Tottenham Revive European Aspirations by Defeating Red Star Belgrade

Tottenham Hotspur moved into second-place in Group B with a 5-0 win against Red Star Belgrade in North London.

Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane both scored twice and Erik Lamela also found the net as Spurs ended a dismal three-match winless run.

Lamela was the provider for the two opening goals – crossing for Kane to convert a header at the near post on nine minutes and covering ground on the right to square for Son to double their advantage seven minutes later.

Spurs capitalized on an error from Marko Marin to breakaway on the counter-attack. Ndombele slipped a pass to Son for the South Korean to slot a finish beyond Milan Borjan at his near post on the cusp of half-time.  

The hosts started the second half in the same fashion as they started the first and Lamela had two opportunities to add a fourth. He squandered a volley from close-range by blasting the ball over and then drilled a low effort wide of the far post, but he eventually converted just before the hour-mark.

Serge Aurier surged down the right and cut the ball back to the Argentine, who took a touch to steady himself before slamming an unerring finish into the far top corner with his left foot.

Kane completed a routine victory when Ndombele split the Red Star defence with a breath-taking through ball. The England international initially stalled in possession but then proceeded to caress an expert finish into the far bottom corner.

Man of the Match

Tottenham Hotspur’s Erik Lamela celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal of the game Tottenham Hotspur v Red Star Belgrade – UEFA Champions League – Group B – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22-10-2019 . (Photo by John Walton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

Erik Lamela enjoyed one of his finest performances for Tottenham Hotspur this evening.

Assisting the opening two goals, Lamela was integral to the attacking play for Spurs and he consolidated a strong performance by scoring a goal of his own in the second half.

Live Reaction

Kane: “We know we’ve been going through a tough run of results and it was the perfect way to respond. So we’re really pleased and hopefully we can build on this.”

Son Heung-Min: “As a team we stuck together and we really wanted to win this game. I think we did an amazing job, it was an amazing performance and a big three points for us.”

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