Spurs secure their place in the Europa League group stages with a comfortable 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane. Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Cyprus a week earlier, goals from Harry Kane, Paulinho and Andros Townsend make it four wins out of four for new Head Coach, Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs get their Europa League group stage campaign under way with a hard fought draw against the Serbian champions. A vociferous crowd provide a noisy backdrop for a disappointing game. In a game of few clear cut chances, Spurs best effort comes in the first minute when Harry Kane smashes the ball against the crossbar.
This Europa League group match ends all square after a late penalty gives the Turkish side a deserved share of the spoils following a mistake by Vlad Chiriches. Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead in the 27th minute with their first shot of the match – a fizzing left-footed strike from 20 yards. Besiktas dominate the reminder of the game and the result leaves both sides with two points from two games.
A night to remember from Spurs’ England U-21 striker Harry Kane who nets a hat-trick and ends up in goal for the final three minutes after keeper Hugo Lloris is sent off with three minutes remaining. Kane’s perfect night is somewhat blemished as his first act as stand-in goalkeeper sees him fumble the Greek side’s free-kick into his own net to give them a late consolation. Despite Kane’s hat-trick, the match will be remembered for the first of Erik Lamela’s two goals – an incredible ‘rabona’ strike where he wraps his left leg around the back of his right and curls the ball past the Greek goalkeeper from 20 yards, much to the amazement of everyone involved.
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