Dembele stunner has Tottenham on the brink

Tottenham marched to the top of Europa League Group J after substitute Mousa Dembele's brilliant late winner gave them a 2-1 win over Anderlecht at White Hart Lane.

  • Tottenham 2 Anderlecht 1
  • Dembele scores stunning late winner
  • Kane on target again
  • Anderlecht unlucky
  • Spurs top group

Match Summary

Harry Kane continued his excellent recent run of form by giving Spurs a 29th-minute lead, but a second half goal from Imoh Ezekiel cancelled it out and had the Belgian side on course for what would have been a deserved point.

Mauricio Pochettino's men produced a dogged reaction, though, and now look to be in a very strong position to qualify for the next stage of the competition after Dembele scored a late winner to give the hosts a fortuitous 2-1 win.

Full Report

Spurs began the game on the front foot although it was the visitors who posed the greatest threat on the counter attack.

Stefano Okaka, who got on the scoresheet when Anderlecht won the reverse fixture, was a constant threat on the break and twice failed to get a shot away when in a good position.

However, Tottenham slowly began to wrestle control and it was largely down to the growing influence of Kane.

The England man was gradually starting to find space and time around the Anderlecht box, and he provided the breakthrough just before the half hour when he rifled a right-foot strike into the bottom corner following a neat Christian Eriksen pass.

But Spurs failed to press home the advantage and in fact seemed to become nervier as the game progressed.

After the break, the Belgian side went searching for an equaliser, with Olivier Deschacht and Steven Defour firing early long-range efforts on goal. Youri Tielemans was next to try his luck but saw his attempt go harmlessly wide.

They were back level on 71 minutes, though, when substitute Ezekiel, who had only been on the pitch for three minutes, ghosted in behind a static Spurs defence to poke home Defour's clever pass.

At that time it was just what Anderlecht deserved, but it sparked Tottenham back into life and they had their own substitute to call upon with heroics on his mind.

With the pressure mounting from the hosts but time ticking away, Dembele took advantage of a clever Son Heung-Min assist to fire a stunning first-time right foot shot crashing into the top corner from outside the box.

Anderlecht could feel unfortunate to lose a game to which they contributed so much, but that won't worry Spurs who now top Group J.

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