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A new-look Tottenham slipped to a 1-0 loss at Pacos de Ferreira of Portugal in their Europa Conference League play-off first leg on Thursday.

Mentor Nuno Espirito Santo rolled out 11 improvements to the group that crushed bosses Manchester City in their Premier League opener at the end of the week.

As anyone might expect, it was an incoherent exhibition by the Londoners who were again without England star Harry Kane.

Three of Tottenham’s mid year signings began the game — goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, safeguard Cristian Romero and winger Bryan Gil.

Youngsters Nile John and Dane Scarlett were given opportunities to excel while indistinguishable twins Michael and Matthew Craig were on the seat.

Lucas Silva struck the solitary objective on the stroke of half-an ideal opportunity for the home side.

The 23-year-old Brazilian striker, endorsed from Flamengo last year, nipped in behind the Tottenham protection to space home the possibility.

“The choice was to attempt to offer minutes to players, to get minutes on their legs and increment the degrees of wellness,” Nuno told the BBC.

Europa Conference League: New-look Tottenham lose to Pacos de Ferreira in opener; Mourinho's Roma beat Trabzonspor

“Obviously things take some time.”

In Turkey, previous Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho partook in a triumphant beginning with Roma as the Italian side pushed out Trabzonspor 2-1.

Mourinho handled three new signings in his group and it was one of those, Eldor Shomurodov who got the victor.

With 10 minutes left, the Uzbek striker, endorsed from Genoa in the mid year, was quickest to respond when a header from Gianluca Mancini returned off the post.

Lorenzo Pellegrini had given Roma a 55th-minute lead when Henrikh Mkhitaryan, another fresh debut, played in the unequivocal pass.

The Turks were level 10 minutes some other time when substitute Andreas Cornelius headed in only minutes subsequent to supplanting Gervinho.

“This isn’t a Conference League level rival, it seemed more like a Champions League play-off,” Mourinho revealed to Sky Sport Italia.

“They have a ton of experienced players. There was pressure and in the event that anybody figured this would be simple, they were mixed up.”

Somewhere else, Colombian striker Luis Sinisterra scored a full go-around as 1970 European Cup victors Feyenoord destroyed Elfsborg of Sweden 5-0.

In a tie highlighting the most westerly club in an European first class, Santa Clara of Portugal, who are situated in the Azores, crushed Partizan Belgrade 2-1.

In the Europa League end of the season games, Greek heroes Olympiakos surrounded the gathering stage with a 3-0 home success over Slovan Bratislava.

Mady Camara, Pape Abou Cisse and an own objective from Vasil Bozhikov got the triumph.

Galatasaray, crushed in Champions League qualifying by PSV Eindhoven, drew 1-1 at Randers who were just 6th in the Danish association last season.

Antwerp persevered through an intense beginning to their mission, losing 4-2 at Cypriot heroes Omonia Nicosia.

Scottish heroes Rangers pushed out Alashkert of Armenia 1-0 at Ibrox having played the whole second half with 10 men following a red card for John Lundstram.


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