Tottenham 4-1 Monaco: Erik Lamela hat-trick ensures Spurs top Europa League group


Tottenham finished top of Europa League Group J after Erik Lamela’s first-half hat-trick secured a 4-1 win over Monaco.

Needing just to avoid defeat to guarantee top spot, Spurs made the perfect start as Lamela scored inside the opening two minutes at White Hart Lane.

The Argentine made it 2-0 after quarter of an hour as his shot squirmed under Danijel Subasic and completed his hat-trick in the 37th minute.

Monaco, who exit the competition with defeat, pulled a goal back in the second half through Stephan El Shaarawy but Tom Carroll capped off a fine night for Spurs by scoring their fourth with 13 minutes remaining.

They will now look ahead to the draw for the last 32 next Monday, when they will be one of the 16 seeded sides.

While they could still face Gary Neville’s Valencia, Sevilla or Borussia Dortmund, Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased with his side’s smooth progress on a night when he made several changes to the starting line-up.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli dropped to the bench, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen did not make the squad while 18-year-old Joshua Onomah was handed his first Spurs start.

It took the hosts just under two minutes to take the lead in drizzling rain as Ben Davies crossed into the middle for Lamela to sweep into the net.

Son Heung-min then shot over the bar from around 25 yards as the visitors, who needed a win to have any chance of making the last 32, struggled to get into the game.

They fell further behind in the 15th minute as Lamela’s shot from the edge of the area squirmed under Subasic.

Son had the ball in the net again shortly afterwards but this time the offside flag spared Monaco.

However, Spurs continued to threaten as Carroll shot just wide and the lively Onomah saw an effort saved from a tight angle.