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Thursday 8 December 2016

Erik Lamela on target as Spurs held in Monaco

Tottenham's Erik Lamela scored in the 1-1 draw with Monaco in the Europa League
Tottenham's Erik Lamela scored in the 1-1 draw with Monaco in the Europa League

Erik Lamela's resurgence continued in Monaco but a late Stephan El Shaarawy header denied Tottenham victory in the Europa League.

It may have taken two seasons to find any consistency, but the £30m club-record acquisition from Roma (right) is at last fulfilling his promise.

Just days after the departure of oft-maligned technical director Franco Baldini, so key to the signing, Lamela began and ended a move that gave Spurs a deserved lead - one chalked off by substitute El Shaarawy late on as Monaco secured a 1-1 draw.

For much of the game it looked like Mauricio Pochettino's men would follow up their impressive 4-1 defeat of Manchester City with another win, especially when their Argentinian winger tapped home after Dele Alli was denied on the day of his maiden England call-up.

Lamela's finish was straightforward enough but the skill shown in starting the move was anything but, rolling the ball onto his right and playing in Nacer Chadli, who, like Harry Kane, could have netted in the opening period.

They were missed chances that Monaco capitalised on as the Group J encounter came to a close at the half-full Stade Louis II, with El Shaarawy's header beating Hugo Lloris after taking a slight touch off Kieran Trippier.

 

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