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Spurs cruised into the group stage with convincing win over Limassol.Getty Images/BEN STANSALL

Tottenham Hotspur's 100% start to the season continued as they eased into the Europa League group stage after completing a two-legged play-off victory over Cypriot side AEL Limassol at White Hart Lane.

Harry Kane bounced back from his early missed penalty to score his second goal in as many European games before Paulinho slotted home just after the break as Limassol began to fade.

Andros Townsend rounded off the win from the penalty spot to cap a victory which sees Spurs join Premier League rivals Everton in Friday's group stage draw and further highlighted the depth available to manager Mauricio Pochettino, who made nine changes from the weekend win over Queens Park Rangers.

Possessing a 2-1 lead from the first leg, Spurs made five alterations from a week ago which included a European return for captain Younes Kaboul, as Pochettino's rotation policy at the start of the new campaign continued.

Having begun the season with three straight wins, the latest coming in the thrashing of QPR, Pochettino would have been forgiven for demanding a similarly impressive showing albeit against a unchanged Limassol side who had provided stern resistance seven days previous.

And the Argentine boss was almost given his wish as with only six minutes gone Paulinho slipped Kyle Naughton through on the right before the full back was felled in the area by goalkeeper Karim Fegrouch.

A penalty was awarded but the condition of Kegrouch was of greater concern as the Moroccan, who suffered a head injury during the challenge, received over seven minutes of treatment before being stretchered from the field.

Substitute 'keeper Pulpo Romero's first action was to face a Kane spot-kick, which following a lengthy delay was saved as the Tottenham forward floundered under the pressure.

Kane was again denied by Romero from range before he shot over on the turn following Aaron Lennon's backheel; rare opportunities amid a first half lacking a creative spark.

Limassol offered very little in search of a way back into the tie bar a boisterous visiting support who were creating much of the atmosphere in north London.

But on the stroke of half-time Kane made it fourth time lucky as after Paulinho intercepted Mario Nikolaou's backwards pass, the Brazilian threaded it through to the youngster who netted his second of the season.

It took barely four minutes after the break for Tottenham to put the tie to bed as Vlad Chiriches' tackle on Diallo Guidileye of the edge of the Limassol box deflected the way of Paulinho who turned outside before slamming home.

After Lennon and Kane had spurned opportunities put the cherry on a rounded display, Townsend stroked home from the spot after Edmar's handball but the north Londoners were unable to pile the misery on Limassol, leaving plenty in reserve ahead of the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.