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Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the Europa League round of 16 despite a lackluster performance that saw them draw 3-3 with LASK in Austria on Thursday night.
José Mourinho made eight changes for Spurs’ penultimate group game and it showed in the opening stages. The Spurs were forced to go straight when LASK got off to a very bright start and hit the wood in the first five minutes, before taking the lead before the break.
It looked like the Spurs were going to go into the 1-0 break before Gareth Bale tied from the spot after one hand.
The Spurs didn’t look much better after the restart until Tanguy Ndombele made a wonderfully weighted pass to Son Heung-min, who kept a cool head and shot alongside him towards the lead. Johannes Eggestein scored a tying goal to cloud the spirits of Spurs, while a penalty from Dele Alli just two minutes later put him behind.
LASK refused to lie down and die when Karamoko scored the selection of goals with a 25-yard effort in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and deny the Spurs all three points.
Joe Hart (GK) – 5/10 He was lucky not to concede in the opening minutes and was beaten well before the post came to his rescue. He was an imposing presence among the sticks in the First half at least. However, his night went downhill after that …
Matt Doherty (RB) – 6/10 – It did not advance in the same way that we have become used to seeing. He slipped and gave the ball in preparation for LASK’s first goal and was responsible for his team falling behind.
Davinson Sánchez (CB) – 7/10 – He made a great block early on and certainly kept his side from being left behind. He was often the one responsible for cleaning the back and well quelling LASK attacks. He ran from defense and missed the second goal pass.
Japhet Tanganga (CB) – 6/10 – His youth showed from the beginning with some bad touches and misplaced passes. However, he grew up in the game and was rarely exposed, as the Spurs often strayed from goal kicks.
Ben Davies (LB) – 6/10 – The Welshman was the captain of Tottenham in this match and was about to receive an assist in the second half with a great ball behind Son.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) – 6/10 – He had a quiet game and shot high over the bar from a tight angle in the second half. He lost a few passes throughout the game.
Tanguy Ndombele (CM) – 7/10 – The midfielder continued his good form and offered aggressiveness in the midfield. He was replaced just after the scheduled time and will undoubtedly participate in the North London derby on Sunday.
Giovani Lo Celso (CM) – 6/10 – He had a promising forward run on the counter before crashing into traffic. I didn’t have the best games and I struggled to make the quick, penetrating moves that we are so used to seeing.
Gareth Bale (RW) – 8/10 – He had Tottenham’s first big chance after a delicious nutmeg and crawled to the touchline. He played big balls over Son and showed his rhythm on the counter. He withdrew with ten minutes to go.
Son Heung-Min (ST) – 8/10 – Son was deployed down the middle tonight and looked dangerous in the second half. He connected well with Bale and was unlucky not to score more than once.
Lucas Moura (LW) – 6/10 He had very little impact on the game and was replaced just after the hour mark.
Moussa Sissoko (CM) – 5/10 – He failed to close out Karamoko and could have helped prevent the third goal.
Steven Bergwijn (LW) – 7/10 – He did well to win a penalty from his team after a leg trouble inside the box.
Eric Dier (CB) – 6/10 – He showed his experience when he entered and organized those around him in the center of a three from behind. However, even three in the back couldn’t keep LASK out.
Dele Alli (CM) – 10/7 – It was all smiles as he calmly converted his penalty after stepping forward and shot his side forward once more.
Serge Aurier (RB) – 6/10 – He came forward and played a great ball to Alli who couldn’t get it under his spell.