchev ran in to slam past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. In the 85th minute, Spurs turned the scoreline around as Moura's cross from the right was bundled home by Tanguy Ndombele to seal a comeback that could prove to be a returning point for Jose Mourinho. Click the link in the orange box above for details.