Tottenham go down to defeat in Belgium…See full details

Gent's players celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League football match between KAA Gent and Tottenham, on February 16, 2017, in Ghent.<br />JASPER JACOBS / BELGA / AFP

Tottenham Hotspur have work to do in their Europa League round of 32 tie against Gent after losing 1-0 in the first leg in Belgium on Thursday.

The only goal of the game came just before the hour mark when French striker Jeremy Perbet scored at the second attempt from a Danijel Milicevic cutback, as Gent coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck celebrated his 53rd birthday with a win.

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris pushed a Milicevic shot onto the post while Harry Kane had earlier struck an upright at the other end.

It was a disappointing performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who must now look to turn the tie around in next week’s return if they are to avoid being eliminated from a second European competition in barely two months.

Spurs, who are third in the Premier League, were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage.

Elsewhere, Fiorentina won 1-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach with a solitary Federico Bernardeschi goal, while Lyon romped to a 4-1 victory at AZ Alkmaar, Alexandre Lacazette scoring twice.

There were also wins for Krasnodar, Rostov, Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Copenhagen.

Manchester United face Saint-Etienne and Villarreal take on Roma in the pick of the late kick-offs.

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