Brentford 2 – 2 Tottenham

Tottenham began life after Harry Kane with a 2-2 draw at Brentford in Ange Postecoglou’s first Premier League game in charge of Spurs.

The result came just a day after Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer completed his £100m move to Bayern Munich.

Emerson Royal’s first-half stoppage-time equaliser ensured Spurs avoided losing without Kane after Brentford had come from behind to lead 2-1.

Cristian Romero scored the first goal of the Postecoglou era to give Spurs an 11th-minute lead.

But new Spurs captain Heung-Min Son fouled Mathias Jensen inside the box to allow Bryan Mbeumo to equalise from the spot in the 26th minute.

The Bees completed the turnaround 10 minutes later as Yoane Wissa’s deflected shot put the home side ahead, before Royal got Spurs back level in the fourth minute of first-half added time.

Son and Richarlison both had good second-half chances to win it for Spurs but Postecoglou’s side had to settle for a point.

How Spurs moved on without Kane

Tottenham's Emerson Royal and Yves Bissouma celebrate at 2-2

The new Postecoglou era was delayed temporarily due to sanitation issues at the ground with no running water available, but after a seven-minute wait the game finally got under way – and the action was flowing.

Tottenham’s two new vice-captains – James Maddison and Romero – combined in the 11th minute to give the visitors the lead as the defender headed in from Maddison’s delightful free-kick, with a lengthy offside VAR review confirming the goal.

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Cristian Romero heads in to score the first goal of Ange Postecoglou’s time in charge of Tottenham after a lengthy VAR check for potential offside

But the Argentine’s joy was short-lived as he was immediately substituted for Davinson Sanchez following an earlier clash of heads with Mbeumo.

Tottenham’s new skipper Son did not have the same early impact as his understudies, however, as he gave away a penalty. The South Korea forward caught Mathias Jensen inside the area in the 23rd minute but referee Robert Jones waved play on only to reverse his decision minutes later following a VAR review.

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Bryan Mbeumo levels the scores after a VAR intervention led to a penalty being awarded to Brentford for a foul by Heung-Min Son

Despite the absence of regular penalty taker Ivan Toney, who is serving an eight-month ban after breaking FA betting rules, Mbeumo made no mistake from the spot to level in the 26th minute.

Just 10 minutes later Brentford completed the turnaround as Rico Henry cut back for Wissa whose shot deflected off Spurs debutant Micky van de Ven past Guglielmo Vicario to give the home side a 2-1 lead.

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Yoane Wissa’s shot deflects in off Tottenham defender Micky van de Ven to give Brentford a 2-1 lead

Following the Romero-Mbeumo clash of heads and a couple of lengthy VAR reviews, 11 minutes of stoppage-time were added on and Tottenham took full advantage of it. Maddison found Royal on the edge of the box and the Brazilian fired home a low shot to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

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Emerson Royal’s low drive makes it 2-2 before half-time between Brentford and Tottenham

But Spurs were fortunate not to go in behind at the break as Mbeumo missed a sitter in the 10th minute of added time as he somehow put over from close range after great work from Henry.

Tottenham had the better of a quieter second half as Son missed the chance to make up for his penalty mistake after his shot at the back post when unmarked was saved by Brentford debutant Mark Flekken in the 60th minute.

Richarlison also wasted a good chance four minutes later as he fired straight at Flekken when played in by Maddison.

But Spurs fans would have been encouraged by the display after seeing their side have 18 shots at goal and 70 per cent possession.

What’s next?

Saturday 19th August 5:00pm

Kick off 5:30pm

It is another London derby for Brentford as they visit fellow west Londoners Fulham on Saturday; kick off 3pm.

On the same day, Postecoglou takes charge of his first competitive Spurs home game as they host Manchester United in a 5.30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports.