Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolfsberger

Dele Alli’s wonder strike helps Tottenham to a 4-0 victory in the second leg of their Europa League tie against Wolfsberger.

The reverse fixture took place in Budapest just six days prior – with Spurs suffering a defeat away at West Ham in between these games.

Jose Mourinho made nine changes to the squad that lost at the weekend, with Erik Lamela and Eric Dier the only ones to stay in the starting XI.

Ferdinand Feldhofer and his side had an uphill battle, to try and amend the three-goal gap made from the first leg, which ended 4-1 to Mourinho’s men.

He made four changes to the starting XI, with the most notable being a change of goalkeeper.

Alexander Kofler was left out of the squad, presumably due to injury and replaced by Austrian, Manuel Kuttin.

Spurs began the game with a high tempo and were quick to gain a foothold on possession.

Both sides had early opportunities, but each of them were wayward of the goal.

In the 10th minute however, smart build-up play from Dele Alli saw him play the ball out wide to Matt Doherty.

A quick return pass found the feet of Dele once more but was behind the midfielder.

He cleverly touched the ball into the ground, causing it to bounce up and there was only one thing on his mind.

An acrobatic effort met the ball sweetly and dipped into the bottom left corner, making it 1-0 to the home side.

Alli proving to his worth to his manager.

Pressure continued from the restart as Harry Winks fired a shot over the bar.

The away side, despite being 5-1 down on aggregate had their fair share of chances.

Scherzer and Liendl – who scored in the previous match came close, but nothing worrying enough for Joe Hart.

Later on in the first half, Carlos Vinicius headed over the bar from close range, before having an effort cleared off the line by new signing Gustav Henriksson.

His only other game for the club was played in the Austrian Bundesliga, in which the Swedish centre back scored.

The referee blew for half time, with Tottenham the dominant of the two sides and unfortunate not to be leading by more.

Feldhofer made two substitutions at the interval, with Novak and Vizinger being replaced by Pavelic and Joveljic, as Wolfsberger looked to claw something back.

These changes proved to have the opposite effect that the manager hoped for, however.

Once again, Dele played a huge role as he created space before whipping in a cross to the back post for the head of Carlos Vinicius, who nodded into the bottom right corner.

The game out of reach for the Austrian side now.

It was continuous from Tottenham as they looked to add to their goal tally.

Erik Lamela had several chances to make it three but was denied.

And the away side could only find the hands of Hart in the Spurs goal.

Replacement goalkeeper Kuttin made a few good saves to prevent the result being a total embarrassment, and his efforts were admirable.

With 20 minutes left to play, Mourinho introduced Lucas Moura and Gareth Bale to the match, and the Welshman made an instant impact.

Alli found space between Wolfsberger’s midfield and defence, before playing a ball wide to Bale, who was in acres of space.

Without taking a touch, he bent the ball back across goal and into the top left corner of the net, to make it 3-0 to Tottenham.

Another spectacular goal, as the winger is really starting to hit a good run of form.

This prompted Jose Mourinho to make three substitutions and give an opportunity for youth players to get first team football.

On came, Marcel Lavinier and Nile John, who were making their debut.

As well as 16-year-old Dane Scarlett, who had already made a Europa League group stage appearance.

Scarlett’s introduction paid off, and the youngster played a part in the final goal of the game.

Spurs pressed high, and the young striker nicked the ball back on the edge of the Wolfsberger box.

His tackle fell to the left boot of Vinicius, who curled it into the back of the net to make it 4-0 in the final 10 minutes of the match.

An assist for Dane Scarlett, who is now training regularly with the first team.

Tottenham now progress to the Round of 16 in the Europa League, with the aggregate score being 8-1 over both legs.

Their next game is at the weekend against Burnley, as they look to try and regain some league form, as they now sit nine points off the top four.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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