Europa League - Group J
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Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Monaco

Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela has now scored seven goals this season

Erik Lamela scored a first-half hat-trick to ensure Tottenham topped Europa League Group J in style with a convincing victory over Monaco.

The Argentine playmaker, 23, expertly placed all three of his goals beyond visiting keeper Danijel Subasic, who had a night to forget.

Monaco's consolation came when Stephan El Shaarawy curled in from 25 yards.

But Tom Carroll's neat, close-range finish rounded off another superb display by Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Erik Lamela's hat-trick was the first of his senior career
Erik Lamela's hat-trick was the first of his senior career

In-form Spurs dominant

Monaco were never in the contest against a Tottenham team that started without the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

Despite the changes, Tottenham had enough firepower to extend their run of form to nine games unbeaten, with just two defeats in their last 21 matches.

Lamela was the architect with three low shots which were too good for Subasic, but the Croatia international will feel he was beaten far too easily at his near post.

Perhaps the best goal of the night was the cool finish applied by Carroll after his quick feet had left Elderson wrong-footed.

The manner of the strike was reminiscent of the type of goals regularly scored by Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi.

Joshua Onomah impressed for Tottenham on his first senior start
Joshua Onomah impressed for Tottenham on his first senior start

Plenty to smile about

With qualification already secured, Pochettino took the opportunity to test the depth of his squad - and his understudies passed with aplomb against a Monaco side who knocked out Arsenal on their way to reaching the quarter-finals of last season's Champions League.

Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli continued their recoveries from injury with tidy substitute performances, while 18-year-old Joshua Onomah impressed in his first senior start.

The midfielder combined some probing passing with clever runs and he might have scored, but he opted for precision rather than power from six yards out.

South Korean forward Son Heung-Min was always a threat too on a night when Monaco, save for a 20-minute period in the second half, were outplayed.

What next?

By finishing top of their group, Tottenham avoid having to play the best teams which will drop down from the Champions League in the next round.

They are next in action on Sunday when they host Newcastle in the Premier League (16:00 GMT).

Tottenham's potential opponents in the next round
FenerbahceFC Midtjylland
Borussia DortmundMarseille
VillarrealSporting
St EtienneSparta Prague
FiorentinaSevilla
AugsburgGalatasaray
ValenciaSion
Shakhtar DonetskDraw to be made on Monday, 14 December at 12 noon GMT

What they said

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I'm very happy, job done and first in the group. I'm proud of them and we showed we have a very strong squad.

"It's fantastic for Lamela and a great moment for him. From the start of the season he's showing improvement and consistency.

"Joshua Onomah deserved it for how he trains and develops his game. He's a great talent from the academy."

Key stats

  • Erik Lamela scored the first hat-trick for an English club versus Monaco since Tony Yeboah for Leeds in September 1995.
  • Lamela has netted five goals in five Europa League games this season.
  • Tom Carroll's goal was his first for the club since making his debut against Hearts in 2011.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Trippier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 27Wimmer
  • 33Davies
  • 15DierSubstituted forBentalebat 42'minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 28Carroll
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forChadliat 62'minutes
  • 14N'JieSubstituted forAlliat 79'minutes
  • 25Onomah
  • 7Son Heung-min

Substitutes

  • 6Bentaleb
  • 10Kane
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 20Alli
  • 22Chadli
  • 38Carter-Vickers

Monaco

  • 1Subasic
  • 13Fortuna dos SantosBooked at 36mins
  • 28ToulalanBooked at 74mins
  • 21Echiéjilé
  • 10Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forDiarraat 65'minutes
  • 20Pasalic
  • 14Bakayoko
  • 7DirarBooked at 74mins
  • 8João MoutinhoSubstituted forLemarat 45'minutes
  • 19TraoréSubstituted forMbappe-Lottinat 56'minutes
  • 22El Shaarawy

Substitutes

  • 6Carvalho
  • 16Nardi
  • 27Lemar
  • 39Mbappe-Lottin
  • 42Diarra
  • 44Mexique
  • 47N'Doram
Referee:
Ivan Bebek
Attendance:
34,122

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamMonaco
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Monaco 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Monaco 1.

Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nabil Dirar (Monaco).

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Raphael Diarra (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Monaco. Jérémy Toulalan tries a through ball, but Stephan El Shaarawy is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Attempt blocked. Nabil Dirar (Monaco) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Lemar.

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Elderson Echiéjilé (Monaco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Clinton N'Jie.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Monaco 1. Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Clinton N'Jie (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Elderson Echiéjilé (Monaco) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Lemar with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

Booking

Nabil Dirar (Monaco) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Clinton N'Jie (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco).

Attempt saved. Raphael Diarra (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tiemoué Bakayoko.

Attempt blocked. Wallace (Monaco) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Lemar with a cross.

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Tom Carroll.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Danijel Subasic.

Attempt saved. Clinton N'Jie (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Foul by Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur).

Jérémy Toulalan (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mario Pasalic.

Substitution

Substitution, Monaco. Raphael Diarra replaces Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Nabil Dirar (Monaco) header from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Thomas Lemar with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Monaco. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

Attempt blocked. Kylian Mbappe-Lottin (Monaco) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Erik Lamela.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Monaco 1. Stephan El Shaarawy (Monaco) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kylian Mbappe-Lottin.

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

Stephan El Shaarawy (Monaco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Elderson Echiéjilé.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 10th December 2015

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde6321107311
2Fenerbahçe62317619
3Ajax61416607
4Celtic6033812-43

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool624064210
2FC Sion62315509
3Rubin Kazan61326606
4Bordeaux604257-24

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar641194513
2B Dortmund6312105510
3PAOK Salonika61413307
4FK Qabala6024212-102

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli66002231918
2FC Midtjylland6213612-67
3Club Brugge6123411-75
4Legia Warsaw6114410-64

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna6501106415
2Villarreal6411126613
3Viktoria Plzen6114810-24
4Dinamo Minsk6105311-83

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga641174313
2Marseille6402127512
3Slovan Liberec621368-27
4FC Groningen602428-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6420136714
2Saint-Étienne623110739
3Dnipropetrovsk621368-27
4Rosenborg6024412-82

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow6321127511
2Sporting63121411310
3Besiktas62317619
4Skenderbeu6105413-93

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411105513
2Fiorentina6312116510
3Lech Poznan612326-45
4Belenenses612328-65

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham6411126613
2Anderlecht631286210
3Monaco613259-46
4FK Qarabag611448-44

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke64201531214
2Sparta Prague6330105512
3Asteras Tripolis6114412-84
4Apoel Nicosia6105312-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao6411168813
2Augsburg6303121119
3Partizan Belgrade63031014-49
4AZ Alkmaar6114813-54
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