Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Fiorentina

26 Feb

Tottenham eased past Fiorentina 3-0 at White Hart Lane to take their place in the Europa League last-16.


Match Reports: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 FiorentinaMatch Reports: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Fiorentina

After FA Cup disappointment against Crystal Palace and the loss of Harry Kane to injury, there was relief for Mauricio Pochettino in a controlled performance against a lacklustre Fiorentina outfit.

Goals from Ryan Mason in the first half and Erik Lamela after the break ensured it was a mostly relaxed night for the home supporters as they gained revenge on the Serie A side for defeat at the same stage of the competition a year ago.

Fiorentina skipper Gonzalo Rodriguez turned a low cross from Kieran Trippier into his own net nine minutes from the end to put the gloss on win.

The home side hit the front on 12 minutes when Eric Dier rose tallest to meet a corner and his flick-on just evaded Dele Alli at the back post.

They did take the lead on 25 minutes. Ben Davies threaded a pass towards Alli and his clever pass sent Mason racing in behind the Fiorentina defence. He kept his composure to slide the ball across goal into the corner of Ciprian Tatarusanu’s net.

Fiorentina rarely looked like getting on terms and it could have been two shortly after the break when Nacer Chadli ran in behind and found the net only to be denied by the offside flag.

Chadli did however play his part when Spurs got the crucial second goal to put daylight between themselves and Fiorentina.

His shot from the edge of the box was beaten away by Tatarusanu, but Lamela swivelled from 12 yards and fired the ball into the corner of the net.

Sub Mauro Zarate twisted and turned inside the box with 17 minutes left but his low shot was cleared away to safety by Davies as La Viola were thwarted.

With nine minutes remaining, Trippier galloped forward on the right and his low centre was turned in off the underside of his crossbar by the unfortunate Rodriguez.

Mason almost capped his night with a stunning 20-yard volley late on, but Tatarusanu turned it over the crossbar.

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