Haran Naresh reports from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs cruised to victory over Pacos de Ferreira.
Harry Kane gives Tottenham Hotspur the lead against Pacos de Ferreira (photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/ Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur secured their place in the group stages of the Europa Conference League with a 3-0 victory over Pacos de Ferreira in the second leg of their play-off tie.
It was a comfortable night for Spurs as they overcame their 1-0 deficit from the first leg.
A day after he announced that he would be staying at Tottenham, Harry Kane missed a huge chance almost straight from kick-off. Cristian Romero delivered a precise ball over the top which Kane controlled and steered narrowly wide. Pacos de Ferreira goalkeeper Andre Ferreira did well to rush off his line and put Kane off.
Kane gave Tottenham the lead after nine minutes following some high–quality work from Harry Winks. Winks won the ball back then played a ball over the top to Bryan Gil, who found Kane in the area and the Englishman took a touch before he fired home.
Spurs started the game at a relentless pace and were having particular success down the left flank. Kane played a ball in behind in the 12th minute that was just beyond the reach of Ryan Sessesgnon.
In the 33rd minute Gil attempted a shot from just outside the area which was deflected and hit the post before going behind.
Kane doubled Spurs’ lead in the 34th minute. Pacos de Ferreira’s attempt to play out from defence resulted in Lo Celso winning the ball back high up the pitch. Kane attempted a shot which was blocked and the ball found its way towards Lo Celso following a scramble in the area. The midfielder had his effort blocked but the rebound reached Kane who fired into an empty net.
Spurs carried on from where they left off in the second half and won a free-kick high up the pitch. Lo Celso decided to go for goal and hit the crossbar.
In the 65th minute Moura played an excellent through ball to Doherty who found Lo Celso in the area. The midfielder turned smartly but could only hit a tame shot which was easily saved by Ferreira.
Two minutes later, Lo Celso played the ball wide to Gil and the winger directed his low shot off target.
Spurs’ passage to the group stages of the Europa Conference League became all but assured in the 70th minute when Pacos de Ferreira’s Antunes headed the ball into his own net from Lo Celso’s free-kick.
With 76 minutes on the clock Lo Celso found Son who directed his effort into the side-netting from close range.
Nuno will be delighted with an impressive display and the contribution of Harry Kane in particular. There may have been some concerns about Kane’s state of mind after his attempt to leave Tottenham was blocked but he put all these fears to rest with a brilliant display. On top of his two goals, his link-up play was at his usual standard, he created several chances with some pin-point accurate passes.
His relationship with the Tottenham faithful may have been fractured this summer but he now looks to be firmly back in their good books. The announcement of his name prior to kick-off prompted a loud cheer and he was given a standing ovation when he was substituted.
Spurs will found out the identity of their group-stage opponents in the Europa Conference League in tomorrow’s draw, which takes place at 12:30 BST.
Nuno’s side turn their attention to the Premier League when they host Watford on Sunday.
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo speaking in his post-match press conference: “I think we played a good game. We didn’t allow many chances. We scored early which make things easier. I’m really pleased with the way we played today.”
On Harry Kane: “He played good, he scored. He helped the team in and out of possession.”
“I see Harry every day, he doesn’t have to prove anything. He’s committed. All the situations that have happened before are part of the past. Let’s move forward. He is one more who will help us.”