It was Gil’s run that created Tottenham’s only chance in the opening 45 minutes, with Ryan Sessegnon (back from loan at Hoffenheim) unable to settle his feet when the cross came his way.
Other than that, however, it was as flat as Tottenham fans would have feared when they first qualified for Europe’s new third-tier competition. tournament takes place.
The first goal, when it arrived, was hardly unfair on Nuno’s side. Heavyweight Cristian Romero, enduring a nasty full debut, was slow to turn around as Silva pulled away from Cameron Carter-Vickers and netted a fine finish past Pierluigi Gollini, another Tottenham debutant.
Sessegnon tried his best to get Tottenham back into the game after the break, charging down the left whenever he could, but he didn’t have much help. Young Dane Scarlett, aged just 17, looked light in attack as you would expect and none of the forwards alongside him offered much on a disappointing night for all supporters. Tottenham.
Pacos de Ferreira (4-2-3-1): A Ferreira 6; Fernando 6, Da Silva Ramos 6, Baixinho 6, Antunes 6; Eustáquio 5, Luiz Carlos 7; H Ferreira 6 (Uilton 72), Nuno Santos 5 (Djalo 62), Silva 7 (Delgado 72); Denilson 6 (Pedro 88).
Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-3): Gollini 5; Carter-Vickers 4 (Paskotsi 87), Romero 4, Davies 5; Doherty 4, Lo Celso 4, Winks 4, Sessegnon 6 (Bennett 81); Jean 5 (Clarke 45), Scarlett 5, Gil 6.