It was all going so well for Tottenham in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 clash with Belgian side Gent at Wembley.
Christian Eriksen opened the scoring early on to cancel out Gent’s 1-0 lead from the first leg.
But then things took a turn. First, the visitors equalised through a Harry Kane own goal; the striker inadvertently headed the ball into his own net from a corner.
And just as Spurs looked like finding a way back in the tie, Dele Alli lunged into a terribly misjudged tackle and saw red.
Here’s how Twitter reacted.
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) February 23, 2017
#thfc Poch shakes his head but that was a wild lunge from Alli. Dangerous, petulant challenge.
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) February 23, 2017
#thfc A couple of decisions have gone against Alli and he got up after a challenge and put in a horrible tackle. That red mist again?
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) February 23, 2017
It’s all well and good having a bit of an edge to your game but that was disgraceful. Clearly frustrated then almost broke the guy’s leg.
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 23, 2017
Crazy two-footed tackle from Alli, complete lack of maturity at a time when Spurs required cool heads in order to get back into game.#THFC
— Ricky Sacks (@RickSpur) February 23, 2017
What a terrible tackle. If that happened to us we'd want blood.
— Sonny Daze (@natecancook) February 23, 2017
That red card for Dele has been coming for a long time. Crazy tackle.
— PitbullTHFC (@pitbullthfc) February 23, 2017
That tackle was more weird than horrendous. Never got the leverage to really hurt him.
— Andrew Fitchett (@AndrewFitchett) February 23, 2017
It's a stupid challenge and he'll know it himself. We don't have to pile in with the lynch mob too.
— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) February 23, 2017
Don't ever want to see Spurs players putting in challenges like that. Unless we're playing Chelsea.
— Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) February 23, 2017