Europa League - Round of 32 - 2nd Leg
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Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Wolfsberger: Spurs cruise into the Europa League last 16

By Alex BysouthBBC Sport
Dele Alli
Dele Alli scored his third goal of the season and first since December 2020

Dele Alli scored a superb overhead kick as Tottenham cruised into the Europa League last 16 with an 8-1 aggregate win over Austrian side Wolfsberger.

Spurs were already in control of the tie following a 4-1 first-leg victory and quickly asserted their authority at home with Alli's spectacular effort.

It was in keeping with an impressive performance by Alli, who was at his creative best to also lay on two goals.

Carlos Vinicius scored twice, either side of a Gareth Bale effort.

No team in Uefa Cup or Europa League history has overturned a three-goal deficit from the first leg at home to progress and Wolfsberger never threatened to do so here.

Spurs could have had more, with Vinicius coolly rounding goalkeeper Manuel Kuttin before Gustav Henriksson cleared off the line.

But Vinicius did get on the scoresheet with a back-post header from Alli's smart cross, before substitute Bale lashed into the top corner from the Englishman's through ball.

Striker Vinicius added his second and Tottenham's fourth to complete the rout after good work from 16-year-old Dane Scarlett.

Jose Mourinho's side will find out who they face in the next round during Friday's draw.

Mourinho still in trophy hunt

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale scored his third goal as a substitute in a European game, with the previous two coming in the 2018 Champions League final for Real Madrid

Tottenham boss Mourinho doubled down on his methods this week and insisted he will be remembered in north London for the right reasons.

A run of five defeats in six Premier League games has seen his job called into question but the Portuguese still has a chance to win two trophies this season at a club who are without silverware for 13 years.

Mourinho, whose side are in the Carabao Cup final and now the Europa League last 16, was able to rest the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Tanguy Ndombele with the tie all but sewn up after victory in Budapest.

He also left Bale on the bench until 22 minutes from time, perhaps with the Welshman in mind for a start in the Premier League against Burnley on Sunday.

Alli is a player Mourinho has used sparingly this season but made his case for more game time with a wonderful opening goal after 10 minutes.

The playmaker shifted the ball wide to Matt Doherty before finding the bottom corner with a bicycle kick on the bounce after collecting the return.

Alli then picked out Vinicius at the back post with a well-weighted delivery for the Brazilian to guide a header beyond goalkeeper Kuttin.

Bale made it three from Alli's pass, allowing Mourinho to bring on 20-year-old defender Marcel Lavinier and 17-year-old midfielder Nile John for their Spurs debuts.

It was teenage substitute Scarlett who made the fourth goal, however, winning the ball back in the area for Vinicius to convert his sixth Europa League goal this season.

The Europa League winners will earn a place in next season's Champions League, but Mourinho's attention will now switch to trying to overhaul a nine-point deficit so Spurs can secure a spot in Europe's elite competition via the Premier League.

'No need for the emergency plan' - what they said

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho speaking to BT Sport: "It was good, we got through, won the match like we wanted and no need for the emergency plan, we played well for large periods and all four goals were beautiful.

"A special night for the kids who played for the first time and no injuries.

"There is not one player here that I say I am not happy with, the performances were good, are they all going to start on Sunday? No, but we are playing Thursday, Sunday, Thursday."

Scarlett emulates Mbappe - the stats

  • Spurs have progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign, when they were eliminated by Thomas Tuchel's Borussia Dortmund.
  • Tottenham are the ninth different team to score 100+ goals in the Europa League, with only Benfica (53) and Sevilla (55) reaching the landmark in fewer games (56).
  • Austrian sides have now lost 21 of their 22 trips to England in major European competition, with FK Austria Wien the only side to avoid defeat against Chelsea in a Cup Winners' Cup encounter in October 1994.
  • Jose Mourinho has seen one of his teams score at least eight goals across a major European knockout tie for the first time since his Real Madrid days, when the Spanish side beat Apoel Nicosia 8-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2011-12.
  • Spurs are the first English side score four or more goals in both legs of a European knockout tie since Newcastle United in the 1994-95 Uefa Cup first round against Royal Antwerp (5-0 first leg, 5-2 second leg).
  • Dele Alli had a direct hand in three goals for the first time in the same game since December 2017 against Southampton.
  • Carlos Vinicius has scored in each of his past four Europa League matches (six goals), the first Spurs player to net in four straight European appearances since Jermain Defoe in November 2013.
  • Vinicius is averaging a goal or assist every 66 minutes in all competitions for Tottenham this season (nine goals, three assists), the best rate among any player at the club to have played at least 90 minutes this season.
  • Aged 16 years and 337 days, Tottenham's Dane Scarlett is the first 16-year-old to assist a Europa League goal since Kylian Mbappe in December 2015 for Monaco against Tottenham.

Player of the match

AlliDele Alli

with an average of 8.47

Tottenham Hotspur

  1. Squad number20Player nameAlli
    Average rating

    8.47

  2. Squad number9Player nameBale
    Average rating

    8.30

  3. Squad number45Player nameCarlos Vinícius
    Average rating

    7.50

  4. Squad number53Player nameScarlett
    Average rating

    7.40

  5. Squad number27Player nameLucas Moura
    Average rating

    7.16

  6. Squad number11Player nameLamela
    Average rating

    6.83

  7. Squad number55Player nameLavinier
    Average rating

    6.82

  8. Squad number4Player nameAlderweireld
    Average rating

    6.80

  9. Squad number23Player nameBergwijn
    Average rating

    6.77

  10. Squad number57Player nameJohn
    Average rating

    6.69

  11. Squad number33Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    6.65

  12. Squad number12Player nameHart
    Average rating

    6.56

  13. Squad number2Player nameDoherty
    Average rating

    6.52

  14. Squad number17Player nameSissoko
    Average rating

    6.33

  15. Squad number15Player nameDier
    Average rating

    6.29

  16. Squad number8Player nameWinks
    Average rating

    6.27

RZ Pellets WAC

  1. Squad number15Player nameRnic
    Average rating

    4.89

  2. Squad number9Player nameJoveljic
    Average rating

    4.72

  3. Squad number10Player nameLiendl
    Average rating

    4.71

  4. Squad number11Player nameVizinger
    Average rating

    4.54

  5. Squad number4Player nameScherzer
    Average rating

    4.52

  6. Squad number29Player nameKuttin
    Average rating

    4.48

  7. Squad number5Player namePeric
    Average rating

    4.44

  8. Squad number3Player nameHenriksson
    Average rating

    4.43

  9. Squad number6Player namePavelic
    Average rating

    4.43

  10. Squad number8Player nameDieng
    Average rating

    4.43

  11. Squad number44Player nameLochoshvili
    Average rating

    4.33

  12. Squad number17Player nameStratznig
    Average rating

    4.32

  13. Squad number2Player nameGiorbelidze
    Average rating

    4.31

  14. Squad number24Player nameWernitznig
    Average rating

    4.31

  15. Squad number22Player nameBaumgartner
    Average rating

    4.30

  16. Squad number27Player nameNovak
    Average rating

    4.30

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Hart
  • 2DohertyBooked at 36minsSubstituted forLavinierat 74'minutes
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 77mins
  • 15Dier
  • 33DaviesBooked at 65mins
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forJohnat 81'minutes
  • 8Winks
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forBaleat 68'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forScarlettat 81'minutes
  • 23BergwijnSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 69'minutes
  • 45Alves Morais

Substitutes

  • 1Lloris
  • 3Reguilón
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 9Bale
  • 10Kane
  • 25Tanganga
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 28Ndombele
  • 53Scarlett
  • 55Lavinier
  • 56Markanday
  • 57John

RZ Pellets WAC

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 29Kuttin
  • 3Henriksson
  • 22BaumgartnerBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGiorbelidzeat 65'minutes
  • 44Lochoshvili
  • 27NovakSubstituted forPavelicat 45'minutes
  • 17StratznigSubstituted forRnicat 79'minutes
  • 24WernitznigBooked at 63mins
  • 4ScherzerSubstituted forPericat 65'minutes
  • 10Liendl
  • 8Dieng
  • 11VizingerSubstituted forJoveljicat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Giorbelidze
  • 5Peric
  • 6Pavelic
  • 9Joveljic
  • 15Rnic
  • 18Röcher
  • 21Skubl
  • 23Schöfl
  • 30Taferner
  • 31Kofler
Referee:
Matej Jug

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamRZ Pellets WAC
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, RZ Pellets WAC 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, RZ Pellets WAC 0.

  3. Post update

    Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Wernitznig (RZ Pellets WAC).

  5. Post update

    Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mario Pavelic (RZ Pellets WAC).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham Hotspur).

  8. Post update

    Guram Giorbelidze (RZ Pellets WAC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Manuel Kuttin.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dane Scarlett (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a through ball.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, RZ Pellets WAC 0. Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dane Scarlett.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nile John replaces Moussa Sissoko.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dane Scarlett replaces Dele Alli.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lucas Moura.

  15. Post update

    Marcel Lavinier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Guram Giorbelidze (RZ Pellets WAC).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, RZ Pellets WAC. Nemanja Rnic replaces Kai Stratznig.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

  19. Post update

    Michael Liendl (RZ Pellets WAC) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

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