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Tottenham Hotspur - LASK
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FULL-TIME: Spurs 3-0 LASK
Full-time here at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and a comfortable win for the home side in the end. LASK rarely troubled but Spurs will be delighted with that performance given how many changes they made to their starting line-up.
Big chance for Clarke to make it a dream debut as he latches onto another great cross from Doherty, but he is unable to guide his shot on target.
- OffCarlos ViníciusTottenham Hotspur
- OnJack ClarkeTottenham Hotspur
Former Leeds United man Jack Clarke, replaces the debutant Vinicius to make his Spurs debut himself.
- GoalHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!! Spurs slice open the LASK defence again this evening with an impressive team goal. It is another assist for Vinicius too, with Doherty's brilliant cross being headed down by him into the path of the onrushing Son, who finishes past Schlager with ease. They have been a noticeably better side since Son has entered the pitch and that goal rounds off their performance nicely.
LASK make their final change and it's an attacking one as Thomas Goiginger comes on for Husein Balic.
Fourth switch for Spurs as Giovanni Lo Celso enters the fold in place of Moura, who's probably been the most influential Spurs player tonight in the attacking third and has a goal too to show for his efforts.
Schlager clears it off the line!! Vinicius provides an opening for Alli in behind the LASK defence. Schlager gets his hands to the subsequent shot but is not able to stop it fully and it trickles towards the goal line. The LASK 'keeper sprints back and produces a sliding clearances to get it away.
Moura speeds down the right and cuts inside before firing a pass into Alli in the box, who struggled to get it fully under control and lays it off for Son. The Korean makes space for a shot and has a good effort narrowly deflected over the bar!
LASK threaten from a corner again! Michorl directs it towards the near post and Filipovic rises to head it awkwardly but his effort goes slightly over the bar.
- OffErik LamelaTottenham Hotspur
- OnDele AlliTottenham Hotspur
Oh wait, it's a triple not double substitution! We have the new subsitution rule to blame for this...but it's Dele Alli on for Lamela in attacking midfield.
Alli's minutes have been very limited this season and he had to deal with plenty of transfer speculation before the window closed. Good performances in this competition could help work himself back into the Spurs side as a starter and for Premier League games.
Meanwhile, that Lamela performance is one that perhaps typifies his time in North London. Threatened to do a lot but in actual fact did very little. Got into good positions and made a couple of nice passes, but lacked substance to his performance really.
- OffPierre-Emile HøjbjergTottenham Hotspur
- OnMoussa SissokoTottenham Hotspur
The second change sees Moussa Sissoko come on for Hojbjerg. The Dane has had a fantastic game despite a clash of heads that forced him to have his head bandaged up. He has shown good strength and defensive ability while also passing well and creating space for his teammates. A lot to suggest he could be a key player for Spurs this season.
- OffGareth BaleTottenham Hotspur
- OnHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
Double substitution for Spurs. The first sees Bale depart the pitch in place of Son. Been a good first start from the Welshman. He's still showing signs of rust, thus his typical powerful runs down the wing are notably absent, but he's influencing the game in other ways by making intelligent runs and key passes such as the one that led to the second goal.
Doherty threads through a good pass to Lamela in the box. However, his first touch is poor and the chance goes to waste.
Spurs forced to clear yet another corner from Michorl. You really get the impression that any LASK goal will come as a result of one of his free-kicks or corners.
Michorl fires a corner towards the back post, but the shot of substitute Grgic is deflected into Hart's hands.
Doherty and Bale yet again link-up well on the right flank, managing to win a corner. Lamela takes that resulting corner but it's headed over by Sanchez.
Wow! Marvellous opportunity for Spurs already, as Lamela gets on the end of a Vinicius pass in the box and attempts to bend a shot inside the left post, but it rolls marginally wide.
- OffAndreas GruberLASK
- OnJohannes EggesteinLASK
- OffAndres AndradeLASK
- OnMarvin PotzmannLASK
LASK make their third and fourth changes of the evening at half-time, with German loanee Johannes Eggestein replacing Gruber on the wing and Marvin Potzmann replacing the own-goal scorer Andrade at left wing-back.
- 2nd Half
Back underway with the second half now!
HALF-TIME: Spurs lead 2-0 at the break. It has been very comfortable for them so far, although LASK did seem to grow into the game and create more problems for Spurs late on in the half. The Austrian outfit have seemed quite dependent on set plays and crosses to create opportunities but Davies has been commanding at centre-back and done well to keep them out. Even though Spurs have dominated, they could maybe impose themselves on the game a bit more and try not to get overrun in midfield. After throwing away a three-goal lead against West Ham, Spurs will have to be wary in the second half.
Two good chances for LASK and Spurs are in danger for the first time this game! Balic and Gruber both come close for the visitors but the first effort is blocked strongly, while Hart produces a brilliant diving save to deny the Austrians for a second time.
Bale gives Vinicius a pass over the top to chase, but Schlager wins the race to the ball and boots it away before the Brazilian can get to it.
Such a Sunday League nickname! Wonder what the Spurs players have nicknamed their other foreign imports.
- OffRene RennerLASK
- OnPetar FilipovicLASK
LASK make their second switch already, as Renner is brought off for Filipovic. Renner had that clash of heads with Hojbjerg earlier and was perhaps still feeling it.
Filipovic will slot in at centre-back, while Andrade will move out to left wing-back in place of Renner.
Good link-up play down the left by LASK, but Gruber's cross is wild and flies over the goal and out of play.
In an otherwise good performance so far from Spurs, Winks has definitely been the weak link. Brings down Gruber for his third foul of the half and he is lucky to not have a yellow.
Michorl's corner headed away well by Davies, but Reguilon fouls Ranftl in the subsequent play, gifting LASK a free-kick. Doherty heads the cross away only as far as Trauner, bus his strike goes miles over the bar and it's a wasted opportunity for them.
Very graceful move from a player currently looking like Denmark's answer to Terry Butcher!
Glad more attention is being drawn to Spurs' dodgy shirt numbering! The back-up striker Vinicius donning the number 45, winger Bale wearing number 9 and defender Davies wearing the number 33. Multiple crimes being committed here.
CLOSE ONE!! Spurs almost score right after the restart as an effort from Vinicius nearly finds it's way in, but LASK 'keeper Schlager does just about enough to keep it out.
- Own-goalAndres AndradeLASK
GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! All too easy. Spurs make it 2. A marauding run from Reguilon helps him beat multiple defenders and cut inside from the left before a simple pass to Lamela. The Argentine moved it onto Bale inside the box, whose attempted low cross towards the unmarked Vinicius is deflected into the back of the net for an own-goal by Andres Andrade.
Bale sends in a lovely cross from the right flank towards Davinson Sanchez, but the centre back struggles to make contact with it and it's cleared by Gernot Trauner.
Free-kick for LASK on the right hand side of the pitch taken by Peter Michorl, but he doesn't put enough on it and his cross curls easily into the arms of Spurs 'keeper Joe Hart.
- GoalLucas MouraTottenham Hotspur
GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL!! Brilliantly worked opener from the home side. Davies plays a beautiful lofted ball to Vinicius on the left, who's found space beyond the defence on the edge of the box. He plays it across to Lucas Moura, who finishes with fantastic composure to make it 1-0.
LASK's right wing-back Reinhold Ranftl drills a low cross into the box, but it's comfortably dealt with by Ben Davies at the heart of the Spurs defence.
Lovely overlapping run by Doherty, who receives a pass from Bale in plenty of space. His cross finds Vinicius and the Brazilian powerfully heads it wide. Spurs have dominated possession but that's their first real chance of the game.
Doherty plays it down the line to Bale, who attempts to cut on in his left foot into the box and the ball is out for corner.
The ball is cut back to Reguilon just outside the box, who has a shot deflected for a corner.
KICK-OFF: LASK get us underway in their black away kit!
Not sure 1990s British electronic music ever made it big in Austria, but you're welcome to correct me!
The last time Spurs played an Austrian opponent was September 1991 when they beat SV Stockerau 1-0 at home to complete a 2-0 aggregate win in the European Cup Winners Cup.
The only other Austrian side they have played against competitively was Austria Wien, who they beat 4-2 on aggregate in the UEFA Cup in March 1984.
LASK's route into the Europa League
Spurs' opponents came 4th in the Austrian Bundesliga last season - a league that splits into two late on in the competition. That meant they entered the Europa League in the 3rd Qualifying round, in which they thrashed Slovakian side DAC Dunajská Streda 7-0. They confirmed their qualification for the group stage with a 4-1 playoff round victory over Portugal's Sporting Lisbon - one of their group stage counterparts from last year.
The Other Bundesliga podcast - an Anglophone podcast that talks about Austrian football, did an episode a couple of days ago talking about LASK's route into Europe and how they expect the team to fare in the Europa League this season.
LASK performed admirably in the Europa League last season, topping a group that featured Sporting Lisbon, PSV and Rosenborg before dispatching of AZ Alkmaar in the round of 32 and bowing out in the next round 7-1 on aggregate to the eventual semi-finalists, Manchester United. It was only their second year back in European competition after an 18-year hiatus.
Spurs, on the other hand, scraped through a Champions League group containing Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade before losing comprehensively to RB Leipzig in the round of 16. This year represents the first time they have competed in the Europa League since the 2016/17 season when they lost in the round of 32 to Gent after coming 3rd in their Champions League group.
A whopping six summer signings start for Spurs tonight in total, so very much a new look team for them! I'm sure they will all be keen to make an early impression tonight.
LASK TEAM NEWS
It looks like a 4-3-3 for the visitors and what seems a practically full-strength side for them.
SPURS TEAM NEWS
Gareth Bale makes his first Spurs start since rejoining the club, fellow loan signing Carlos Vinicius makes his debut and Ben Davies will captain the side while seemingly playing in a relatively unfamiliar centre back role. It looks to be a 4-2-3-1 for the home side.
Good evening and welcome to our live text coverage of Tottenham Hotspur vs LASK Linz at their eponymous stadium in North London.
It will be both teams' first match of this season's Europa League group stage, while Gareth Bale could be set to make his first start since rejoining Spurs!
We will be bringing you all the build-up, highlights and talking points from the match tonight, so stay tuned ahead of kick-off at 20:00.