Europa League - 1st Leg
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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Fiorentina

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Roberto Soldado
Roberto Soldado's fifth goal of the season gave Tottenham an early lead
  • Basanta gives Fiorentina advantage with away goal
  • Soldado ends 10-match goal drought for Spurs
  • Kane on bench, plays last 24 minutes
  • Fiorentina will go through with 0-0 draw at home

Tottenham face a battle to remain in the Europa League after being held to a round of 32 first-leg draw by Fiorentina at White Hart Lane.

Roberto Soldado volleyed in a sixth-minute opener from Paulinho's corner as Spurs dominated the opening half-hour.

But Argentina centre-back Jose Maria Basanta scrambled in an away goal that gives Vincenzo Montella's side the edge ahead of next week's second leg.

Nacer Chadli hit the bar for Spurs, who faded after half-time.

Soldado started instead of 23-goal top scorer Harry Kane as head coach Mauricio Pochettino - facing the first of six matches in 17 days - made six changes in an attempt to keep his squad fresh.

At first, it looked as though his rotation would pay off. Fiorentina's Romanian goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu had just made a good block to keep out Chadli when he was beaten from the resulting corner.

Soldado, who has rarely looked like justifying his £26m transfer fee since arriving from Valencia in August 2013, turned Paulinho's delivery into the corner of the net.

Roberto Soldado
Soldado's previous Tottenham goal had come in a 4-0 League Cup win over Newcastle on 17 December

Montella's wing-back system threatened to fall apart at times in the first half, with Manuel Pasqual given a very tough time as Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend attacked down the Tottenham right.

Christian Eriksen lifted over a decent chance after being set up by Chadli, Soldado forced a save out of Tatarusanu with an overhead kick, and Townsend cut in from the right to open up space for a shot that was blocked.

But Montella's side rode that difficult spell and drew level as Basanta - who featured twice for Argentina at last summer's World Cup - bundled in the loose ball from close range after Hugo Lloris had beaten out Matias Fernandez's vicious inswinging free-kick from the left.

Spurs should have regained the lead in the last minute of the first half, but Chadli lifted a shot against the underside of the bar from six yards after Tatarusanu had palmed out Eriksen's flicked header.

Tough on the road
Fiorentina are unbeaten in their last 10 European away games - and have not lost in 13 matches on their travels in the Europa League and its predecessor, the Uefa Cup.

Montella attempted to shore up his side by switching to a back four and moving right wing-back Joaquin over to the left to help Pasqual, a change that succeeded in cutting off the threat of Walker and Townsend.

Former Spain international Joaquin set up on-loan Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah to steer a shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area soon after the interval.

Fiorentina - fourth in Serie A - continued to create occasional openings while frustrating Tottenham.

Pochettino brought on Kane for the final 24 minutes in an attempt to fashion a first-leg advantage, but he was unable to make a significant impact.

Tottenham's best second-half opening came when Eriksen's well-judged flick put Paulinho through, but keeper Tatarusanu timed his advance to make the block.

Fiorentina saw out the game comfortably and, with their away goal, need only a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi to reach the last 16.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "I think we deserved more. We created more chances in the first half and dominated the opening 45 minutes.

"I'm happy with the performance but disappointed with the result. We need to go to Florence to try to win the game and progress."

Harry Kane
Harry Kane started on the bench as Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino made six changes
Roberto Soldado
Soldado had gone 10 games without a goal before scoring against Fiorentina
Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris has kept one clean sheet in his last seven matches
Harry Kane
Kane, who had scored five goals in his previous three games, came on for the final 24 minutes

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 21Fazio
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forMasonat 84'minutes
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 17TownsendSubstituted forLamelaat 73'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forKaneat 66'minutes
  • 9SoldadoBooked at 35mins

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 15Dier
  • 18Kane
  • 19Dembélé
  • 38Mason

Fiorentina

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 15SavicBooked at 50mins
  • 2RodríguezBooked at 4mins
  • 19Basanta
  • 7Pizarro
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 14Fernández
  • 20Valero IglesiasSubstituted forBadeljat 78'minutes
  • 23PasqualSubstituted forAlonsoat 66'minutes
  • 74Salah
  • 33GomezSubstituted forIlicicat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Murara Neto
  • 4Richards
  • 5Badelj
  • 10Aquilani
  • 28Alonso
  • 30Babacar
  • 72Ilicic
Referee:
Carlos Velasco Carballo

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamFiorentina
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fiorentina 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Fiorentina 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matías Fernández (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joaquín.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Milan Badelj.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Marcos Alonso.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Fiorentina. Josip Ilicic replaces Mario Gomez.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Mason replaces Paulinho.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. Post update

    Matías Fernández (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Paulinho.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fiorentina. Milan Badelj replaces Borja Valero.

  12. Post update

    Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mario Gomez (Fiorentina).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by David Pizarro.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Andros Townsend.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ciprian Tatarusanu.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 19th February 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Mgladbach63301441012
2Villarreal6321157811
3FC Zürich62131014-47
4Apollon Limassol6105418-143

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Bruges6330102812
2Torino632193611
3HJK Helsinki6204511-66
4FC Copenhagen6114513-84

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas6330115612
2Tottenham632194511
3Asteras Tripolis6132710-36
4Partizan Belgrade602419-82

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg65102181316
2Celtic62221011-18
3Dinamo Zagreb62041215-36
4Astra Giurgiu6114615-94

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow660093618
2PSV Eindhoven62228808
3Estoril Praia612378-15
4Panathinaikos6024611-52

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan633062412
2Dnipropetrovsk621345-17
3FK Qarabag613235-26
4Saint-Étienne605123-15

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Feyenoord6402106412
2Sevilla632185311
3HNK Rijeka621378-17
4Standard Liege6114410-64

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton6321103711
2Wolfsburg63121410410
3FK Krasnodar6132712-56
4Lille604239-64

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli6411113813
2BSC Young Boys6402137612
3Sparta Prague6312116510
4Slovan Bratislava6006120-190

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kyiv6501124815
2Aalborg BK6303510-59
3FCSB621311927
4Rio Ave6114510-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411114713
2Guingamp631276110
3PAOK Salonika621310737
4Dinamo Minsk6114314-114

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Legia Warsaw650172515
2Trabzonspor631286210
3KSC Lokeren631244010
4Metalist Kharkiv6006310-70
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