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Tottenham did light work in the first leg of their last 32 Europa League tie with Austrian minnows Wolfsberger when goals from Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale, Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius helped them win 4-1 in the Puskas Arena from Hungary.
Son crouched down to head into game one before Bale whipped in a brilliant second. Later, Lucas broke through Wolfsberger’s defense to add a delicious third.
There was a notable drop in the second half for the Spurs, as the ‘hosts’ pushed back when Moussa Sissoko conceded a penalty that Michael Liendl scored. Christopher Wernitznig also saw a thunderous effort cannon at the bottom of the crossbar.
A few more nervous moments seemed to have reduced Tottenham’s lead, though substitute Carlos Vinicius used a quarter to give José Mourinho’s side an ideal lead before next week’s return leg in north London.
Hugo Lloris (GK) – 7/10 – He made a great save as he nailed Dario Vizinger’s header into the bar. He seemed far more authoritarian and proactive in dealing with whatever came his way than in the losses to Everton and Manchester City.
Matt Doherty (RB) – 7/10 – He got an assist with the pass to Bale. He won many air battles in what must have been one night to build confidence.
Toby Alderweireld (CB) – 6/10 – It spun in a rather embarrassing way when Wolfsberger created a rare opportunity, but recovered Tottenham supporters with a long ball back to Dele Alli’s onslaught.
Eric Dier (CB) – 6/10 – A dubious couple of moments, but it wasn’t overly tested in central defense.
Ben Davies (LB) – 6/10 – A bit wobbly, especially when he jumped unnecessarily to block a cross and was sold a doll instead. He hasn’t done enough recently to suggest that he can keep Sergio Reguilón out of the squad once the Spaniard is fully fit again.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 5/10 – He was doing well at his usual trick before he conceded a penalty for an unnecessary foul, which Liendl converted. Quite rushed and disappointing before he was finally replaced.
Harry Winks (CM) – 7/10 – Is the term ‘Winksian’ already in the dictionary? Well, Harry Winks did a very Harry Winks performance on Thursday night. He also assisted Lucas Moura’s goal, although it was more about the Brazilian’s career than the midfielder’s pass.
Dele Alli (AM) – 10/8 – He ran the show for the first half, and the movies and stunts that have largely failed this season came out Thursday night. A performance worthy of a ‘good Dele Alli’, as Mourinho likes to say.
Gareth Bale (RW) – 9/10 – He provided the assist for Son’s starter and reminded everyone of his quality with a strike of his own, cutting back with his left foot and launching a shot into the right corner. An excellent night of work before being replaced shortly after the hour mark.
Son Heung-min (ST) – 7/10 – He opened the scoring with a crouched header from a Bale cross. Sensibly substituted at halftime by Carlos Vinicius.
Lucas Moura (LW) – 7/10 – He danced through a highly suspicious defense from Wolfsberger and placed himself for Tottenham’s third. It’s difficult to evaluate such erratic performance in any other way. He left with Bale.
Carlos Vinicius – 7/10 – He pocketed another cup goal as he shoved Erik Lamela’s header. He was probably upset that he didn’t even start with Harry Kane in the squad, but he definitely made his mark.
Steven Bergwijn – 5/10 – It buzzed after his presentation, but nothing major.
Erik Lamela – 7/10 – Some energy was injected just as Tottenham’s attack seemed to wane. Assisted Vinicius for the fourth goal.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 5/10
Tanguy Ndombele – 6/10
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