Tottenham have dropped their first match of this seasonâ€™s Europa League with a 1-0 defeat at Rubin Kazan tonight.
A mostly inexperienced Spurs line-up was outplayed for much of the 90 minutes by a Rubin side determined to give themselves every chance of qualifying for the next phase which they have done by temporarily moving top of Group A.
Bebars Natchoâ€™s 55th minute free-kick was the difference between the sides although Rubin had a massive 10 shots on goal compared to Tottenhamâ€™s one and could have easily won by more on the night.
Spurs started brightly but the home side did all the attacking after a quiet beginning, forcing Spurs keeper Carlo Cudicini to make a number of vital saves.
The loss was Tottenhamâ€™s first in their past seven matches in all competitions and places them second in their group although they are likely to fall to third as PAOK are leading Shamrock Rovers 3-1 at time of writing.
Europa League Group A
Rubin Kazan (RUS): 1 (Bebars Natcho 55â€™)
Tottenham Hotspur (NG): 0
Tsentralnyi Stadium, Kazan
Yellow cards: RUB - Alxander Ryazantsev 87â€™, Alexei Eremenko 90+2â€™
TOT - Sebastien Bassong 54â€™, Jermain Defoe 55â€™