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Monday 11 December 2017

Roberto Soldado turns from hero to zero as Spurs draw

Tottenham's Roberto Soldado celebrates scoring their first goal with Christian Eriksen
Tottenham's Roberto Soldado celebrates scoring their first goal with Christian Eriksen

Roberto Soldado's best moment in a Tottenham shirt was quickly followed by one to forget as he unnecessarily gave away the free-kick which allowed Fiorentina to secure a draw and what could prove a decisive away goal in this Europa League tie.

This encounter is the first of six vital fixtures Mauricio Pochettino's side face over a testing 17-day period, which includes the mouth-watering prospect of Capital One Cup glory against rivals Chelsea.

The Wembley showdown comes just three days after the return leg of the last-32 tie in Florence - a match they approach off the back of a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, where Soldado's moment of magic was cancelled out by a Jose Maria Basanta strike which stemmed from his rush of blood to the head. The Spaniard was one of six changes made by Pochettino for a match which got off to an ideal start when the £26million striker showed wonderful skill and composure to volley home a Paulinho corner.

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