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Saturday 10 December 2016

Spurs complete Italian job

Tottenham 3 Fiorentina 0 (Spurs win 4-1 on agg)

Spur star Dele Alli and Gonzalo Rodriguez of Fiorentina compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match at White Hart Lane. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images.
Spur star Dele Alli and Gonzalo Rodriguez of Fiorentina compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match at White Hart Lane. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images.
Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal. Photo:Ian Kington/Getty Images
Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela scores the second goal for Spurs. Photo: Ian Kington /Getty Images.

Tottenham proved themselves capable of coping without Harry Kane as they sailed into the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Fiorentina.

Ryan Mason gave Spurs the lead with a composed finish in the first half and Erik Lamela made it two before a Gonzalo Rodriguez own-goal completed a 4-1 victory on aggregate.

The only blemish on another excellent night for Mauricio Pochettino's men saw Dele Alli pick up his third yellow card of the competition, which means the 19-year-old is banned for the first leg of the next round.

Kane was left out of a Spurs matchday squad for the first time this season as he recovers from a broken nose but Pochettino showed the seriousness with which he continues to treat this most exhausting of competitions by fielding all of his other key players including Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Dele Alli.

With 25 minutes on the clock, the hosts broke the deadlock as Alli beat the diving Davide Astori to Ben Davies' ball forward and his slight touch was enough to set Mason free, as the midfielder burst through before applying a cool finish into the far corner.

Fiorentina, just as they did in the first leg, grew in confidence but Spurs were more clinical and in the 63rd minute they doubled their lead as Christian Eriksen's reverse pass set Chadli clear and while his shot was saved, Lamela showed a cool head to steer home.

After Alli's booking, groans turned to cheers as Fiorentina's Rodriguez scored an own goal.

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