Rennes 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Nuno curses 'terrible' luck with injuries as Spurs draw

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Lucas MouraAfter making Spurs' first goal, Lucas Moura limped off in the second half

Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo cursed his side's "terrible" luck with injuries as they lost more players in their Europa Conference League draw at Rennes.

Midfielder Lucas Moura and winger Steven Bergwijn limped off as Spurs came from behind against the Ligue 1 side.

"It's been terrible, I must be honest. Let's not hide behind anything," said Nuno.

The 47-year-old added: "After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us.

"But this is football. And we know it's a moment we have to overcome."

In a game where the momentum swung throughout, Nuno's side opened the scoring when Moura's low cross was deflected into his own net by Rennes defender Loic Bade.

The hosts pushed for an equaliser after going behind and found a breakthrough when Flavien Tait played a quick one-two with Serhou Guirassy, before curling past Pierluigi Gollini from the edge of the box.

Rennes had the better chances in the second half and took the lead on 72 minutes through a close-range Gaetan Laborde finish.

Substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found the bottom corner from Matt Doherty's cross four minutes later to rescue a point for a much-changed Spurs side.

Nuno made eight changes from Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace with only Harry Kane, Moura and Japhet Tanganga retaining their places.

Spurs short of attacking options as injury list grows

Spurs travelled to Brittany without the injured Son Heung-min and Eric Dier, while Giovani lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez are still training in Croatia after defying Premier League guidelines and travelling to South America for World Cup qualifiers last week.

With Dutch side Vitesse and Slovenia's NS Mura joining Spurs and Rennes in Group G, the trip to Roazhon Park always looked like the trickiest test for Nuno's side in the group.

But Spurs made a bright start and showed promise in the early stages, though they needed a slice of luck to find an opening. A move started by a superb Tanguy Ndombele backheel ended up in the back of the net as Moura's cross deflected off Bade and in at the near post.

But as the hosts began to dominate chances and scored a goal either side of half-time, there were fresh injury fears for the Premier League side when Steven Bergwijn was forced off on the half hour mark after he appeared to aggravate the ankle injury which ruled him out of the defeat at Selhurst Park.

It went from bad to worse when Moura limped off early in the second half after a heavy challenge from Rennes' second goalscorer Tait, leaving Spurs short of attacking options against a Rennes side who looked hungry for an upset.

When asked if the pair would be fit for Sunday's Premier League game against Chelsea, Nuno said: "Painful, really bad. I cannot tell you. They are being taken care of by the medical department. But it's been tough."

On a night when Kane broke the record for the most European appearances in Tottenham's history, the Spurs captain was restricted to one shot on target and was replaced by Emerson 10 minutes into the second half.

With Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal still to come in the league this month, it is clear Nuno's side have much to improve on as they look for a first win in three games after their impressive unbeaten start to the season.

Reaction to Rennes v Tottenham, plus the rest of Thursday's European action.

Player of the match

TelMathys Tel

with an average of 6.47

Rennes

Squad number39Player nameTel

Squad number26Player nameUgochukwu

Squad number20Player nameTait

Squad number25Player nameMeling

Squad number9Player nameGuirassy

Squad number28Player nameMartin

Squad number24Player nameLaborde

Squad number8Player nameSantamaría

Squad number14Player nameBourigeaud

Squad number10Player nameSulemana

Squad number3Player nameTruffert

Squad number6Player nameAguerd

Squad number27Player nameTraoré

Squad number1Player nameSalin

Squad number4Player nameBadé

Tottenham Hotspur

Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg

Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura

Squad number28Player nameNdombele

Squad number14Player nameRodon

Squad number11Player nameGil

Squad number29Player nameSkipp

Squad number20Player nameAlli

Squad number25Player nameTanganga

Squad number23Player nameBergwijn

Squad number33Player nameDavies

Squad number44Player nameScarlett

Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal

Squad number22Player nameGollini

Squad number2Player nameDoherty

Squad number10Player nameKane

Line-ups

Rennes

Formation 4-1-4-1

1Salin27Traoré4Badé6Aguerd3TruffertSubstituted forMelingat 79'minutes8SantamaríaSubstituted forMartinat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins24Laborde14Bourigeaud20Tait10SulemanaSubstituted forUgochukwuat 79'minutes9GuirassySubstituted forTelat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

16Gomis18Abline19Diouf22Assignon23Omari25Meling26Ugochukwu28Martin30Bonet37Tchaouna39Tel

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

22Gollini2Doherty25Tanganga14Rodon33Davies28NdombeleSubstituted forAlliat 79'minutes29Skipp27Lucas MouraSubstituted forScarlettat 54'minutes11GilBooked at 82mins23BergwijnSubstituted forHøjbjergat 30'minutes10KaneSubstituted forLeite de Souza Juniorat 54'minutes

Substitutes

1Lloris3Reguilón5Højbjerg8Winks12Leite de Souza Junior20Alli40Austin43John44Scarlett46Fagan-Walcott49Omole54Markanday

Live Text

Match ends, Rennes 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Second Half ends, Rennes 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Jonas Martin (Rennes) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Jonas Martin (Rennes).

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

Gaëtan Laborde (Rennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Rennes. Mathys Tel replaces Serhou Guirassy.

Attempt missed. Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with a cross following a set piece situation.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Loic Badé (Rennes).

Emerson Royal (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Flavien Tait (Rennes).

Corner, Rennes. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Attempt blocked. Serhou Guirassy (Rennes) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Flavien Tait.

Substitution, Rennes. Jonas Martin replaces Baptiste Santamaría.

Attempt missed. Baptiste Santamaría (Rennes) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Benjamin Bourigeaud.

Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bryan Gil (Tottenham Hotspur).

Hamari Traoré (Rennes) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur).

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