- LASK vs Tottenham kicks off at 5:55pm on BT Sport 2
OK. Now, I can confidently, finally say that Spurs are safe. They’ve drawn the match which means they’ve qualified from the group and given themselves an easier job in the next game. I’m really impressed with how LASK played and want to find out more about their manager. He knows what he’s doing.
Wow. What a hit! Brilliant from Karamoko.
LASK 3 Spurs 3
Karamoko drops into space between the Spurs defence and midfield, has too much room, and sets himself up for a shot on the edge of the area, curling it into the far corner. Hart can’t be blamed for this one.
90 mins+1 – LASK 2 Spurs 3
I think Spurs are safe now. Even the LASK coaching staff seem to have calmed their constant yelling down now.
Dele Alli finishes it off. Surely that’s the game done now. Big smile from Alli.
LASK 2 Spurs 3
The goalkeeper goes the wrong way, Alli lifts it over him to the other side.
The comeback is off! Bergwijn is fouled after bursting away behind the defence and being brought down in the area. It’s a foul. Dele Alli, on as a sub, will take the penalty.
85 mins – LASK 2 Spurs 2
Hart has been beaten by two easily saveable shots tonight. I’m not sure he’ll remember this one kindly.
Ohhhhhhhhhh the comeback is on!!!!
LASK 2 Spurs 2
Dreadful defending by Spurs here and Eggestein slams a shot in at Hart’s near post. The goalkeeper should do much better.
78 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 2
Spurs controlling the game well now. Pushing higher up the pitch but passing around the back line to take the sting out of the game. LASK still pressing high up the pitch but unable to make use of the ball. Karmoko catches Hojbjerg with a stray arm and spoils a move.
75 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 2
Dier has gone into a back three. I make that a 3-4-3, which suits the players on the pitch perfectly.
Spurs aren’t taking any short goal kicks. Everything is going long, which makes sense considering they were almost caught out a couple of times early in the game. Davies smashes a long pass early, beats the defender and Son gets in behind again… but a defender comes across and stops the shot. Hojbjerg smashes a shot over from the corner.
72 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 2
LASK push forward, Spurs drop behind the ball, it pings around the area a bit and Karamoko tries a shot from outside the box, drilling it wide.
Lo Celso comes off for Eric Dier. I wonder if that’s a change of shape.
70 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 2
LASK absolutely have to score here (twice) if they’re going to stay in the tournament but the way Son and Bale are positioned so high up the pitch makes it dangerous for them to open up and attack.
66 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 2
Ndombele, who has been brilliant, comes off for Bergwijn and Sissoko comes on for Moura.
63 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 2
HOW HAVE SPURS MISSED?!!! Bale and Son are in behind the defence and racing away. Bale carries it, gets to the box and then unselfishly passes across for the tap-in, but Son has run beyond the ball. He should have just shot!
59 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 2
LASK now have to score two goals to prevent Spurs knocking them out of the competition. Hoddle has just raised the issue of full-backs wearing gloves. “I woudn’t let my full-backs wear gloves. They’ve got to take throw-ins!” as Doherty hurls another one straight back to LASK.
SON BREAKS AWAY… AND SCORES!
LASK 1 Spurs 2
It’s a mistake in midfield, Ndombele steals the ball and slides a perfect pass into Son’s path. He takes a touch then slots the ball into the bottom corner.
54 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 1
Tanganga really hasn’t had a good game. His passing has been off, always playing it just slightly wide of where he’s aiming. Happens sometimes. Spurs do at least look a little better as a team in this half.
51 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 1
Lovely play between Ndombele and Doherty, quick firing passes together to beat a couple of defenders. The next pass gives possession away.
A few Spurs players are running around the pitch as though they can’t change direction quickly enough, as though stuck on vertical lines and unable to turn a few degrees or else they’ll slip.
48 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 1
LASK make the first attack of the half though, almost getting in at the near post. They’re pushing down the right early in this half having focused most of their play on the left in the first.
KICK OFF 2
We’re back! Spurs start the second half. Tanganga celebrates by punting the ball out for a throw.
More energy needed
I wonder just how annoyed Mourinho will be at half time. Are the players tired? Being lazy? Underestimated their opponents? Maybe they need a bit of a rollicking followed by a ‘BUT I BELIEVE IN YOU’. A few players are working their way out of the XI for the Arsenal match at this point.
Superb from LASK, unbelievably lucky from Spurs. I’ve never seen LASK play before but they have some great individuals and look really well coached. They’ve dominated this game – Spurs have barely turned up.
Spurs have won a penalty! The first decent bit of play from Spurs all night, Moura cuts back from the line after a one-two on the edge of the box, and Ndombele blasts a shot, hitting the arm of a defender from about three yards away. So harsh.
44 mins – LASK 1 Spurs 0
Doherty is still limping after spending some time with the physio but is OK to come back on.
WHAT A HIT! MICHORL GIVES LASK THE LEAD!
LASK 1 Spurs 0
This all starts with a mistake by Doherty. He’s slipped high up the pitch – and may have hurt himself – allowing LASK to counter-attack in a four v three. The ball is moved wide in the final third, which seems to slow the move down, so when Michorl gets the ball back about 25 yards out he decides to just launch one and Hart didn’t seem to be ready to dive for it. It came out of nowhere. Sort of.
41 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
LASK have been excellent here. They really know where to be and when, blocking passing lanes, winning the ball quickly and moving through the lines quickly when in possession. Joe Hart has been Spurs’ best player.
38 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Bale tries to take his man on one v one for pace but quickly discovers he’s not winning the race, loses possession and LASK can counter. Hojbjerg gives away a corner by tackling near his own line but the referee misses it.
36 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Spurs have been so scrappy tonight. Loose passes everywhere, not tracking runs, losing 50/50s. Mourinho will be keen to get them in and remind them they haven’t won the game yet.
34 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Bale tries one hit, into the wall. Second hit… into bodies. And deflected. LASK get it away.
33 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Bale thumps a free-kick straight towards the wall and Michorl jumps with both hands in front of his face to avoid being clattered. Handball, yellow card. Bale has another chance from closer now.
32 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Great save Joe Hart! LASK should have the lead. It’s a great move, with one and two-touch passes getting the ball through the middle of the Spurs team and behind the midfield. Glenn Hoddle reckons Bale is at fault for not tracking his runner, and that makes sense as the overlapping left wing-back gets forward to allow the left forward into the box. Hart is off his line quickly to block.
30 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Son looks like he could get in behind here with the right pass but his control has let him down a couple of times. LASK playing with real confidence in possession and moving up the pitch well, always finding a runner in space.
27 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
All of a sudden Moura is behind the defence as Son manages to slip him through… but he’s offside. And he misses the chance anyway.
25 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Moura is booked for catching Ranftl (I have no idea how to accurately pronounce that) in the face with his arm while jumping for a header.
22 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Great hit by Renner from outside the box! Hart has to just punch that away rather than try and catch because the shot was travelling. Spurs want to break from the corner but can’t keep hold of the ball.
20 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Spurs more in the game now but LASK look genuinely dangerous when they break. They have some decent players and are getting right at their opponents.
16 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Bale nutmegs the same defended twice with a lovely bit of skill in the corner but his cross doesn’t create anything like a chance. He seems to have enjoyed himself there though.
13 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Hart absolutely screams KEEPERS!!!! as he grabs a ball out the air after Tanganga and he combine to make building out from the back look more difficult than it needs to be. They’ll have heard that shout in Tottenham.
10 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Spurs counter quickly but Son’s pass isn’t great and Bale can’t reach it. The corner is headed clear by the first defender.
LASK attack again through Eggestein, who looks a really good player.
7 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Big chance for LASK! Sanchez has to block in the six yard box with a diving slide tackle, denying a striker the chance after a high energy attack. LASK are really going at them here and Eggestein has lined up a shot from distance… and HITS THE POST! What a strike from 25 yards, curled around the goalkeeper onto the far post.
5 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
Ndombele always seems to be a step ahead of players around him, able to dribble past them without even having the ball under control. A shimmy here, a little dropped shoulder there. Classy player.
3 mins – LASK 0 Spurs 0
LASK start on the attack and press high up the pitch, trying to put pressure on the Spurs backline from the first whistle.
Mourinho’s socially distanced interview
No reporters pitch-side in Austria at the LASK stadium so BT Sport conduct their pre-match interview with Mourinho is done via the magic of the internet and broadcast cameras. Mourinho takes a little exception to being asked why he doesn’t play Harry Winks and replies “options.” and also sets out his intention to win the group tonight so that, presumably, he can rest his first team in the final game of the group without pressure to win it.
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It’s LASK vs Spurs in the Europa League. If Spurs win, they go through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League. If they draw, they go through to the knock-out stages of the Europa League. The plan tonight is to not lose.
The teams are in and this is how Spurs line up tonight – and the big news is Gareth Bale starts! And Joe Hart.
Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies (C), Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Bale, Lucas, Son.
I think that’s a 4-3-3 with Son through the middle, but it could equally be Bale who starts as a striker. Here’s what Mourinho said of Bale this week:
“The only problem with Gareth is to get into the dynamic and the confidence of playing consecutive matches without any bad feeling or negative feeling, without any remembrance of the recent past when the condition was not the best and the fears were there,”
“But now he has the chance of a physical evolution. He doesn’t need a tactical or a technical evolution. He just needs to get his confidence back about playing three matches in a week. It’s more about that [than anything else].
Kick off is 5:55pm, stay here for updates and analysis throughout.
Source: The Telegraph Travels