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Monday 27 March 2017

Alli 'sorry' over Gent tackle

Dele Alli apologised to team-mates and Gent midfielder Brecht Dejaegere for his reckless tackle as 10-man Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Dele Alli apologised to team-mates and Gent midfielder Brecht Dejaegere for his reckless tackle as 10-man Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Dele Alli apologised to team-mates and Gent midfielder Brecht Dejaegere for his reckless tackle as 10-man Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League.

Spurs needed to win by two after Gent's 1-0 victory in Belgium last week but Alli's 39th-minute lunge on Dejaegere, and subsequent sending off, made the task all the more difficult at Wembley.

Christian Eriksen's opener and an own-goal from Harry Kane meant the score was 1-1 when Alli was given his marching orders by referee Manuel De Sousa.

Victor Wanyama's superb second-half strike gave Tottenham hope but Jeremy Perbet's late goal on the break sealed Gent a 2-2 draw and 3-2 win on aggregate.

Alli's challenge was high and dangerous, spearing his studs just below Dejaegere's knee, but the Belgian felt no bitterness after the match.

"Dele Alli just said sorry to me and that's nice from him, he's a professional," Dejaegere said.

"We're okay, it's football. I saw the images and it could have been much worse. I don't think he meant it because he came to apologise himself."

Dejaegere was able to continue initially but had to be substituted in the 56th minute when the pain in his knee became more acute.

Following their European exit, Spurs turn their focus back to the Premier League for tomorrow's home clash with Stoke City.

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