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Tottenham 4-0 Wolfsberger (8-1 agg): Dele Alli brilliant overhead kick with Gareth Bale on target and Carlos Vinicius netting a double as Spurs get confidence boost by reaching Europa League last-16

Tottenham advance to the round of 16 of the Europa League with a dominant performance against Wolfsberger, securing a 4-0 win this evening and 8-1 overall in the tie.

Dele Alli began the rout with a brilliant overhead kick he was not finished there, though, setting up the first of Carlos Vinicius’s brace and another for substitute Gareth Bale as Spurs routed Austrians Wolfsberger again.

Alli at least made it memorable with a reminder of what he is capable of in a match-defining display brimming with invention, end product and, at times, audacity.

His first goal summed it up, a stunning overhead kick as Alli added another goal to his collection of spectacular Spurs strikes.

While caution is required given the quality of opposition, this was a significant step forward for Alli, who looked much more like his old self, roaming freely and thriving.

It is because the old Alli had disappeared that he has found himself out of the picture at Spurs under Mourinho for much of the season.

With no move away materialising in January, the closure of the winter transfer window and clear-the-air talks with Mourinho marked a fresh start for Alli.

This performance was certainly one to build on in his bid to revive his Spurs career.

Mourinho said: ‘The goal was beautiful. For me, the totality of the performance is what mattered. In every aspect, he played very well.

‘Of course, he is not fresh, you can feel that his performance like in the first leg from minute 55, 60 is going always to go down which is normal due to the circumstances, injured, not training for a long time, come in for a couple of weeks but at this moment where we are going to play every three days and 10 matches in March, to have Dele back at this level is amazing.

‘We had a difficult period, he had an injury and at the same time talk, talk, talk about staying or leaving. The market closed, the injury went and he started working with motivation.’

Alli’s teammate Eric Dier said: ‘Step by step he is getting back to his best. In football everyone has a short memory, maybe they have forgotten his quality. Maybe tonight has reminded people of that.’

Vinicius notched his second to put the icing on the cake after good work from substitute Dane Scarlett.

Tottenham returns to Premier League action at the weekend, hosting Burnley on Sunday. Wolfsberger faces Rheindorf Altach in their next Austrian Bundesliga contest at home on the same day.

With a 4-1 lead from the first leg and crucial league games – for under-pressure Mourinho as much as his players – against Burnley, Fulham, Crystal Palace and Arsenal coming up, the Spurs team, featuring nine changes, underlined the sense that they had more important matters ahead.

 

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