LASK 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur: Player Ratings as Spurs Stumble Into Europa League Knockouts

James Merrills
Jose Mourinho would have hoped for a less lively game before the North London derby at the weekend.
Jose Mourinho would have hoped for a less lively game before the North London derby at the weekend. / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
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Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League despite a lacklustre performance which saw them draw 3-3 with LASK in Austria on Thursday evening.

Jose Mourinho made eight changes for Spurs' penultimate group game and it showed in the opening stages. Spurs were forced to go direct as LASK made a very bright start and hit the woodwork in the first five minutes, before taking the lead ahead of half-time.

It looked as if Spurs would be going into the break 1-0 down before Gareth Bale equalised from the spot after a handball.

Spurs didn't look much better after the restart until Tanguy Ndombele played a beautifully weighted pass into Son Heung-min who kept a cool head and fired his side into the lead. Johannes Eggestein scored a shock equaliser to dampen the Spurs mood, while a Dele Alli penalty only two minutes later put his side back level.

LASK refused to lay down and die as Karamoko scored the pick of the goals with a curling effort from 25 yards in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and deny Spurs all three points.


1. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Joe Hart was Spurs' stand out player in the first half.
Joe Hart was Spurs' stand out player in the first half. / Ashley Western/MB Media/Getty Images

Joe Hart (GK) - 5/10 Was lucky not to concede in the opening minutes and was well beaten before the post came to his rescue. He was a commanding presence between the sticks in the first half at least. His night was downhill after that though...

Matt Doherty (RB) - 6/10 - Didn't get forward in the same way we have become used to seeing. He slipped and gave the ball away in the build up to LASK's first goal and was responsible for his side going behind.

Davinson Sanchez (CB) - 7/10 - Made a great block early on and no doubt kept his side from going behind. Was often the one responsible for mopping up at the back and snuffed out LASK attacks well. Came charging out of defence and missed the through ball for the second goal.

Japhet Tanganga (CB) - 6/10 - His youthfulness showed early on with a few bad touches and misplaced passes. He grew into the game though and was rarely exposed as Spurs often went long from goal kicks.

Ben Davies (LB) - 6/10 - The Welshman was Tottenham's captain for this game and very nearly got an assist in the second half with a great ball in behind for Son.

2. Midfielders

Ndombele looks streets ahead of the player he was last season.
Ndombele looks streets ahead of the player he was last season. / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) - 6/10 - Had a quiet game and blazed a shot high over the bar from a tight angle in the second half. He misplaced a few passes throughout the game.

Tanguy Ndombele (CM) - 7/10 - The midfielder continued his good form and offered aggression in midfield. He was replaced just after the hour-mark and will no doubt feature in the north London derby on Sunday.

Giovani Lo Celso (CM) - 6/10 - Had a promising run forward on the counter attack before running into traffic. Didn't have the best of games and struggled to make the penetrating, darting movements we are so used to seeing.

3. Forwards

Gareth Bale converted a penalty to reach 200 career goals.
Gareth Bale converted a penalty to reach 200 career goals. / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Gareth Bale (RW) - 8/10 - Had Tottenham's first big chance after a lovely nutmeg and drag back right on the touch line. He played some great balls over the top for Son and showed his pace on the counter. Was withdrawn with ten minutes to go.

Son Heung-Min (ST) - 8/10 - Son was deployed through the middle tonight and looked dangerous in the second half. He linked up well with Bale and was unlucky not to score more than once.

Lucas Moura (LW) - 6/10 Made very little impact on the game and was replaced just after the hour mark.

4. Substitutes

Dele Alli scored a confident dinked penalty to put his side 3-2 in front.
Dele Alli scored a confident dinked penalty to put his side 3-2 in front. / Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Moussa Sissoko (CM) - 5/10 - Failed to close down Karamoko and might have helped prevent the third goal.

Steven Bergwijn (LW) - 7/10 -
Did well to win his side a penalty after a tangle of legs inside the box.

Eric Dier (CB) - 6/10 -
Showed his experience when he came on and organised those around him in the centre of a back three. Even three at the back couldn't keep LASK out though.

Dele Alli (CM) - 7/10 - Was all smiles as he calmly converted his penalty after coming on and fired his side ahead once more.

Serge Aurier (RB) - 6/10 -
Got forward and played a great ball into Alli who was unable to get it under his spell.


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