Wembley hoodoo over for Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur dressed the wound of their Champions League exit with a 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow last night that secured the consolation prize of a place in the continent's second-tier contest.
A well-taken effort from Dele Alli, a Harry Kane tap-in and an Igor Akinfeev own goal helped Spurs overcome Alan Dzagoev's opener for CSKA and wrapped up their first win at their adopted Wembley home.
That was enough for Spurs, whose hopes of reaching the knockout rounds had already ended, to finish third in Group E on seven points, four ahead of CSKA, who could have pipped them to the Europa League qualifying spot.
Things had looked bleak for Spurs when they fell behind after 33 minutes as Dzagoev latched onto a Zoran Tosic header and thumped his effort past Hugo Lloris.
The hosts, however, were by far the better side in the first half and were quickly level as Christian Eriksen's cross found its way through to Alli, who controlled the ball perfectly before shaping a beautiful finish past Akinfeev.
They went ahead on the stroke of halftime as Kane tapped in Danny Rose's cross for his ninth goal in his last nine games in all competitions and rounded off the scoring with 13 minutes remaining when Akinfeev saved Alli's header, only to kick the ball into his own net.
Tottenham have the option of using Wembley for all of their home games next season and, despite losing their first two group games there, a club-record attendance of 85,512 against Bayer Leverkusen last month and this win over CSKA Moscow might make that prospect more appealing.
Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld came off the bench after missing the last 10 games through injury, suggesting he could be fit for Sunday's league game against Manchester United.