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Tottenham 3-0 APOEL: Llorente & Son score in Spurs win

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 06/12/2017

Tottenham defeats Apeol Nicosia 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League encounter on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs end their Group H campaign at the top of the table following their comfortable win this evening. It's an outstanding achievement for Mauricio Pochettino's men, who eased past the Cypriot side thanks to goals from Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-min, and Georges Nkodou.

The North London side end this stage of the competition and have a momentum to take forward into the knock-out stage of the tournament.

 

First Half 

Son goes on the charge through the visitors' defence and he fires a low strike towards the bottom corner, only to be denied by a fingertip save from Perez in the early minutes of the game.

Winks swings a fine delivery into the box and Llorente rises to head at goal. His effort is saved by Perez, but the rebound falls to the feet of Sanchez. The defender tries to bundle the ball over the line, only to be denied. However, Nkoudou takes over and lifts the ball high to a goal kick.

Aurier sends a low ball towards the near post and Perez has to act before Llorente can latch on to the cross, turning the ball behind for a corner on the 18 minutes.

Rose take the corner from Spurs as Champions League debut for the young defender Foyth as rose up to head the cross narrowly over the bar.

Winks finds the Ivorian Aurier low cross into the box from the right flank as it slightly behind Llorente with Spanish striker turns and drags the ball back beautifully, flummoxing his marker, and the finish is then simple to make 1-0 for the home side on the 20 minutes.

The goalscorer Llorente provides a cross this time, chipping into the jumping Sissoko, whose header is straight at Apoel Keeper Perez.

No meaningful attack from the Cyprus side after hour mark was gone. They've enjoyed a spell of possession in the Spurs' half, but have not made Vorm work between the sticks.
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Aloneftis gets the better of Aurier down the left and he sends a cross into the box, but no Apoel player attacks the ball and it allows Sanchez to clear the danger.

Tottenham takes command of the game as Son curls in from the edge of the box with South Korea linked up with Llorente with a neat one-two before striking the ball with his left foot to make 2-0 inside 37 minutes.

First chance Apoel have to pull one back as Pote spurns an opening in front of goal with Aloneftis gets down the left wing and lifts a good cross to the back post, but the striker fails to connect with his header at goal.

Son latches on to Llorente's knockback and goes for the strike from distance. He almost catches out Perez, but the APOEL keeper manages to turn the ball past the post.

Second Half 

Nkoudou raids down the left and fires at goal, but Vouros makes an important block to divert the ball just wide of the post.

Rose lifts a dangerous cross into the box and it falls kindly in the path of Llorente, but he loses his footing at the vital moment and his opening is spurned. Aurier collects on the right and drives at goal, although Perez makes a comfortable save.

Spurs winger Nkoudou raids into space to latch on to Alli's pass in the left inside channel, but his low drive is saved well by Perez. Aurier goes into the book for a boot on Aloneftis and is fortunate the card is not a red one in the 64 minutes.

Tottenham notch their third goal of the game. Nkoudou breaks down the left and into the inside channel with a neat piece of skill. He drills the ball at goal on his right foot and his effort takes a deflection off Morais to beat Perez with 10 minutes to go.

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