Vinicius at the double as Spurs ease through

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Wolfsberger AC
(Tottenham Hotspur won 8-1 on aggregate)

Carlos Vinicius, Dele Alli and Gareth Bale all found the net in an otherwise one-side UEFA Europa League round of 32, second-leg tie, helping Spurs comfortably progress and giving Jose Mourinho food for thought in the process.

With one foot already in the last sixteen, it was, as expected, a much-changed side named by Jose Mourinho and it was one of those returning to the fray – Dele – who spectacularly extended Tottenham’s lead. The midfielder controlled Matt Doherty’s cross before acrobatically sending an overhead kick high beyond Manuel Kuttin in the Wolfsberger goal.

Jonathan Scherzer drove across the face of goal, while Joe Hart dealt with Michael Liendl’s attempt as the plucky Austrian’s refused to throw in the towel. Meanwhile, Gustav Henriksson somehow hooked off the line from Vinicius and Kuttin saved from Steven Bergwijn as the home side briefly went through the gears.

Vinicius nodded Dele’s pinpoint centre past Kuttin five minutes after the restart to confirm Tottenham’s overall superiority.

Erik Lamela twice warmed the palms of Kuttin, while Dele’s angled effort forced another save from the stopper as the traffic remained distinctly one-way.

Bale was handed minutes. The Welshman had impressed during Tottenham’s defeat at the London Stadium. His appearance perhaps suggesting a Premier League start at the weekend?

Needless to say, Bale was quickly involved, sending a crisp left-footed strike high into the net for Tottenham’s third of the evening and seventh overall.

Vinicius snatched his second after substitute Dane Scarlett had forced a mistake from Gustav Henriksson. Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, February 28 when Burnley visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (2pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Joe Hart, Matt Doherty (Marcel Lavinier 74’), Toby Alderweireld, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela (Gareth Bale 68’), Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko (Nile John 81’), Dele Alli (Dane Scarlett 81’), Steven Bergwijn (Lucas Moura 68’), Ben Davies (Capt), Carlos Vinícius Subs not used: Hugo Lloris (GK), Sergio Reguilón, Heung­ Min Son, Harry Kane, Japhet Tanganga, Tanguy Ndombélé, Marcel Lavinier, Dilan Markanday

Booked: Matt Doherty (foul), Ben Davies (foul), Toby Alderweireld (dissent)
Goals: Dele Alli 10’, Carlos Vinicius 50’, 83’ Gareth Bale 74’

Wolfsberger AC: Manuel Kuttin, Gustav Henriksson, Jonathan Scherzer (Stefan Peric 65’), Cheikhou Dieng (Capt), Michael Liendl, Dario Vizinger (Dejan Joveljić 46’), Kai Stratznig (Nemanja Rnić 79’), Dominik Baumgartner (Guram Giorbelidze 65’), Christopher Wernitznig, Michael Novak (Mario Pavelic 46’), Luka Lochoshvili Subs not used: David Skubl (GK), Alexander Kofler (GK), Thorsten Röcher, Lukas Schöfl, Matthäus Taferne

Booked: Dominik Baumgartner (foul), Christopher Wernitznig (foul)
Goals: None

Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistants: Matej Žunič (SVN) and Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)

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Brian Jeeves

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