Goals galore at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham finally got their first win of Group C in the Europa League last night, as they beat Greek side Asteras Tripoli 5-0 at White Hart Lane, which included a hat-trick for Harry Kane, a red card and one beautiful goal from Erik Lamela
It turned out to be a great night for Spurs fans, as they saw their team getting back in form after having lost 4-1 to Manchester City in the Premier League last week.
After having drawn their first two games against Partizan and Besiktas, Spurs were in second place in the group before the game, behind leaders Asteras, who themselves had beaten Partizan 2-0 at home and drawing 1-1 with Besiktas.
Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, had a few injured players before the game, with Nabil Bentaleb being out due to an ankle injury conceded while on international duty, and right backs Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton both not available.
Tottenham fans must have felt pretty confident before the game, as Spurs have only been defeated once by a Greek side in their last 10 games in Europa League, the last being a 2-1 loss to PAOK in 2011-12.
Asteras on the other hand, who currently are eighth in the Greek League, have yet to win and score more than one goal in their last seven away games, having lost their last three and drawn four.
Spurs were the team who started the game better, having a good chance already in the sixth minute, when Harry Kane had a great right footed shot outside the box, but unluckily missed to the left.
Spurs kept attacking in the early minutes of the game, and this paid off in the 12th minute, when Harry Kane again from far outside the box managed with a right footed hook to smash the ball in the bottom left corner. 1-0.
Asteras Tripoli tried to get back in the game, and had some good efforts on goal. In the 24th minute, Georgios Zisopoulos had a header from the centre of the box, but his finish was off target. If he had hit it right, Lloris would have no chance in goal.
However, everything turned worse for Asteras, as Tottenham made it 2-0 in the 29th minute, when Erik Lamela with a beautiful and cheeky step-over shot with his left foot curled the ball from outside the box, around the defenders and pass the goalkeeper.
At half time, both teams had had six shots on goal, Spurs having three on target and 60% of the possession.
Spurs started the second half even better than the first, having one shot after the other saved by the Asteras goalkeeper. However, the goalkeeper could not stop Spurs from scoring, and in the 65th minute, they got their third, when Erik Lamela’s volley from the left side of the box went in the left corner of the goal.
Asteras could have gotten their first goal when Fernando Usero received a fantastic lop-pass from Martin Rolle inside the box, but saw his bullet shot stopped by a fantastic save from Lloris in goal.
The night got worse for the Greeks, when Harry Kane in the 75th minute got his second, scoring from a right-footed shot in the centre of the box, which flew in the bottom left corner. 4-0 to Spurs.
Harry Kane couldn’t stop scoring, and five minutes later he got his first European hat-trick, when he scored a header from a very close range after receiving the ball from a great cross by defender Federico Fazio.
However, it wasn’t a perfect night for Tottenham, as Hugo Lloris was shown a straight red in the 86th minute for fouling Anastasios Tsokanis outside the box. That meant that Harry Kane was thrown in goal as Pochettino had already used all his subs.
Unfortunately for Harry Kane, he could not save the free-kick which Asteras had received, when Jeronimo Barrales right footed shot curled to the bottom right corner and passed Kane in goal, who with a bit more goal keeping training could easily have saved the shot.
The match finished 5-1, and Spurs fans willntake this as a morale boosting victory. The result puts Tottenham second in the group with five points and Asteras third with four points. Asteras will however have the chance for redemption, as the teams face each other again in Greece for their return leg on the 6th November.