Spurs secure a handsome Europa advantage

Wolfsberger AC 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur 

Tottenham Hotspur came, saw and established a health UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first-leg lead against Austrian outfit, Wolfsberger, at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

The Lilywhites put their domestic issues to one side, racing into a three-goal lead inside the opening thirty-four minutes. Heung-Min Son headed the North Londoners in front, then Gareth Bale doubled the advantage twelve minutes later.

Lucas Moura all but killed the contest. However, Wolfsberger reduced the arrears thanks to Michael Liendl’s spot-kick ten minutes after the restart.

Carlos Vinicius ensured next Wednesday’s second leg in N17 is all but a formality. “Pleased with the result because of course 4-1 away from home gives you a good space for any possible mistake that you can make in the second leg,” Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho enthused. 

“I think we have one foot in the next round. The result is of course very good.

I liked the performance in the first half, when we had that intensity, that quality, we were very very good in the 1st half.

“Then in the second half, a mistake in possession made the game a little bit different, because it gave Wolfsberger that little bit of confidence and self-esteem to fight in the second leg for a better result than the one in the first half, because in the first half it looked like the game could end five or six. But their goal brought them to the game.

Tottenham Hotspur turn their attention to the Premier League when they visit the London Stadium on Sunday, February 20 (Noon) to face West Ham United.

Wolfsberger AC: Kofler, Novak (Pavelic 81’), Baumgartner, Lochoshvili, Scherzer, Sprangler (Giorbelidze 65’), Taferner (Henriksson 46’), Liendl (Capt), Wernitznig, Joveljic (Dieng 65’), Vizinger (Stratznig 46’) Subs not used: Skubl, Kuttin, Peric, Rnic, Leitgeb, Rocher, Schofl

Tottenahm Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Winks, Sissoko (Hojbjerg 78’), Dele (Ndombele 78’), Bale (Lamela 64’), Lucas (Bergwijn 64’), Son (Vinicius 46’) Subs not used: Hart, Whiteman, Sanchez, Tanganga, Lavinier, Bowden, Scarlett

Referee: Ali Palabiyik

Brian Jeeves

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