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Europa Wrap: Tottenham Seal Progress But Mourinho Unimpressed

Europa Wrap: Tottenham Seal Progress But Mourinho Unimpressed Photo: TT
Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the Europa League Group J soccer match between Linzer ASK and Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was far from impressed with his side’s performance despite sealing their Europa League knockout spot with a 3-3 draw away to LASK Linz on Thursday.

Tottenham got the result they needed to secure their passage through their Europa League Group J, but it wasn’t easy, falling behind early, before taking the lead late from a Dele Alli penalty, only to concede again in stoppage time.

Mourinho opted to rotate his squad for the fixture, with Joe Hart stepping in for Hugo Lloris in goal, while Harry Kane wasn’t part of the squad in Austria.

Gareth Bale and Son Heung-Min were among the goals, along with Alli who was deployed off the bench, as he continues to struggle for game-time under Mourinho this season.

“The result was better than the performance, the second half better than the first, some players individually had very good performances, but some had very poor performances,” Mourinho said.

“The only positive I take from the game is the result, that we have qualified, and we have the chance to finish first if we beat Antwerp.”

Elsewhere in the Europa League on Thursday, Arsenal maintained their perfect record in front of some of their fans for the first time in a long time, winning 4-1 over Rapid Vienna.

Norwegian outfit Molde moved within a whisker of qualification behind the Gunners after a 3-1 home win over Irish club Dundalk.

Leicester City went down 1-0 away to Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk, leaving the door open for Sporting Braga to win the group, after triumphing 4-2 at AEK Athens.

Celtic’s horror European campaign continued, letting slip an early 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 away to AC Milan, leaving the Hoops with one point from five games.

Rivals Rangers remain top of their group after a 3-2 home win over Standard Liege, ahead of Benfica on head-to-head despite their 4-0 win over Lech Poznan.

Ben somerford
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