Kane-free Spurs lose 1-0 in Portugal

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Tottenham Hotspur will have work to do in the second leg of their Europa Conference League play-off tie with Pacos de Ferreira after losing 1-0 in Portugal.

A much-changed team went down to Lucas Silva's goal on the stroke of halftime on Thursday and they did not have the firepower or quality to fight back, failing to muster a single shot on target.

It is not what Nuno Espirito Santo would have wanted to see from players who were on the fringes of the side that beat defending EPL champions Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

He may now have to consider playing the likes of Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and potentially even Harry Kane in next week's second leg.

The England captain Kane was not on the trip and Spurs handed debuts to Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil while teenagers Dane Scarlett and Nile John received their first starts as Nuno made 11 changes to the side that outplayed City.

Pacos took the lead on the brink of halftime with an incisive breakaway.

Harry Winks was beaten in a tackle, the ball ended up with Nuno Santos and Silva ran in between Romero and Cameron Carter-Vickers to finish coolly into the bottom corner.

Spurs defended better in the second half but could not get anywhere near an equaliser as they failed to have a shot on target.

At Ibrox, Alfredo Morelos' goal gave 10-man Rangers a 1-0 win over Armenian side Alashkert in their Europa first leg playoff.

John Lundstram was shown a second yellow card for a foul in the 43rd minute, 10 minutes after receiving the initial booking.

Morelos then put Steven Gerrard's team in front with a 67th-minute strike having been teed up by James Tavernier.

Aberdeen lost 1-0 to Qarabag on a poor pitch in Baku, a contest that saw Dons defender Andy Considine carried off on a stretcher early on.

Jaime Romero subsequently put the hosts ahead with a strike on the half-hour mark.

St Johnstone drew 1-1 away against LASK, with Chris Kane having put the Scottish side ahead in the 17th minute.

The Austrians replied via a 60th-minute Mamoudou Karamoko penalty following Jamie McCart's foul on Thomas Goiginger.

Shamrock Rovers lost 4-2 at Estonian outfit Flora, who went 2-0 up in the first half through Sergei Zenjov and Martin Miller.

Graham Burke reduced the deficit just before the interval, and after Rauno Sappinen made it 3-1, Liam Scales then pulled another goal back for the Irish side in the 86th minute, only for Miller to net again a minute later.

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