Erik Lamela hat-trick puts Tottenham in cruise control against Monaco

This may well be one of the more feeble challenges Tottenham will face this season but, for Mauricio Pochettino’s young side, the future continues to shine bright. Spurs selected an untried and inexperienced line-up for this European night but, thanks to a hat-trick from Erik Lamela and a unified display, they advance to the knockout stages as group winners.

There was no Harry Kane, rested for Newcastle here on Sunday, but Spurs did not need him. Lamela scored three goals in the first half – extending his fine record in this competition – and Tom Carroll’s dogged trickery added a fourth late on. Stephan El Shaarawy scored an excellent consolation for Monaco but it will provide Leandro Jardim with little solace on the return journey, his side limply exiting the competition.

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