Clint Dempsey in Europa League action vs. Lazio
Getty Images

American Exports: Ref denies Dempsey first Spurs goal

AMSTERDAM – An extremely close offside flag kept Clint Dempsey from playing the Thursday night goal hero in his first start for Tottenham Hotspur, a 0-0 draw against Europa League group phase opening-night guests Lazio.

Midway through the opening frame, the US star nodded home a Gareth Bale cross, only to have the linesman controversially wave off the goal. Dempsey departed after working a strong 75-minute shift as Spurs moved into a second-place tie in Group J.

Over in Group K, Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg jumped into first place with a 2-1 victory away to Terrence Boyd's Rapid Vienna.

In a match played before an empty house due to sanctions for supporter behavior, the RBK time-keeper was subbed out in stoppage time. Meanwhile, Boyd missed the frame on one decent chance near the end of each half, but teammate Alar was the goat after muffing a late spot kick that would have tied the game.

Group L action saw Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 fight back from two down to rescue a 2-2 draw at FC Twente. The right back's 54th-minute foul on Nacer Chadli teed up the Belgium winger to fire home their second from a free kick, but two goals inside six minutes eventually pulled the Reds level.  

Also in Group L, Helsingborg midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and Swedish champs fell short in a game of few chances, losing 1-0 at Levante. The US international saw yellow near halftime of his solid outing.

Bryan Gerzicich returned from injury to dress, but went unused as Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona rallied for a 1-1 Group I draw at Athletic Bilbao.

Meanwhile, injured Molde FK winger Josh Gatt missed out on a 2-1 defeat at FC Copenhagen.
 


MLS All-Stars vs. Real Madrid is August 2. Limited tickets left!

Time is running out for your chance to see European champions Real Madrid face the best of MLS. Get your tickets to the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.

More about All-Star  |  Event schedule