Tottenham 2-1 Anderlecht: Harry Kane continues good form as Mousa Dembele strike defeats Belgian counterparts

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino’s side go top of Group J with a vital win A late goal by Mousa Dembele handed Spurs a fortunate 2-1 victory over Anderlecht at White Hart Lane in the Europa League. It was the perfect result for the north Londoners ahead of their derby match with Arsenal on Sunday, and they have extended their good run which has seen them lose just two of their last 15 fixtures.This tie was the opposite to the first leg – where Spurs started brightly before Anderlecht came from behind to win – as Anderlecht were the better side before Pochettino’s men grew into the contest.The away team rarely tested Hugo Lloris in their superior spell and Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead after 28 minutes, interchanging with Christian Eriksen before firing home his fifth goal in three games.Ben Davies came close to doubling the home side’s lead in the second half with a looping effort, but Spurs rued their failure to add a second when Imoh Ezekiel stuck a leg out to convert past Lloris after questionable defending by the home side.   Spurs looked likely to concede again before Belgium international Dembele’s superb strike after a well-worked team goal, sealing a vital win with just three minutes left on the clock.The home side named a strong starting XI, despite playing their second game in just four days. Full-backs Kieran Trippier and Davies returned for their Europa League slot, while summer signing Son Heung-Min returned to the bench after a stint out with injury.  The Belgian side made three changes to the team that started in their 2-1 victory over Spurs last month and they started this match as the livelier outfit.Youri Tielemans went close after 13 minutes when he played a neat one-two on the edge of the box before sliding a low effort past the near-post from 18 yards.After Spurs’ sluggish start, they began to grow into the contest after a quarter of an hour, with Jan Vertonghen making a dangerous run down the wing, pulling the ball back for Kane whose flick into a dangerous spot in the area was only met by yellow shirts.Erik Lamela showed good feet to beat his marker before shooting across goal and just wide of the target, as Spurs’ confidence grew.That confidence saw them open the scoring shortly before the half hour, when Kane’s excellent form continued to go from strength to strength, on a day in which he was named in the England squad. The 22-year-old opened the scoring when he linked up well with Eriksen before turning and shooting into the bottom corner from 20 yards.Spurs were buoyed by their strike and the half-time whistle came at the wrong time as they had gathered momentum and knocked the stuffing out of Anderlecht.Anderlecht came out fighting in the second half and they had a good chance to score on the counter. After Dele Alli tried to square the ball for Lamela, who would have been through on goal, the visitors attacked at pace. Steven Defour had the ball on the right and he sent a low shot from 18 yards, but Lloris was alert to palm the ball away from danger.It was nearly two with a wonderful effort by Welshman Davies, when he controlled a bouncing ball on the left-hand corner of the box before looping a half volley which rattled the upright.Ezekiel levelled Besnik Hasi’s side after 72 minutes, when a short corner was taken and Defour’s in-swinging cross was dangerously left by Vertonghen. The Belgian defender held up his hands to say he was letting it through for Lloris to collect, but he did not see the Nigerian, who made good contact with the ball to finish past the French goalkeeper.Anderlecht were spurred on by their strike and they could have had another through Olivier Deschacht and then Ezekiel, as Tottenham were clinging on with desperation.The hosts showed good character to hold off the pressure before grabbing a late winner, when Dembele returned the ball to Davies, whose cross made its way to Son on the edge of the box. The South Korean then laid the ball off for Dembele to arrow an impressive strike into the top corner to steal the three points.Elsewhere in Group J, FK Qarabag held leaders Monaco to a 1-1 draw, which saw them drop to second below Pochettino’s improving Tottenham side.last_img

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