Tottenham beat nine-man Plovdiv to advance to Europa League third qualifying round
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Tottenham beat nine-man Plovdiv to advance to Europa League third qualifying round

Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the Europa League third qualifying round following a 2-1 victory over Plovdiv. 

After a goalless draw in the first half, Spurs found themselves trailing thanks to Minchev's 71st-minute strike. The north London club had only 19 minutes to turn things around or it could be a season with no European football.  

Ten minutes to stoppage time, the hosts were reduced to ten men after Almeida was sent off for handling the line and Spurs drew level as Harry Kane scored from the spot-kick.

Things got ugly for Plovdiv after getting the second red card for Karagaren and joined his team-mate for an early bath. 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. 

Spurs will now travel to North Macedonia for a one-off third qualifying round clash with Shkendija next Thursday. Win that, and a Europa League play-off is all that will stand between Jose Mourinho's side and the group stages.