Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 Maccabi Haifa
Harry Kane netted three times as Spurs booked a comfortable passage into the Europa League group stages with a seven-goal rout of Maccabi Haifa in N17.
It took less than two minutes for Spurs to make the breakthrough. Harry Kane was on hand to supply the close-range finish – this after a sweeping move down the left involving Ben Davies.
Dolev Hazizia drew a smart save from Joe Hart as the Israeli Premier League runners-up almost provided an immediate response. Meanwhile, Giovani Lo Celso perhaps should have done better – firing into the side netting with Kane perhaps the better option of doubling Tottenham’s advantage.
Maccabi wasn’t taking it lying down. Mohammad Abu Fani was agonisingly coles, Then former Queen’s Park Rangers man, Tjaronn Chery, providing a moment to pass down to any potential grandchildren by sending a whistling strike beyond Joe Hart and high into the net from fully 25-yard to restore parity.
But the fired-up visitors were on terms for just three minutes – Lucas Moura restored the Lilywhites lead, nodding past Josh Cohen from an angle following a pinpoint Steven Bergwijn flag-kick.
Lo Celso made good for his earlier miss, firing home from eight yards after Maccabi failed to clear Matt Doherty’s cross.
Two minutes later it was four. Lo Celso again getting in on the act – racing clear before delicately lifting over the advancing Cohen.
The appearance of Dele Alli as a half-time replacement for Lo Celso was the main talking point. The tie, already a formality – the England midfielders Tottenham future anything but?
Nevertheless, Maccabi’s spirit was highly commendable. Doherty used a hand as Dolev Haziza attempted to pass – Nikita Rukavytsya sending Hart the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick.
Having awarded a penalty at one end, French referee, Ruddy Buquet, swiftly handed Spurs one at the other. Kane did the formalities after Ben Davies’ cross had been handled.
It was turning into a defensive coaches’ nightmare. Bergwijn passed up a decent opportunity to add a sixth, while Nikita Rukavytsya’s tidy finish was ruled out by a flag. But the North Londoners weren’t finished. Kane delightfully clipped over Cohen to claim the match ball – Bergwijn this time the architect – the fifteenth hat-trick of the England skippers career.
There was still time for the third spot-kick of the evening. Dele was hauled to the ground – his comfortably converted effort perhaps a parting gift to the Spurs support?
It had been a ruthless dispaly from Jose Mourinho’s men, although the final outcome a little harsh on the visitors’ who refused to throw in the towel throughout.
Tottenham Hotspur now turn their attention back to the Premier League where they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, October 4 (4:30pm).
Tottenham Hotspur: Joe Hart, Matt Doherty, Davinson Sánchez, Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Moussa Sissoko 63’), Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso (Dele Alli 46’), Steven Bergwijn, Harry Kane (Sergio Reguilón 75’), Lucas Moura Subs not used: Hugo Lloris (GK), Erik Lamela, Serge Aurier, Tanguy Ndombele
Goals: Harry Kane 2’ 54’ (penalty), 74’, Lucas Moura 24’, Giovani Lo Celso 36’, 38’, Dele Alli (penalty) 90+1’
Maccabi Haifa: Josh Cohen, Ofri Arad (Godsway Donyoh 71’), Ayad Habashi, Bogdan Planic, Sun Menachem, Ernest Mabouka, Neta Lavi, Mohammad Abu Fani (Yuval Ashkenazi 87’), Tjaronn Chery, Nikita Rukavytsya, Dolev Haziza (Jose Rodríguez 83’) Subs not used: Stav Nachmani, Shareef Keouf, Yosef Raz Meir, Rami Gershon
Goals: Tjaronn Chery 17’, Nikita Rukavytsya 52’
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Assistants: Guillaume Debart and Cyril Gringore (Both France)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (France)