LASK 3-3 Tottenham: Spurs pass despite lackluster performance in Linz

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Tottenham qualified for the Europa League round of 32 despite Mamoudou Karamoko’s magnificent late-stage performance earning LASK a 3-3 draw.

It looked like Dele Alli’s penalty would seal a barely deserved three points for Spurs to send them into Sunday’s North London derby with a win.

But fellow substitute Karamoko had other ideas and sent a nice shot past Joe Hart from 20 yards to make sure the loot was shared in a rare but memorable Group J clash.

José Mourinho made eight changes in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea with his sights set on the Arsenal visit, with Harry Kane a notable absentee as the Premier League leaders battled for a draw in Linz.

The Spurs beat LASK 3-0 in the reverse game in October, but on Thursday they had more work, struggled to find their rhythm and fell behind Peter Michorl’s excellent opener in the 42nd minute.

However, Gareth Bale tied from the spot with the last kick of the first half and Son Heung-min put the Spurs ahead shortly after the restart.

Johannes Eggestein tied with six minutes to go, but there was still time for Alli, on the field just four minutes, to make his mark from 12 yards after Steven Bergwijn was brought down by Philipp Wiesinger.

Surprisingly, that was not the end and Karamoko shot home in the dying moments to make it 3-3.

Hart had already denied Eggestein and Rene Renner before Michorl fired past the former England goalkeeper to give Dominik Thalhammer’s men the upper hand, though that soon disappeared.

Andrés Andrade drove into the area in first-half stoppage time and Bale coldly converted from 12 yards to even things out against the running of the game, scoring the 200th goal of his career.

Tottenham were hardly more polished early in the second half, but a quality moment was told when Tanguy Ndombele’s superb pass selected Son to provide a guaranteed finish over Alexander Schlager.

It was tough for LASK, but they struggled to regain the level when Eggestein’s shot somehow eluded Hart, whose blushes seemed to be avoided as Alli quickly scored his kick on the other end.

But Hart was defeated again by Karamoko to give LASK a point that was the least his efforts deserved.

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