Tottenham progressed to the group stages of the Europa League this evening, with marginalised trio Harry Kane, Paulinho and Andros Townsend all proving their worth with goals.
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will have been delighted with a number of things in his side’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Cypriot outfit AEL Limassol at White Hart Lane, not least their safe passage to the group stages of the Europa League, but also the performances of some of the players on the fringes of his team.
Young striker Harry Kane has struggled to make the breakthrough as a regular first team player in the last couple of years, but this display against the feisty Cypriots showed real promise – despite an early penalty being saved by AEL’s substitute goalkeeper.
Kane opened the scoring when he calmly slotted home from the edge of the box, all but ending Limassol’s hopes of making it through to the group stage.
The second goal came from another player who has been marginalised at White Hart Lane, with Paulinho having endured a poor debut season, but the Brazilian scored a fine goal here. Watch as picks up the ball in the area and skipped past two defenders before slotting home a fine low shot.
When Spurs were awarded a second penalty it was Andros Townsend, linked with a move to Southampton, who stepped up to put the tie beyond doubt with a crisp shot into the bottom corner.
The question on the lips of Tottenham fans now, however, will be whether the trio are capable of establishing themselves as a success against stronger opposition than the Cypriots when it comes to the Premier League.