Then Birsent Karagaren’s not-so-subtle attempts to rake up the penalty spot with his studs earned him a second yellow.
There is not a divot big enough to have prevented Harry Kane from putting the penalty into the top corner to level the scores.
Seven minutes later, Moura’s low cross was bundled unconvincingly into the corner of the net via substitute Tanguy Ndombele’s shin.
Viewers back in England finally rejoined the action for four minutes of injury time as Tottenham crept over the line to earn themselves a trip to Macedonian side Shkendija next Thursday.
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But the distance they have to travel metaphorically to get back to where they are expected to be is much, much further even than that.
On this evidence, Bale cannot come back soon enough.
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