Thursday August 28, 2014 Play-off round Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 0 AEL Limassol

  • Kane 45’
  • Paulinho 49’
  • Townsend 66’ (pen.)

  1. Europa League - Paulinho leads Spurs past AEL Limassol

    Europa League - Paulinho leads Spurs past AEL Limassol

    Paulinho set the tempo as Spurs romped 3-0 past AEL Limassol at White Hart Lane. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • AEL Limassol
    • And that is it! Spurs win 3-0 and are through to the group stage for the fourth season in a row!
    • 90+2 AEl finishing with a glourish as they come forward through Danielzinho but Spurs usher them away. That should be it.
    • 90+1 Bebe plays a long ball over the top to Edmar but Lloris is off his line quickly to come and collect. Excellent goalkeeping.
    • 90' Kaboul, Holtby and Veljkovic happy with the ball. They move it to Kane but his loose touch means his pass out wide is inaccurate and AEL get a throw in.
    • 89' Spurs moving the ball with ease now. The game is up and AEL look beat.
    • 88' AEL knocking the ball about. Barcelos finds some space and shoots from distance. It is blocked and the Cypriot's have the corner.
    • 87' Paulinho nicks the ball in front of Guideleye who gives him a kick in the thigh by accident.
    • 86' Chiriches comes off for Milos Veljkovic.
    • 85' Possession from Spurs. This game is all but over.
    • 84' CHANCE! Ben Davies smashes the ball from distance with his left foot and the goalkeeper does brilliantly to tip the ball past the post. From the corner Paulinho attempts an overhead and the keeper saves. It falls to Kane who tries to finish but the keeper is up well to save again.
    • 83' Lovely tackle from Sielis as he slides across to stop Naiughton in his tracks.
    • 82' Paulinho and Holtby try to one-two their way into the box on the left but Danielzinho finds himself back and able to intercept.
    • 81' Paulinho gives away a foul on the left wing as he sees Tagbajumi power past him. The ball is swung in and Sielis wins the header but it goes harmlessly wide.
    • 80' Tagbajumi comes on for Sardinero.
    • 79' Danielzinho tries to take on Dembele on the left wing but the Belgian blocks him off and wins the ball back. Spurs back with it now.
    • 78' Holtby on for Sandro who gets a huge ovation.
    • 77' Lovely play as Lennon slips in Kane into the box and one-on-one but Kane's sidefoot hits the goalkeeper.
    • 76' Sandro with space on the edge of the area and he tries to bend one but doesn't get any power from a standing position and the keeper saves.
    • 75' lloris comes rushing out to slide tackle Carlitos as he was played through on the right wing. Excellent goalkeeping.
    • 74' Bebe almost loses it once to Dembele in the middle but flicks the ball away and then a sharp turn allows him to move away from Paulinho with ease. AEL managing some possession now.
    • 73' Chiriches looked like he landed awkwardly and is moving gingerly but he looks happy to continue.
    • 72' Paulinho drops deep to get the ball and attempts a long ball over the top to Lennon but his run is just off line and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 71' Naughton with a foul on the half way line as he pokes a leg out to try and nick the ball away but Adrian gets there first and is tripped.
    • 70' More Spurs possession. Chiriches and Kaboul happy to pop it about at the back. AEL can't be bothered to press that high. They look beat.
    • 69' Naughton gives away a free kick as he bundles into Edmar after a long ball. They waste the free kick though and Spurs have it back with Kaboul.
    • 68' Spurs maintain possession as they have done throughout. Calm and collected.
    • 67' BArcelos is penalised for holding back Sandro on the edge of his own area as he tries to shield the ball.
    • 66' AEL look out of this one. They look dispondent and disinterested as they trudge to take the kick off.
    • 65' GOAL! Townsend sends the keeper the wrong way and passes it into the bottom right corner.
    • 64' Naughton with some great pressure inside AEL's half and Townsend is able to nick the ball away. As they enter into the box Naughton flicks the ball up and Edmar puts his hand in the way. Penalty given.
    • 63' Paulinho with some great work as he tracks all the way back to dispossess Carlitos deep inside his own half.
    • 62' Paulinho finds himself on the edge of the area. He ducks inside and flicks the ball to Lennon on the edge who tries to lob the on-rushing goalkeeper but Carlitos clears off the line.
    • 61' Naughton, Sandro and Townsend play some intricate passes on the right wing but the wingers flick inside to Sandro is collected by the goalkeeper.
    • 60' Chiriches again carryng the ball out from the back but Spurs just recycle possession. AEL are chasing shadows.
    • 59' Dembele tries a fancy turn but Barcelos reads it and runs it down the right wing. He wins a throw in Spurs half.
    • 58' Paulinho drives at the AEL defence but he is shifted wide and the keepr is able to clear. Chiriches plays a clever offside and Spurs have it back.
    • 57' Townsend off on his travels down the right wing again but Edmar yet again is able to defend the pace of the winger and AEL clear.
    • 56' Gikiewicz does well to control on the edge of the area. Shift the ball onto his right foot and try to bend one into the far corner but Lloris is over to save with relative ease.
    • 55' Townsend tries to take on Edmar on the right wing but the full back does well to shepherd him out wide and then win a goal kick.
    • 54' Loose pass from Davies inside to Dembele but Chiriches does a really good job of getting the ball back and releasing Davies again on the left.
    • 53' Slow possession from Spurs as they get their breath back from an extremely high tempo start.
    • 52' Lennon breaks on the left and tries to squeeze a pass through two players to Paulinho but the Cypriots manage to win the ball back.
    • 51' Davies is penalised 35 yards from his own goal as he drags Adrian down who spun him nicely.
    • 50' AEL lose it almost immediately from kick off and Spurs are at it again. Such high work rate.
    • 49' LOVELY GOAL! Chiriches goes storming up the pitch and tries to backheel to Paulinho. The ball is intercepted on the edge but Chiriches wins it back and give it to Paulinho who shifts it onto his right foot and smashes it low into the bottom corner.
    • 48' Dembele to Townsend on the right who tires to take on Edmar but he is forced wide and ends up winning a throw. Naughton takes.
    • 47' AEL begin the half with much of the possession but Sandro wins the ball back and plays a one-two with Kane. He shoots from the edge of the area but drags his shot harmlessly wide.
    • 46' And we are underway again! Can AEL turn this around or will Spurs saunter into the group stages? Danielzinho is coming on for Nikolaou for AEL.
    • 45+7 And that is half time! Spurs are on their way to their fourth Europa League group stage in five seasons. AEL have it all to do.
    • 45+6 Kane tries to run the ball on his own from the half way line but is crowded out as Carlitos and Sielis double up on him in the middle.
    • 45+5 Spurs maintain possession and keep the ball in midfield to try and play it out to half time.
    • 45+4 Sielis attempts to win a penatly as he ducks inside Kaboul but a clear dive sees the ref wave away appeals.
    • 45+3 Townsend is booked for a cynical pull back on Edmar.
    • 45+2 Dembele is fouled as he wriggles past Bebe in the central area. Spurs come down the left with Davies.
    • 45+1 AEL kick off and try to compose themselves. Nothing changed for them though as they still need two goals.
    • 45' KANE SCORES AT LAST! Paulinho rolls in Kane with loads of time and space on the edge of the area. He lines it up and hits it first time into the bottom corner past the goalkeeper. Easy finish.
    • 43' Our sincerest apologies. Slight technical error. You missed a shot from Townsend which flew over the bar. A yellow for Bebe for a trip on Townsend and Spurs corner from a silly Romero error.
    • 36' Townsend is tripped on the right touchline inside the AEL half. He gets up to take. He swings it in left footed to the far post but the keeper is out to punch clear.
    • 35' Sandro knocks it long to Townsend through the middle but Sielis heads clear.
    • 34' Nikolaou is down injured after a 50-50 with Sandro. Kane has a run on goal but decides to knock the ball out play.
    • 33' Dembele goes on a little run past three players and finds himself in space on the edge of the area. He drives inside and strikes with his right foot but drags it low and wide.
    • 32' Dembele under pressure plays it to Davies who goes on a foray down the left but Lennon brings the ball back inside. A poor ball to Naughton slows Spurs' attack.
    • 31' Spurs almost break with Kane but Nikolaou comes flying in front to make the interception and does enough to put off the Spurs striker from turning and running at goal.
    • 30' Dembele is held back cynically as he tries to break beyond the midfield but the ref blows for a foul.
    • 29' Romero takes his time over this kick as the ref has to sort out some afters between he and Kaboul.
    • 28' Corner to Spurs as Naughton finds Kane but his header is deflected wide. Paulinho takes but the goalkeeper comes out to claim at the far post.
    • 27' Spurs look comfortable again as they pop the ball about in midfield. This looks very much like second gear for the Premier League side.
    • 26' Townsend slow to get to the ball as Edmar nips in and breaks. He causes panic with his direct down on the left. The ball drops to Bebe on the edge and has a shot but it flies well over the bar.
    • 25' Dembele is bundled over by Guideleye on the half way line and Spurs keep moving the ball around through Kaboul and Chiriches.
    • 24' Scrappy period as neither Spurs not AEL manage to get a foot on the ball. A loose pass from Nicolaou sees Spurs with a throw on the left wing.
    • 23' Davies goes in strongly against Gikiewicz but the Cypriots waste the free kick
    • 22' Nice interchange from Sandro and Davies on the edge of the area as the full back followed his run and tried to play a one-two but his touch into the box runs through to the goalkeeper.
    • 21' Ben Davies crosses from the left but his cross is blocked.
    • 20' Barcelos gives it to Edmar who crosses towards Carlitos but Spurs clear to Lennon who runs it clear on the left but a bad ball inside to Paulinho loses the edge on the counter and Spurs maintain possession.
    • 19' Guideleye wins the ball from davies and sets AEL on a counter. Carlitos attacks down the right but he loses it. Kane runs the ball down through the middle to the edge of the area and lets fly with a strike but the keeper saves well and beats the ball away.
    • 18' Naughton tackles Barcelos on the right and plays it to Kaboul to his right. More spurs possession in their own half.
    • 17' Sandro goes on a run down the left wing but as he tries to power past Cadu he loses his footing and the ball runs out for a goal kick.
    • 16' Spurs with some possession in their own half with Dembele and Paulinho bossing possession. But at the moment, there is little penetration. Townsend is dispossessed.
    • 15' Townsend fouls Edmar on the left wing and AEL have a free kick around 30 yards out. The ball is swung in but it goes out over the head of Cadu at the far post.
    • 14' PENALTY SAVED! The goalkeeper saves with his feet as Kane smashes it down the middle!
    • 12' Despite leaving the pitch on a stretcher, the goalkeeper still receives a yellow card for giving away the penalty. Rules are rules!
    • 11' Looks a lot more serious than we'd thought. The oxygen tank is out for the AEL goalkeeper. Spurs' team doctor is also out helping with the treatment.
    • 10' Still waiting.
    • 9' Kane is stood with the ball and will eventually take the penalty. The ref is still waiting for Fegrouch to be taken off on a stretcher.
    • 8' We might get a penalty sooner or later. Fegrouch's goalkeeper is still receiving treatment.
    • 7' The goalkeeper is down injured. Fegrouch is coming off and sub goalie Romero is readying himself.
    • 6' PENALTY! it was blatant. Naughton was slipped in down the line with a lovely ball over the top. The goalkeeper came sprinting out of the goal to the corner of his area but the Spurs man toed the ball past Fegrouch and was taken down. The goalkeeper is injured, but it was stonewall. Penalty kick.
    • 5' Guideleye does well to win a header against Chiriches but the spurs defender fends him off well and sends him backwards. Spurs defend well as Edmar goes on an overlap and Lennon is fouled on the half way line.
    • 4' Good build up from Spurs as Paulinho rolls it into Kane on the half way line. The lone striker goes on a foray up the pitch and slides in Naughton on his right but a miscontrol allows Edmar to clear.
    • 3' Spurs' turn to control possession. They're doing well uo to the half way line but cant find space in AEL's half. Townsend fells Edmar and the Cypriots have a free kick in their own half.
    • 2' AEl start well and maintain possession well in midield. Spurs are pressing well though and not allowing the visitors out of their own half.
    • 1' And we are underway here at White Hart Lane! AEL get us underway shooting in the first half from left to right.
    • 19.43 Just a couple of minutes until kick-off now. Spurs have presented new signing Federico Fazio to the fans and AEL Limassol have a raucous corner of fans at White Hart Lane making enough noise for the whole of Europe. The teams are on their way out!
    • 19.40 With just five minutes left until kick off, we've a stat our Cypriot followers may not like to hear. In Spurs' last 12 games in the Europa League (including qualifiers), they have lost just once, winning nine times. Do AEL have a hope tonight?
    • 19.35 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pocchetino maintains his team will stay focussed against 'lesser' opponents tonight. He said: "It is a very important game for us and we need to be focused. It is true we brought back a good result from the first leg but we need to win again. For me, it is 0-0 and we need to try and win this game."
    • 19.30 Spurs have brought in Vlad Chiriches for his first appearance of the season alongside ever-present Kaboul at the back. Paulinho, Dembele and Sandro also come in for their first meaningful contributions to Spurs' season while Soldado is left out of the squad with a stiff back and neck, according to boss Pocchetino.
    • 19.25 HOME NEWS - Spurs bring in an almost entirely different team to the one that romped past QPR at the weekend. Younes Kaboul and Hugo Lloris are the only survivors as Pocchetino shuffle shis pack ahead of a big game against Liverpool on Sunday.
    • 19.20 TEAM NEWS: TOTTENHAM - Lloris, Kaboul, Chiriches, Naughton, Davies, Sandro, Dembele, Paulinho, Townsend, Lennon, Kane. SUBS: Friedel, Rose, Adebayor, Holtby, Dier, Chadli, Veljkovic. /// AEL - Fegrouch, Sielis, Gikiewicz, Barcelos, Nikolaou, Edmar, Bebe, Carlitos, Guidileye, Cadu, Sardinero. SUBS: Romero, Espana, Tagbajumi, Carlitos, Danielzinho, Eleftheriou, Nadeau.
    • 19.15 Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League qualifier at White Hart Lane. Spurs take a 2-1 away lead into the second leg and will be hoping to see out the job tonight. Team news to follow shortly...
  • Summary

    • 84' CHANCE! Ben Davies smashes the ball from distance with his left foot and the goalkeeper does brilliantly to tip the ball past the post. From the corner Paulinho attempts an overhead and the keeper saves. It falls to Kane who tries to finish but the keeper is up well to save again.
    • 77' Lovely play as Lennon slips in Kane into the box and one-on-one but Kane's sidefoot hits the goalkeeper.
    • 65' GOAL! Townsend sends the keeper the wrong way and passes it into the bottom right corner.
    • 62' Paulinho finds himself on the edge of the area. He ducks inside and flicks the ball to Lennon on the edge who tries to lob the on-rushing goalkeeper but Carlitos clears off the line.
    • 49' LOVELY GOAL! Chiriches goes storming up the pitch and tries to backheel to Paulinho. The ball is intercepted on the edge but Chiriches wins it back and give it to Paulinho who shifts it onto his right foot and smashes it low into the bottom corner.
    • 45' KANE SCORES AT LAST! Paulinho rolls in Kane with loads of time and space on the edge of the area. He lines it up and hits it first time into the bottom corner past the goalkeeper. Easy finish.
    • 19' Guideleye wins the ball from davies and sets AEL on a counter. Carlitos attacks down the right but he loses it. Kane runs the ball down through the middle to the edge of the area and lets fly with a strike but the keeper saves well and beats the ball away.
    • 14' PENALTY SAVED! The goalkeeper saves with his feet as Kane smashes it down the middle!
    • 12' Despite leaving the pitch on a stretcher, the goalkeeper still receives a yellow card for giving away the penalty. Rules are rules!

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