Tottenham Advance into Europa Conference League Group Stage

On Thursday 26th August, Spurs beat Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira by three goals to nil in a fantastic victory that saw them advance into the Europa Conference League group stage.

Tottenham Hotspur were 1-0 down on aggregate before the starting whistle was blown. Harry Kane bagged a brace before Pacos’s Vitorino Atunes scored an unfortunate own goal that clinched the victory for Spurs.

Tottenham Hotspur fans will find out at 11am on Friday 27th who they will play next as the draw from the group stage will be live.

A comfortable win with the captain at the helm

It was a very comfortable win for Spurs. Harry Kane was back in the starting lineup and captained the side following a tense few weeks in the news regarding his position at Spurs. The club legend has publicly announced that he will be staying at Tottenham for at least another year and has committed his focus and energy to advancing the success of the club. 

The England captain scored his first goal of the evening after nine minutes of play with a fine finish. The chants ‘Are you watching Man City’ & ‘He’s one of our own’ rang around the stadium and any bad blood between the player and his fans had seemingly disappeared.

Kane started the game with obvious intent. It took all of 18 seconds before new signing Cuti Romero sent a long ball over the top to the striker who had broken the defensive line early but scooped his effort just wide.

His first goal was the culmination of a lovely spell of play that involved Harry Winks and new boy Bryan Gil. The Spanish winger was excellent all night, and assisted Kane with a fantastic cross into the middle.

Kane then bagged the brace 10 minutes before halftime. His original effort on goal was blocked. The ball came to Giovani Lo Celso who attempted to score a rebound, but the ball came back to Kane who slotted home his second of the evening.

Gil: A future star from Spain

Bryan Gil excited the fans in his home debut for Tottenham and you could feel the atmosphere in the stadium rising every time he made a run or gained possession. The summer signing did everything but get a goal. He hit the post in the first half and almost found his debut goal immediately after play resumed in the second half.

Spurs were by far the better team and punished Pacos with wave after wave of sustained attacks. Eventually, the third and final goal of the evening came in the 70th minute after Giovanni Lo Celso pinged a free-kick into the box, nicking a deflection of Antunes before flying into the corner of the goal.

Kane came off for Son Heung-Min to a standing ovation. This is his club for now and he is committed to getting them the goals they need to have a great season under Nuno Espirito Santos.

The Starting Line Up

GK

P Goliini

DEF

M Doherty

C Romero

E Dier

B Davies

MDF

G Lo Celso

H Winks

B Gil

R Sessegnon

ST

H Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Nuno said,

“I see Harry every day since he joined us, every day. He doesn’t have to prove (anything) to anyone, He played good, he scored, he had good movements, he helped the team in possession, out of possession kept his shape, helped recover the ball.”

Spurs v Watford

Spurs are back at home on Sunday when they take on newly-promoted Watford. You can watch that game in style with hospitality packages and Spurs tickets starting from £199.