Full-time: Tottenham 3-0 Fiorentina (4-1 on aggregate)

  • Tottenham join Liverpool and Manchester United in the last 16 of the Europa League following comfortable second-leg victory
  • Ryan Mason opens the scoring at White Hart Lane, with Erik Lamela doubling the hosts' advantage after the break
  • Fiorentina captain Gonzalo Rodriguez puts through his own net late on following a dangerous cross from Kieran Trippier
  • Dele Alli is booked for simulation and will serve a one-match European suspension
Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason opened the scoring for Tottenham and almost doubled his tally with a fine second-half volley AFP

A thoroughly enjoyable evening for Tottenham, who turned in a typically professional performance to book their place in the last 16 of the Europa League and avenge last season's 3-1 aggregate defeat to Fiorentina.

Losing Alli for the next match will come as a disappointing blow after the budding England midfielder's latest all-action performance, but Pochettino has good depth in that position. His side welcome Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday, while a despondent Viola face a tough home clash with Napoli.

That is all from me, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for post-match reaction both from this game and Manchester United's 5-1 victory over FC Midtjylland.



Tottenham 3-0 Fiorentina


Almost a fourth for Tottenham as Davies picks out Eriksen and the Dane drives a low left-footed shot that Tatarusanu does well to stop with one hand. Astori clears the loose ball for a corner.

At the other end, Zarare rather sums up a miserable night for Fiorentina with a dismal shot.


That was a nasty clash between Davies and Vecino, who both appear to have hurt themselves. The Tottenham defender then receives a yellow card for his troubles.


What an impressive effort from Mason, who smashes a clean volley on goal from the edge of the box after being teed up perfectly by the tricky Chadli. Tatarusanu acrobatically tips it over the crossbar.

That is the young midfielder's last contribution as he is replaced by another academy graduate in England U20 international Harry Winks.


A change apiece now, with Sousa opting to replace Badelj with Fernandez. Alli is also withdrawn to thunderous applause as Nabil Bentaleb takes his place.

Five minutes remaining and this one is all over bar the shouting.


And that, as they say, is that.

Trippier rarely needs a second invitation to bomb forward down that right flank and he is picked out by Chadli on this occasion with a pass that takes Alonso completely out of the equation.

The former Burnley favourite then whips in a dangerous cross that Gonzalo awkwardly turns into his own net with Alli lurking close behind.


Goal: Tottenham 3-0 Fiorentina (Gonzalo Rodriguez OG)


Trademark anticipation, timing and speed from noted sweeper-keeper Lloris, who dives at the feet of Kalinic to thwart any possible danger.

Alli then goes to ground after a light shove from Gonzalo and ends up being harshly cautioned for simulation. He will now miss the first leg of the last 16 in the likely event that Tottenham qualify.


It's Pochettino's turn to utilise his bench now as the Argentine withdraws compatriot Lamela and introduces 18-year-old midfielder Joshua Onomah.


Sousa makes his second change, sending on Borussia Dortmund loanee Jakub Blaszczykowski in place of Valero. Fiorentina need to go for broke here with less than 20 minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

Fine skill from the talented Zarate to leave Alderweireld on his backside, but his shot is deflected wide for a corner that is confidently claimed by Lloris.


With their team's lead looking close to unassailable at this point, the Tottenham supporters are in fine voice. Trippier looks to engineer a third goal with a fizzed cross towards Lamela that Gonzalo and Astori combine to clear. That was far from assured defending.


We neglected to mention earlier that Alonso picked up a yellow card for a kick to the thigh of Trippier.


Tottenham double their advantage and put one foot in the last 16 of the Europa League. Eriksen's pass forward finds Chadli, who cuts inside and drills a powerful shot that is parried by Tatarusanu.

Astori prevents Alli from slotting home the rebound, but the ball eventually falls for Lamela and he makes no mistake. Suspicions of offside, but the assistant referee keeps his flag down.


Goal: Tottenham 2-0 Fiorentina (Erik Lamela)


Zarate replaces Ilicic with half an hour left to play.


IBTimes UK sport editor Nick Howson at White Hart Lane:

Fiorentina have begun the second half like they ended the first, playing as if their life in this competition depends on it. Hugo Lloris has not been forced into a great amount of genuine saves but the Spurs back four has been stretched to its fullest. Bernardeschi and Ilicic are posing the main threat but as yet the north Londoners' attack remains un-breached.


Bernardeschi cuts a frustrated figure once again as he cuts in from the right and looks to beat Davies before firing a shot hopelessly high. Kalinic scolds his teammate, whose decision making has certainly left a lot to be desired so far tonight.

Zarate is getting ready to enter the fray for Fiorentina.


Alli continues to look threatening for Tottenham and his latest effort is deflected wide by Gonzalo. The Fiorentina skipper then has to be alert to block Toby Alderweireld's cross.

Sousa's side break quickly, but Valero decides to shoot from a difficult angle and Lloris saves comfortably.


A brief period of pressure from Fiorentina as Bernardeschi looks to pose an attacking threat.

Milan Badelj tries his luck with a shot from distance but it is well blocked.


The second half is off and running. A painful early blow for Alli as he comes off worse from a Vecino tackle.

Chadli has the ball in the back of the net following an incisive through ball from Lamela but the assistant referee's flag was already raised for offside.


IBTimes UK sport editor Nick Howson at White Hart Lane:

That Ryan Mason goal might give Tottenham the lead on the night but it changes little in the contest of the tie. Fiorentina always needed to score tonight but now they must break down the Premier League's meanest defence in order to keep their Europa League hopes alive. Whether that means holes are left in behind remains to be seen. Finely poised.



Tottenham 1-0 Fiorentina


One minute of added time to come at the end of this first half.