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Tottenham's new head coach Antonio Conte, stands on the touchline for the Europa Conference League group G soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and SBV Vitesse at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Image Credit: AP

London: Antonio Conte’s first game in charge of Tottenham had five first-half goals, three red cards and a glimpse of the challenge he faces at the London club.

Tottenham held on for a 3-2 home win over Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League last night after nearly giving up a three-goal lead in Conte’s debut. The Italian was appointed Spurs’ new manager following Nuno Espirito Santo’s dismissal on Monday.

Red card

Conte seemed to have already given Tottenham a much-needed spark as his team led 3-0 after just 28 minutes, but Vitesse pulled two goals back before halftime. Spurs then had defender Cristian Romero sent off in the 59th and were under pressure until Vitesse had two players red-carded in the final 10 minutes.

Son Heung-min, who scored the first goal of both Jose Mourinho’s and Nuno’s reigns, did the same for Conte in the 14th minute before Lucas Moura and a Jacob Rasmussen own goal seemingly had the hosts in total control.

“It was a crazy game and usually I don’t like these types of games,” Conte said. “For sure we were winning 3-0 and then we conceded two goals that we can avoid and then after a red card we were in trouble. But I think to win is good for this team, it’s good for these players and they need to improve their confidence.”

Tottenham is second in Group G, three points behind Rennes, which beat Mura 1-0.