Mourinho unimpressed despite Spurs Europa progress

LASK 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur progressed through to the last 32 stages of the UEFA Europa League but it was a careless display from Jose Mourinho’s charges against Austrian outfit. LASK.

Amidst a snowy scene at the hosts’ Linzer stadium, Spurs fell behind to Michorl’s strike having played second fiddle for much of the opening period. However, Gareth Bale’s spot-kick on the cusp of half-time levelled the tie.

Heung-Min Son appeared to have restored order from a Tottenham perspective, but Eggestein restored parity six minutes from time to set up a frantic finale.

Another penalty – this time converted by Dele – restored the North Londoners advantage, but again they were pegged back – Karamoko netting in the third minute of stoppage-time.

The point was sufficient to see Spurs through but the display did very little to impress Mourinho: “Not good, the result better than the performance,” he confirmed.

The second half, better than the first half. Some players had very good individual performances. Some had very poor individual performances.

“The only positive thing I take from the game, of course, it that we are qualified and have the chance the finish first if we beat Antwerp.”

LASK: Schlager, Wiesinger, Holland (Capt), Andrade, Ranftl, Madsen, Michorl, Renner, Gruber (Reiter 69’), Eggestein, Goiginger (Karamoko 69’) Subs not used: Gebauer, Ramsebner, Potzmann, Plojer, Cherboko, Haudum.

Tottenham Hotspur: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies (Capt), Ndombele (Bergwijn 65’), Lo Celso (Dier 72’) Hojbjerg, Bale (Aurier 82’), Son (Dele 82’), Lucas (Sissoko 65’) Subs not used: Whiteman, Austin, Winks, White, Clarke, Scarlett.

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Brian Jeeves

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