Photos: Tottenham require Italian job after failing to build on Soldado stunner

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Tottenham Hotspur could only manage a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in the first-leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with Fiorentina on Thursday night.

Tottenham Hotspur face a battle to remain in the Europa League after a 1-1 draw in the first-leg of their last-32 tie with Fiorentina at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham got off to a hot start after the under-fire Roberto Soldado fired home a sixth-minute opener from Paulinho’s corner, with the home side proceeding to dominate the first half-hour.

Fiorentina hit back 10 minutes before the break, however, when left-back Jose Maria Basanta bundled in a loose ball from close range after Hugo Lloris had parried Matias Fernandez's drilled free-kick from the left.

The visitors grew in confidence from there, but Nacer Chadli almost put Spurs back in front during the closing stages of the first-half, scooping Soldado’s saved shot off the crossbar after beating the goalkeeper.

The second-half saw Maurico Pochettino’s side forced onto the back foot for long spells, as Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah spurned a number of golden opportunities to add a second for la Viola, but the home team managed to weather the storm.

The in-form Harry Kane’s introduction for the final 25 minutes failed to have the desired impact, with the away goal giving Fiorentina the slight advantage ahead of next week’s trip to Florence for the second-leg.

Here are a few of the images from what proved a somewhat frustrating European night for the Premier League club.

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