It was a triumphant 4-1 win at White Hart Lane as Mauricio Pochettino’s side ensured they finished top of their group in terrific fashion, thanks to an Erik Lamela hat-trick.
Tottenham Hotspur went into the game knowing that they had qualified for the next stage of the competition, whilst Monaco needed a win at White Hart Lane and had to hope that Anderlecht would stutter at home against Qarabag.
Josh Onomah made his first start for the club, whilst Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli had recovered from their injuries to claim positions on the bench alongside 18 year old, Cameron Carter-Vickers. Kevin Wimmer, Tom Carroll, Kieran Trippier, Clinton N’Jie and Ben Davies also made rare starts, with Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son making up the rest of the first eleven.
The North London outfit opened the scoring within two minutes as N’Jie and Davies pressed the Ligue 1 team high up the pitch, with the latter’s cross along the ground found Lamela, who neatly finished beyond the Subasic like he had done on Matchday 2 of the Europa League.
The Argentine added to his tally on the 15 minute mark, when the former Roma man ran onto a long ball which was headed on by Son, and shot from outside the penalty area in an attempt which Subasic should have done better to have saved. It was almost 3-0 only two minutes later, when Lamela turned provider for Son who had the ball in the net, but his effort was correctly ruled out for offside.
Nonetheless, the hat-trick was completed in the 38th minute when Lamela’s 5th Europa League goal of the season hit the back of the net following Son’s tidy pass, after N’Jie had again won the ball high up the pitch. The right-footed strike was neatly tucked away at the near post to culminate a strong attacking first half from the side, where all 3 of Lamela’s shots had resulted in goals for the home side.
However, there were concerns over Eric Dier, who was forced to leave the pitch in the first half after picking up a kick to his ankle. Whilst he did stay on the pitch for a few more minutes, he was substituted in place of the returning Bentaleb who was welcomed back to the squad to make his fifth appearance of the season. However, the pitch side commentator noted that as the England international came off the pitch, he said, “Don’t worry gaffer, I’m fine.”
The second half began with a slower pace than the first, with Onomah getting close to his first goal for the club until Subasic made a save with his foot which saw the young Englishman’s shot go wide of the post. The 18-year-old had started the move where he played the ball to Trippier who drilled it across to Son, but his poor first touch set the ball at the feet of Onomah who couldn’t take advantage.
But Monaco were the first to score in the second half, with El Shaarawy curling the ball into the net from 25 yards out on the hour mark to make the score 3-1. It was at this point too that Chadli came onto the pitch for Lamela.
After a 20 minute period of neither side getting into full flow, Carroll added a fourth goal for Spurs after latching on to a loose ball inside Monaco’s penalty area, and took the ball to the by-line where he neatly finished past the keeper from a tight angle.
Overall, it was a solid performance from Lamela and Spurs, who ensured they progressed to the next round of the competition in style with a great 4-1 win at home to an underwhelming Monaco side. The potential opponents for Spurs in Monday’s draw for the Last 32 are: Augsburg, Borussia Dortmund, Fenerbache, Fiorentina, Galatasaray, Marseille, Midtjylland, Saint-Etienne, Sevilla, Shaktar Donetsk, FC Sion, Sparta Prague, Sporting CP, Valencia and Villarreal.