Tottenham hit back from a goal down to win 2-1 away at AEL Limassol in the first leg of their Europa League playoff.
Cypriot outfit AEL looked set to inflict a shock defeat on Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as Adrian Sardinero fired them into an early lead, but Erik Lamela’s game-changing introduction altered the course of the tie.
It proved an inspired move as within six minutes of Lamela’s introduction not only had he provided the assist for Roberto Soldado’s exquisite first-time leveller, but he went on to set-up Harry Kane to secure an unlikely 2-1 win.
Elsewhere, goalkeeper Allan McGregor gifted Lokeren the goal which saw them defeat Hull 1-0 in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off tie in Belgium.
Hans Vanaken was the lucky recipient of McGregor’s blunder as he was in the right place at the right time as the former Rangers stopper passed the ball straight to him, allowing the 32-year-old to round him and roll the ball into the net.
Defender James Chester came agonisingly close to making it 1-1 in the 89th minute but he missed the target with a free header from Sone Aluko’s cross.
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