After failing to make it into the last 16 of the Champions League, Tottenham have suffered the same fate in the Europa League, courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Belgian side Gent.
Spurs came into Thursday’s second leg at Wembley a goal down but confident of turning the tie around, with Mauricio Pochettino naming a strong side.
The Lilywhites got off to the perfect start, with Christian Eriksen firing past Gent ‘keeper Lovre Kalinic.
However, 10 minutes later, the visitors were level, courtesy of a Harry Kane own-goal.
Just before half-time, Spurs’ hopes of a victory were severely dashed when Dele Alli saw red for truly appalling challenge on Brecht Dejaegere.
Down to 10 men, Tottenham still produced a decent display in the second-half, with Victor Wanyama’s curling effort putting them back in the tie.
However, on 82 minutes, Gent would provide the knockout blow, with Jeremy Perbet netting from close-range to put the Belgian side into the last 16.
Wembley has proven a hindrance rather than a help for Spurs this season, despite Thursday’s sell-out crowd, with the north Londoners somewhat humbled by an inferior opposition.
Britain’s hopes of Europa League glory now lie with Manchester United, who cruised into the last 16 courtesy of a 4-0 aggregate victory against St. Etienne.