Striker Carlos Vinicius shone on his debut as Tottenham comfortably defeated Austrian facet LASK of their opening Europa League Group J match.
The 25-year-old Brazilian, on mortgage from Benfica, arrange Lucas Moura for the opening objective within the 18th minute earlier than his cushioned header for Son Heung-min resulted in Spurs’ third.
Vinicius might need scored the second objective, however Gareth Bale’s low ball from the proper meant for him was inadvertently turned in by LASK left-back Andres Andrade.
Substitute Dele Alli got here near including one other, however his shot was partially blocked by the arm of goalkeeper Alexander Schlager, who then needed to hook the ball off the road.
Is Vinicius greater than only a reserve ahead?
Though many eyes would have been on Bale, making his first begin in a Spurs shirt since 2013, consideration was additionally targeted on 6ft 3in Brazilian Vinicius – a striker introduced in to be Harry Kane’s stand-in.
The 25-year-old joined Benfica from Napoli, the place he was denied an opportunity to play, in 2019 and scored 24 objectives in 18 matches earlier than his mortgage transfer to Spurs within the final window, which may turn into everlasting.
He made an excellent first impression for supervisor Jose Mourinho, which just about turned an excellent impression within the ninth minute when he headed a easy likelihood extensive from six yards. Vinicius was visibly annoyed by his miss, however atoned for mistake with an excellent piece of talent for the opener.
The ahead took down an extended punt with an excellent first contact earlier than drifting left and squaring the ball for Lucas, who had taken his fellow Brazilian’s place within the center. The midfielder completed off the transfer with a low shot.
Bale had a comparatively quiet 61 minutes on the proper of the assault, though his ball did result in the second objective. The transfer started with a swift counter-attack on the proper earlier than Erik Lamela discovered the Welshman, whose low ball was turned in by unlucky Panamanian Andrade.
Bale was changed by Son Heung-min, with Mourinho additionally selecting to convey on midfielders Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko, having began the match with solely three gamers who featured within the 3-3 draw in opposition to West Ham.
Alli got here near including a 3rd earlier than Son did, when he fired in from Vinicius’ beautiful help, and the Brazilian got here off moments later.
LASK, defeated by Manchester United on this competitors within the final 16 in August, had their finest spell simply earlier than the break when Gernot Trauner had a shot blocked, earlier than Joe Hart flew to his proper to punch away Andreas Gruber’s curling shot.
Lucas on a scoring streak for Spurs – stats
- Spurs have gained 11 of their final 12 dwelling Europa League group stage matches.
- After dropping simply certainly one of their first eight Europa League matches (W5 D2), LASK have misplaced every of their final three in a row.
- Spurs have scored 31 objectives in all competitions this season, 5 greater than some other Premier League facet.
- Mourinho has gained 12 of his 15 dwelling matches within the Uefa Cup/Europa League (D2 L1), throughout spells with Benfica, FC Porto, Manchester United and Spurs.
- Lucas has scored in every of his final three begins in all competitions, his finest streak for the membership.
- Solely Kane (18) has been straight concerned in additional objectives in all competitions amongst Premier League gamers than Son (13 – 9 objectives, 4 assists) this season.
- Austrian groups stay winless in 18 away European matches in England, drawing one and dropping 17.
Spurs are at Burnley subsequent Monday (20:00 BST) within the Premier League.
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- 5HøjbjergSubstituted forSissokoat 62′minutes
- 9BaleSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 62′minutes
- 11LamelaSubstituted forAlliat 62′minutes
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLo Celsoat 78′minutes
- 45Alves MoraisSubstituted forClarkeat 86′minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 18Lo Celso
- 30AndradeSubstituted forPotzmannat 45′minutes
- 25HollandSubstituted forGrgicat 5′minutes
- 10MichorlBooked at 45mins
- 7RennerSubstituted forFilipovicat 39′minutes
- 17GruberSubstituted forEggesteinat 45′minutes
- 14BalicSubstituted forGoigingerat 78′minutes
- Mohammed Al-Hakim
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, LASK 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, LASK 0.
Try missed. Jack Clarke (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from the centre of the field misses to the proper.
Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).
Petar Filipovic (LASK) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try saved. Marko Raguz (LASK) header from the centre of the field is saved within the prime centre of the objective.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Jack Clarke tries a via ball, however Son Heung-Min is caught offside.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Jack Clarke replaces Carlos Vinicius.
Aim! Tottenham Hotspur 3, LASK 0. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the field to the underside proper nook. Assisted by Carlos Vinicius with a headed cross.
Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Marvin Potzmann (LASK).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Lucas Moura.
Substitution, LASK. Thomas Goiginger replaces Husein Balic.
Try blocked. Husein Balic (LASK) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Peter Michorl.
Try saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Carlos Vinicius.
Try missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left facet of the six yard field is only a bit too excessive. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Alexander Schlager.
Try saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the prime centre of the objective. Assisted by Dele Alli.
Foul by Carlos Vinicius (Tottenham Hotspur).
Gernot Trauner (LASK) wins a free kick within the defensive half.