Tottenham Hotspur have been already confirmed as Group H winners even earlier than defeating Cypriot aspect Apoel Nicosia Three-Zero on Wednesday evening and progressed effortlessly by to the Champions League’s final 16.
Giorgos Donis’ Apoel have discovered the problem of the group’s opponents formidable and while they haven’t been capable of win a recreation they’ve earned two encouraging attracts in opposition to German aspect Borussia Dortmund and the chance to qualify for the Europa League – if they might higher Dortmund’s outcome in opposition to Actual Madrid.
Each side made a list of modifications from final weekend’s league video games. For Spurs, solely three gamers remained from the rating draw with Watford at Vicarage Highway with Davinson Sanchez, Dele Alli and Son retaining their beginning roles, however it gave the perimeter gamers the chance to impress.
5 – Tottenham have confronted Cypriot opposition extra instances than every other English membership in European competitors, scoring 15 objectives and conceding solely three in these 5 video games (W4 D1). Rule.
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In entrance of a sparse and subdued crowd, the sport kicked off and Spurs rapidly received into their stride by urgent their opponents when in possession. A few speculative efforts from Serge Aurier and Son examined Perez, in objective for the guests, early on because the Lilywhites labored their method into the match.
The primary vital likelihood occurred within the ninth minute when a effectively delivered Harry Winks free kick was met decisively by a Fernando Llorente header which Perez managed to scramble away with out a lot finesse. The observe up was then headed off the road by the effectively positioned Jesus Rueda to maintain the sport goalless.
Spurs have been now in full management with Apoel content material to defend, defending what they’d. Then within the 20th minute Llorente opened his goal-scoring account for Tottenham. As soon as once more, Aurier broke down the proper and crossed low into the penalty space the place the ready Spaniard managed and turned well, ending clinically previous the on-rushing Perez.
Nothing a lot was evident of the Cypriot champions as an attacking drive through the first half. Spurs have been passing the ball round with a rising confidence, dominating possession and attacking at will – frequently probing away at their opponents as if seeking to expose a weak spot.
Then within the 37th minute Spurs doubled their lead. Son took possession of ball on the sting of the realm and dribbled into the field. The South Korean performed a fast wall go to Llorente after which calmly curled the effectively weighted ball previous the stationary keeper.
A snug first half, which at instances resembled a coaching floor match, however Spurs have been actually good worth for his or her lead on the break. An undoubted constructive for the house aspect was the creating understanding between Son and Llorente, which confirmed deft touches and clever motion.
The beginning of the second half continued in an analogous vein to the primary with Spurs dominating and Michel Vorm untroubled, however to Apoel’s credit score they did begin with extra attacking ambition.
Within the 57th minute Aurier practically added a 3rd after a slip from Llorente following a Danny Rose cross, the Ivory Coast worldwide adopted up, however Perez managed to beat the fierce strike away.
Rose was lucky to solely obtain a yellow card within the 68th minute after an innocuous problem from substitute Roland Sallai. The England worldwide reacted in pushing the Apoel participant away as tempers grew to become frayed, however the official rapidly defused the scenario by reserving each gamers.
As the sport wore on, the leisure decreased with each groups seemingly pleased with the inevitable consequence, though the encouraging singing by the Cypriot membership’s supporters may very well be heard all through.
Within the 80th minute, Tottenham’s Georges N’koudou injected some life into the match as he jinked unopposed into the penalty his deflected shot off the customer’s captain Morais wrong-footed his personal keeper and bounced into the apologetic internet. The objective was greeted with muted applause, which was symbolic of the sport’s inevitability.
An excellent evening’s work for Spurs who performed effectively inside their capacity. However, Pochettino shall be happy total with the displaying of his squad gamers significantly the mixture play of Son and Llorente. The Argentine shall be hoping this victory can reignite their league type figuring out Stoke Metropolis await on Saturday.
Sadly, with the outcome on the evening mixed with occasions in Dortmund means Apoel now exit all European competitors for this season at the least.
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