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NS Mura beat a very underwhelming Tottenham in the Europa Conference League on Tuesday evening.

Ryan Sessegnon was sent off before the interval and, outside of Harry Kane’s initial equaliser with around ten minutes to go, Spurs looked lethargic.

New boss Antonio Conte will have watched on with horror as his side lost at the death to a team with a UEFA coefficient ranking of 341.

Even though they were reduced to 10 men just after the half-hour when Sessegnon was sent off, Spurs should still have had enough to see off opposition who had lost their previous four games in the competition and are mid-table in the Slovenian league.

Instead they lost to Amadej Marosa’s stoppage-time goal after Harry Kane had earlier cancelled out Tomi Horvat’s shock opener.

The defeat means Spurs will likely have to beat Rennes in their final game to be assured of qualification for the knockout stages and they can no longer qualify as group winners, meaning they will have to play an extra round.

It was another night of disappointment for those hoping for the chance to impress Conte, with Dele Alli particularly poor and not lasting beyond 52 minutes, and the Italian has further evidence of just how big a job he faces in north London.

The night started in difficult fashion as Tottenham endured what are now customary troubles on their travels in Europe.

Mura, who were only formed in 2012, forged ahead in the 11th minute as Horvat was set free down the right. He took advantage of Davinson Sanchez’s slip and cut inside before curling a left-footed effort into the far corner.

In Kane, Alli and Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs had enough individual quality on the pitch to hurt their opposition, but they were playing with no cohesion and inflicted more self-harm in the 32nd minute.

All the pre-match narrative had been about how this was Sessegnon’s chance to stake his claim under Conte, but he had a night to forget as he picked up a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Ziga Kous and was sent off.

Kane nearly brought the 10 men level five minutes later after a neat turn, but his shot from 12 yards went just wide.

In the end Spurs were lucky to get to the interval just 1-0 down as Nik Lorbek flashed an effort just wide with goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini rooted to the spot.

Conte had seen enough early in the second half and introduced Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Eric Dier and Ben Davies - and it almost paid immediate dividends.

Son went on a surging run into the penalty area, rounding several defenders before stinging the palms of Matko Obradovic, who made his first save of the evening.

From the resulting corner Kane should have equalised, but he directed a free header straight at Obradovic.

Spurs eventually found a leveller in the 72nd minute as Kane produced a nice finish.

Two Mura defenders left a Moura pass to each other, allowing the England captain to nip in and clip home in style.

Spurs pushed forward for a winner, with Moura drilling an effort over, but they never looked like winning and instead it was the Slovenians who capped a historic night.

Marosa was released down the right, he cut inside Sanchez and his deflected effort looped over a helpless Gollini to spark wild scenes of celebration.

Additional reporting from PA

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Key Points

  • Kick-off: 17.45pm GMT, Stadion Ljudski

  • TV channel: BT Sport 2

  • Prediction

  • Confirmed Tottenham XI

  • GOAL: Mura 1-0 Tottenham

  • Ryan Sessegnon sent off

  • GOAL: Mura 1-1 Tottenham

Full-time: NS Mura 2-1 Tottenham

19:44 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s over!

Terrible from Spurs who, outside of one moment of class from Harry Kane, never looked worthy winners.

GOAL: NS Mura 2-1 Tottenham

19:43 , Jonathan Gorrie

90:00 - Mura hit Spurs on the break and score in the final minute!

Watch Harry Kane’s goal

19:28 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mura settling the game down

19:26 , Jonathan Gorrie

81:00 - Good game management from Mura.

Spurs have their tails up and the home side are looking to take the sting out of the game by keeping a hold of the ball.

Malik Ouzia from Slovenia

19:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

That’s a lovely finish from Harry Kane - but that it pretty much came about by accident tells you all you need to know. Can they push on now and nick this?

GOAL: NS Mura 1-1 Tottenham

19:16 , Jonathan Gorrie

72:00 - Brilliant pass from Moura plays Harry Kane through in the box. The England captain then lifts the ball over the ‘keeper from a tight angle.

Excellent stuff.

Kane free-kick

19:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

66:00 - To sum up his night thus far, Harry Kane has just blazed a free-kick over.

Very poor indeed.

Mura’s second wind

19:09 , Jonathan Gorrie

64:00 - After looking somewhat weary as Spurs brought on their big name subs, Mura are starting to enjoy a bit more of the possession.

The game is starting to open up, however, which you’d imagine suits Spurs better given the level of quality in their attacking areas.

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR SPURS

19:03 , Jonathan Gorrie

59:00 - From the resulting corner, Kane heads right at the ‘keeper when he appeared to be in acres of space.

Should probably have done better but Spurs are getting closer.

CHANCE FOR SPURS

19:02 , Jonathan Gorrie

58:00 - The changes are working.

Son and Lucas combine well and the South Korean tests the ‘keeper from a tight angle.

Conte rings the changes

18:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

54:00 - Rodon, Gil, Doherty and Alli off for Son, Dier, Moura and Davies.

That says a lot about how this evening has gone.

Dele Alli booked

18:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

52:00 Another of those given a chance to impress, Dele Alli has done little of anything.

He’s now been booked after a flare-up between the two sets of players.

The face of a man who does not look impressed

18:56 , Jonathan Gorrie

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Malik Ouzia: Conte now ready to ring the changes

18:54 , Jonathan Gorrie

Conte had given the side that came back out five minutes here and doesn’t like it. He’s about to make a quadruple change.

No changes from Tottenham

18:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

Surprisingly, Conte hasn’t changed anything at half-time despite the red card and a pretty turgid performance.

How long will he wait?

Second-half

18:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

We’re back underway in Slovenia where Spurs have largely been awful.

Can Conte mastermind another second-half turnaround?

Malik Ouzia’s half-time verdict

18:35 , Jonathan Gorrie

Another half-time Conte rocket in bound. The Italian has been relatively restrained on the touchline but he must be absolutely furious with what he’s seen. Spurs have been abysmal.

Half-time: NS Mura 1-0 Tottenham

18:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Awful half of football from Tottenham so far and their task has been made much harder through Sessegnon’s red card.

Surely there’s more to come? There has to be.

CHANCE FOR MURA

18:29 , Jonathan Gorrie

42:00 - Lobrek goes just wide after Mura play through Spurs with relative ease.

One and two-touch passing left Spurs bewildered and bemused.

Really not very good so far.

The wing-back problem

18:26 , Jonathan Gorrie

CHANCE FOR SPURS

18:24 , Jonathan Gorrie

36:00 - Kane does well to make space for a shot inside the box from a tight angle but the ball goes just wide.

Malik Ouzia from Slovenia

18:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

Well that is an absolute disaster for Ryan Sessegnon. Talked up by Conte ahead of this game, he’s on his way for a second yellow card before half-time. Spurs are bang in trouble.

RED CARD: Ryan Sessegnon

18:18 , Jonathan Gorrie

30:00 - Bad to worse for Spurs as Ryan Sessegnon, finally enjoying a chance in the first-team, is sent off for his second yellow.

Madness.

Good challenge Rodon

18:15 , Jonathan Gorrie

26:00 - The Spurs defence without Romero isn’t exactly set, so Joe Rodon does have a chance to impress.

The Welshman just used his speed and strength to stop Mura getting through after a turnover in play.

About the most urgent thing Spurs have done so far.

Finally!

18:13 , Jonathan Gorrie

24:00 - Well, it’s not exactly asking much, but Spurs have their first shot on target through Sessegnon.

Something to build on, at least.

Malik Ouzia from Slovenia

18:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

That Spurs left flank looks very imbalanced. Sanchez, on the left of the back-three, wants to come inside on his right the whole time and that means Sessegnon is posted high on the left but never looks like receiving the ball. Mind you, Matt Doherty is having a bit of a shocker on the right so far.

Gollini to the rescue

18:07 , Jonathan Gorrie

21:00 - Gollini does well to head clear a Mura long ball, which looked to have beaten the Tottenham defence, from outside of his box.

That, really, is about the only good thing this second-string Spurs XI have mustered so far.

Spurs sloppy

18:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

19:00 - Where is the energy from Spurs?

The home side are winning seemingly every 50/50 challenge and Tottenham have been so sloppy going forward, it’s like the worst days of Nuno reign.

Malik Ouzia on Mura’s goal

18:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Wasn’t quite in the script, that. It was a moment of magic from Tomi Horvat, but Spurs’ backline were guilty of being a bit hesitant, not for the first time in the opening quarter-of-an-hour. What Conte would have been hoping would be a comfortable evening has just gotten a little more complicated.

GOAL: Mura 1-0 Tottenham | Tomi Horvat ‘10

17:57 , Jonathan Gorrie

10:00 - Tomi Horvat, who caused problems in the first leg, scores a brilliant goal after Sanchez leaves him in space.

Spurs not exactly firing on all cylinders

17:53 , Jonathan Gorrie

07:00 - Mura almost in behind just now but Sessegnon does well to cover.

Not exactly inspiring from Spurs so far.

Malik Ouzia in Slovenia

17:52 , Jonathan Gorrie

Dele Alli’s made a pretty bright start for Spurs and it looks like his runs beyond Kane will cause plenty of problems. He’s less than pleased with Doherty - who’s had a few loose early touches - as the wing-back fails to spot his run and tries to pick out Gil instead.

Kane x Doherty

17:49 , Jonathan Gorrie

03:00 - Not too much to report in the early stages but it seems Kane is looking to link up with Doherty in particular.

Mura enjoying some good possession right now.

Kick-off!

17:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

We’re underway in Slovenia!

Malik Ouzia from Slovenia

17:31 , Jonathan Gorrie

It’s just coming up to 6:30pm local time here in Maribor and it feels like the temperature has dropped significantly even in the hour we’ve been in the ground. Worth remembering that the Stadion Ljudski vrt is not actually Mura’s home ground - they usually play a good 50km from here in the town of Murska Sobota.

The results of the Evening Standard poll

17:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

Antonio Conte on BT Sport

17:21 , Jonathan Gorrie

“There is an ambition to win a trophy in Europe, why not with Tottenham?”

Glenn Hoddle on BT Sport

17:19 , Jonathan Gorrie

Speaking about Conte’s preferred 3-man defensive unit, Hoddle says: “I think that’s where he’s at, at the moment.

“That shape is exactly what [Thomas] Tuchel did when he came in at Chelsea.

“I think Tottenham are going to play that way every single week.”

What happened the last times these two teams met

17:12 , Jonathan Gorrie

Malik Ouzia’s pre-match thoughts

17:05 , Jonathan Gorrie

The players taking in the surroundings

16:55 , Jonathan Gorrie

Malik Ouzia from Slovenia

16:45 , Jonathan Gorrie

Can this man impress?

16:37 , Jonathan Gorrie

Dele Alli gets a chance to impress Antonio Conte tonight and, frankly, needs to take it.

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham XI

16:34 , Jonathan Gorrie

Ryan Sessengon interview

16:11 , Jonathan Gorrie

Prediction

15:50 , Jonathan Gorrie

Mura were hit for five in north London back in September courtesy of Harry Kane’s 30-minute hat-trick off the bench and further goals from Dele and Lo Celso - and that was the horribly mundane Spurs of the Nuno era.

Tottenham look to be building some early momentum under the enigmatic Conte after a rousing comeback win over Leeds and Mura - fifth in their own domestic league and 11 points off the title pace - are likely to be in for another long night here, even against a weakened Spurs XI.

NS Mura 0-3 Tottenham.

Early Tottenham team news

15:40 , Jonathan Gorrie

Antonio Conte will take a different approach to Tottenham predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo by taking a full squad to Slovenia in the Europa Conference League tonight.

Nuno left his first XI at home for the trip to Vitesse Arnhem last month but Conte has said all his players must be ready to play.

Conte, though, has promised to rotate his squad for the match against NS Mura, with a number of players yet to start under the Italian, who has made just two changes to his XI in three matches in charge.

Spurs possible XI (3-4-2-1): Gollini; Sanchez, Dier, Rodon; Doherty, Skipp, Ndombele, Sessegnon; Gil, Dele; Kane.

How to watch

15:30 , Jonathan Gorrie

TV channel: In the UK, Thursday’s game will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 5:15pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

LIVE coverage: Get minute-by-minute updates through Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

Welcome

15:00 , Jonathan Gorrie

Welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of NS Mura vs Tottenham in the Europa Conference League this evening.

Kick-off at the Stadion Ljudski is at 17.45pm GMT with Malik Ouzia at the ground providing updates.

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