Shkendija 1-3 Tottenham: Spurs' Europa League journey continues with win in Macedonia

Shkendija 1-3 Tottenham: Spurs' Europa League journey continues with win in Macedonia

Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League journey continued on Thursday night, after beating Macedonian side Shkendija 3-1 in the third qualifying round. 

Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son scored on either side of a Valmir Nafiu wonder-goal, before Harry Kane's late third all but ensured their journey to the group stage of Europe's second-tier competition continued.

Spurs got off the blocks immediately after kick-off and found the opener with just five minutes on the clock. 

The match was devoid of clear chances in the first half, with the only clear-cut opportunity falling to Spurs as  Dele Alli forced Kostadin Zahov into a great save on the 27th minute, after finding some space inside the box to unleash a quick low drive.

The English side dominated the second half for long spells and could have added a second two minutes after the restart as Lamela jinked his way past multiple challenges and fired a low shot from the edge of the box to the middle of the goal, but Zahov was equal to it.

Spurs were surprisingly pegged back by a wonderful goal in the 55th minute as the hosts drew level. 

Nafiu received a pass, made some space for himself, and unleashed a long-range thunderbolt past the goalkeeper and into the top right corner, changing the scores to 1-1. 

The goal seemed to rattle Jose Mourinho's men, and for a while wobbled as advantage swung back to the hosts. 

It was not for long though as Son found himself in the right place at the right time on the 70th minute to get to the rebound inside the box and gleefully rifled the ball into the top of the net.

Spurs then grabbed a third with 10 minutes to go, this time Son turning provider with Kane the executioner, dispatching the cross into the left side of the goal from close in with his head for a 3-1 lead. 

There was little action going into the last minutes, as they booked a date with Maccabi Haifa next Thursday, with the prize for the winners being a group stage place.

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