Section: Europa League

Europa League: Partizan Belgrade 0-0 Tottenham

Tottenham began their Europa League campaign with a spirited goalless draw against Group C rivals and Serbian league leaders Partizan Belgrade.

The visitors dominated the first half and striker Harry Kane could have put Spurs ahead within 60 seconds only for the crossbar to deny him.

A defensive lapse from Federico Fazio nearly put Danilo Pantic through, but the defender was let off the hook.

Clear chances were rare, though Sasa Ilic wasted a chance from distance.

The result, in what was Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s first managerial outing in the group stages of the Europa League, was an adequate reflection of the match.

Serbia SuperLiga leaders Partizan, unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions, finished the stronger side but rarely tested goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham, their personnel much-changed from the team which drew 2-2 at Sunderland last weekend, were snappy and compact in the face of Partizan’s second-half offensive.

And both teams will be hearted that Asteras Tripolis and Besiktas drew 1-1, leaving all four Group C sides with a point each after the opening round.

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Europa League : AS Trencin 0 – 0 Hull

Tom Huddlestone had a penalty saved as Hull City drew against AS Trencin in Slovakia on their European debut.

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The Tigers joined the Europa League third qualifying round after finishing runners-up in the FA Cup and were pushed all the way by the hosts.

But they will be disappointed not to have won the first leg with Huddlestone compounding his penalty miss by hitting the crossbar with the rebound.

The second leg will be played at Hull’s KC Stadium on Thursday, 7 August.

Hull, celebrating their 110th anniversary this year, had never qualified for European competition before reaching last season’s FA Cup final,which they lost 3-2 to Arsenal.

In order to qualify for the group stages, they will now have to beat Trencin at home – and then win the play-off round.

Steve Bruce picked a strong team, with three at the back, and they started well in Zilina’s Stadion Pod Dubnom, 50 miles from Trencin’s stadium, which does not meet Uefa requirements.