Tottenham 0-1 Roma: Jose Mourinho gets one over his former side
Tottenham 0-1 Roma: Jose Mourinho gets one over his former side and rival Antonio Conte after Roger Ibanez’s first-half goal is enough to hand Spurs their first defeat of pre-season
- Tottenham suffered defeat in their final game before the new season next week
- Spurs came up against their former manager Jose Mourinho and Roma in Israel
- Roger Ibanez scored the only goal to give Spurs their first pre-season defeat
Jose Mourinho got one over his former side as Roma took a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Israel.
Roger Ibanez scored the only goal of the game, as the Serie A side handed Spurs their first defeat of pre-season.
It is the last game for Antonio Conte’s side before they start their Premier League season on Saturday, August 6, against Southampton.
Roma defender Roger Ibanez (centre) celebrates after scoring the decisive goal against Spurs
Jose Mourinho did have something to smile about eventually as he got one over his former side
Roma were impressive in the first-half with new signing Paulo Dybala electric for the Serie A side.
Ibanez handed Roma the lead after 29 minutes when he headed in from a corner by Lorenzo Pellegrini – with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot.
Tottenham’s reprieve is short-lived as from the resulting corner from Pellegrini, Ibanez rises highest to glance home a fine header into the bottom corner.
Lloris was rooted to the spot, and like at Rangers last weekend, Spurs are going to have to come from behind here.
Harry Kane did find the back of the net after a one-two with Dejan Kulusevski, but the Swede was correctly ruled offside.
Spurs had a number of chances in the second-half to get back into the game, but Mourinho’s men held on to take the victory.
It was a disappointing display from Antonio Conte’s side in their final pre-season friendly
Tottenham defender Cristian Romero battles for possession with Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo
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