Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 0 Apoel Nicosia – Llorente on target as Spurs end group stage with routine win. Fernando Llorente scored his first goal since joining from Swansea City as Tottenham eased past Cypriot champions APOEL. Fernando Llorente scored his first goal for Tottenham as they ended their Champions League Group H campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over APOEL at Wembley.
Fernando Llorente scored and assisted in a Champions League game for the first time in his career, Fernando Llorente scored his first Tottenham goal in his 17th appearance for the club as Mauricio Pochettino’s side rounded off their Champions League Group H campaign with a routine victory against Apoel.
Spurs had already secured first place in the group before Wednesday’s game and Pochettino opted to give some of his fringe players a start.
Llorente, a summer signing from Swansea, was one of those to come in and he opened his Tottenham account midway through the first half, turning smartly inside the box before hooking the ball into the net.
It was a deserved goal for Spurs after a dominant start to the match, with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou having had an early effort cleared off the line. Son Heung-min added a second before the break, curling in from the edge of the box after playing a one-two with Llorente.
Cypriots Apoel, who needed to avoid defeat to have a chance of claiming a Europa League spot ahead of Borussia Dortmund, offered very little throughout. Praxitelis Vouros had the visitors’ best chance early in the second half when his deflected strike flew just wide of the far post.
Instead, Spurs added a third late on through N’Koudou’s deflected finish.
Tottenham, who finished with the highest points tally in this season’s Champions League group stage with 16, can now look forward to Monday’s last 16 draw, which takes place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 11:00 GMT.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 0 Apoel Nicosia | UEFA Champions League – Match Highlights
- 20′ 1 – 0 Fernando Llorente notches his first Tottenham goal! The Spaniard gets off the mark for Spurs as he latches on to Aurier’s low cross into the box from the right flank. He takes a touch to get the ball out of his feet before turning and firing home on his left foot from close range. A fine finish from Llorente and it’s clear to see the relief on his face.
37′ 2 – 0 Son Heung-Min doubles spur’s lead! Tottenham take command of the game asSon curls in from the edge of the box. The midfielder linked up with Llorente with a neat one-two before striking the ball with his left foot. His effort had enough bend to sail past Perez into the bottom corner.
80′ 3 – 0 Georges-Kevin N’Koudou finds the net! 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 beatPerez.