Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 October 2020

'Goal was five centimetres lower' - Jose Mourinho and Tottenham avoid scare against Shkendija

Uefa fix goalpost issue in Skopje as Spurs reach final round of Europa League qualifying

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho had to ask for the goalposts to be changed ahead of their 3-1 win over Shkendija as the Spurs reached the final round of Europa League qualifying.

Mourinho said his goalkeepers noticed before the game that the goalposts at both ends of the Tose Proeski Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, were around five centimetres too small.

"I thought I had grown but then I realised the goal was 5 centimetres lower," Mourinho posted on Instagram alongside a picture of him nearly stretching to reach the crossbar.

"The goalkeepers they live hours and hours in the goal so they know when the goals are not the right dimensions. I felt immediately something was wrong and we got the UEFA delegate to confirm and it was 5cm too small. We asked for goals to be replaced for goals of the right dimensions."

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane struck in the final 20 minutes to set up a playoff round match at home to Maccabi Haifa next Thursday.

Mourinho left Kane out among six changes from the side that beat Southampton 5-2, but needed to call on the England captain after Valjmir Nafiu's strike cancelled out Erik Lamela's early opener.

Kane set up Son to score four times at Southampton and the South Korean's streak continued when he pounced on the rebound after Lucas Moura's shot was saved to restore Tottenham's lead.

Eleven minutes from time, Kane powered home a header from Son's cross.

Meanwhile,

AC Milan shrugged off the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a positive coronavirus test to squeeze past Bodo Glimt 3-2 at the San Siro.

The Italians responded quickly to going a goal down as Hakan Calhanoglu struck twice either side of Lorenzo Colombo's tap in at the far post.

But the Norwegians ensured Milan had to survive a nervy final half hour when Jens Petter Hauge's long-range effort found the top corner.

Updated: September 25, 2020 11:09 AM

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