Tottenham 7-2 Maccabi Haifa: Spurs into Europa League group stage

Tottenham 7-2 Maccabi Haifa: Harry Kane’s hat-trick sends Jose Mourinho’s men into the Europa League group stage while Giovani Lo Celso, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli also net for the hosts

  • Tottenham booked their place in Friday’s Europa League group stage draw thanks to an emphatic 7-2 victory
  • Harry Kane netted a hat-trick for Jose Mourinho’s side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night
  • Giovani Lo Celso scored a brace while Lucas Moura and Dele Alli also got in on the act in north London
  • Tjaronn Cherry and Nikita Rukavytsya scored for Maccabi Haifa on a difficult evening for the visitors 

One game from the end of their gruelling opening sequence and all the face coverings in London were unable to mask Jose Mourinho’s delight.

When he branded the schedule ‘inhuman’, the Tottenham boss was both aiming his complaints at the authorities and issuing a challenge to his players. The response, he will consider to have been somewhere close to super-human.

Not because they have been faultless every step of the way but from the defeat against Everton to Thursday night’s madcap goal feast against Maccabi Haifa, they have shown desire to fight and scrap in difficult circumstances.

Harry Kane was the man of the moment once again for Tottenham as they thrashed Maccabi Haifa 7-2 on Thursday night

Dele Alli, who has been somewhat frozen out by Jose Mourinho this season, made it 7-2 from the penalty spot in injury-time

Alli puts the icing on the cake for Tottenham during an extremely comfortable night at the office for Jose Mourinho’s side

Kane (pictured scoring his third goal of the night) stole the show for Tottenham once again with a brilliant hat-trick

On Thursday night, they were able to enjoy scoring goals against obliging opponents, with a hat-trick for Harry Kane, two for Giovani Lo Celso, one for Lucas Moura and a goal from the spot for Dele Alli, who came on to play the second half.

Tottenham were, at times, wide open at the back but might have scored more and, ultimately, are alive in two competitions Mourinho will have his eyes on winning, in the last eight of the Carabao Cup and the group stages of the Europa League.

Had it not been for a rather silly last-minute penalty decision against Newcastle they would be two points better off in the Premier League.

As it is, they are unbeaten in six games as they go to Manchester United on Sunday, the attackers are scoring goals, the new signings are settling nicely and Gareth Bale should be ready to go when after the international break.

Kane scores his second goal from the penalty spot, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 5-2 to Tottenham

Kane celebrates with Lucas Moura and Matt Doherty after converting from the penalty spot in north London on Thursday

Nikita Rukavytsya beats Joe Hart from the penalty spot as Maccabi pegged the scoreline back at 4-2 against Tottenham

Mourinho would have signed up for this outcome were it available at the start of the season.

This was their seventh outing in 19 days, including trips to Bulgaria and North Macedonia, where the goals were the wrong size, and penalties against Chelsea.

It would have been eight but for the bye past Leyton Orient who suffered an outbreak of Covid-19.

All in, it has been a stressful opening month to the new campaign and, until Kane scored the sixth, with 16 minutes to go, this was not always quite as smooth as the seven goals make it appear.

Kane opened the scoring inside two minutes, unmarked to tap into an open goal from close range after good approach play on the left by Steven Bergwijn and a low cross, delivered to perfection, by Ben Davies.

They were vibrant in attack and vulnerable at the back and Haifa levelled when former QPR midfielder Tjaronn Chery beat Joe Hart with a screamer from 30 yards.

Giovani Lo Celso’s quickfire brace put Tottenham into a commanding 4-1 lead against the Israeli side in the capital

The Argentine midfielder dinks the ball over the Maccabi goalkeeper to put Tottenham 4-1 up in the Europa League qualifier

Lo Celso slots home into the top corner to put Spurs in total control at 3-1 against a Maccabi side who started off strongly

The Israelis celebrated but they were soon trailing again when Lucas scored with a glancing header at the near post from an inswinging corner from Bergwijn.

This time, Mourinho’s side stretched ahead. Kane fought a cross down in front of goal and Davies kept it alive, enabling Lo Celso to pounced, confidently sweeping the chance into the top corner.

It was his first goal since January and he scored again, three minutes later, when Kane punished a slip by central defender Bogdan Planic. Lo Celso arrived to receive the pass and clipped a sweet finish over keeper Cohen who slid from his goal line.

Four up at halfway, this must have been what Mourinho had in mind. A comprehensive lead against obliging opponents and the chance to conserve a little energy ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.

Brazilian winger Moura heads home to regain Spurs’ lead in their quest to reach the Europa League group stage

Moura pictured scoring Tottenham’s second goal of the evening as the hosts reasserted their authority on the match

Tjaronn Chery celebrates with his team-mates after levelling the score at 1-1 in the 17th minute with an emphatic finish

Chery curls home a delightful strike into the top corner of Tottenham’s net, leaving Joe Hart with absolutely no chance

On came Alli to replace Lo Celso but Haifa remained lively in attack, Spurs far from solid in defence, and Nikita Rukavytsya reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.

It was another bewildering handball decision, this time against Matt Doherty, although easier to accept with a healthy cushion than the one which proved so costly against Newcastle.

Easier to accept, too, when French referee Ruddy Buquet levelled matters up by almost immediately giving one to Spurs.

Kane scored his second of the night from the spot and completed his hat-trick with a neat dink over the ‘keeper. Then, he came off to rest for United and Alli made it seven. Tripped in the last minute, he stepped up to score the third penalty of the game.

Kane got the hosts off to a flyer at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after netting in the second minute against the Israeli side

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Tottenham qualify for tomorrow’s Europa League group-stage draw with a resounding victory here.

Harry Kane scored a hat-trick, his 15th, while Lo Celso grabbed two and Dele Alli also came on to net from the spot.

A job well done.

And he sends the keeper the wrong way for a seventh for Tottenham and his first of the season.

Superb from Dele Alli, who nutmegs the centre-back and is then hauled down just before he gets his shot off. He is ready to take too…

So Spurs all set for tomorrow’s Europa League draw as Lucas Moura wins a free-kick from the latest of his marauding runs.

This one meandering to a close with five minutes to go, but with eight goals today no one can blame either side for little happening since Kane’s hat-trick goal.

This one meandering to a close with five minutes to go, but with eight goals today no one can blame either side for little happening since Kane’s hat-trick goal.

Abu Fani’s long-range strikes tonight must be nearly in double figures, and while his latest is sweetly struck Joe Hart is confident and vindicated to let it drift harmlessly high and wide. 

Looks like Alli’s confidence on the field has not taken a hit, taking on an ambitious volley after combining with his team-mate. The effort however is rifled well over the top.

Change for Spurs, as hat-trick hero Kane – the 15th of his career- comes off for new boy Sergio Reguilon.

The match ball and a hat-trick for Harry Kane tonight as he surely puts Spurs out of sight.

Dele Alli does well to bring possession out and feed Bergwijn, who sits down one man before slipping in Kane, who dinks a cut effort over the keeper.

Bergwijn gets plenty behind this as he looks for his first goal of the game, but his powerful drive is well tipped over.

A fraction away from Moura of a special goal.

Dele Alli works himself inside brilliantly and passes up the opportunity to shoot to tee up Moura, who cuts across his shot but it does not come back enough to nestle in the top corner.

Toby Alderweireld has the latest effort on the Maccabi goal but his header from a corner is well held.

Change for Spurs as Hojbjerg is subbed for Sissoko moments after Nikita Rukavytsya think he has his second but is flagged for offside.

Crazy start to this second half, because of which I have not been able to tell you about a couple of saves from Joe Hart, who has been tested from distance by Abu Fani again.

No mistake from Kane unsurprisingly and the sides exchange penalties at the start of the second half.

Oh dear, another penalty which will cause more frustration. 

Davies’ cross is played into Makouba, who has his hands around his ribcage. He cannot move them and the referee once again points to the spot.

Joe Hart tries to play a few mind games with the Maccabi forward, but he keeps his cool to reduce the deficit by sending the former England man the wrong way.

After the harsh call against him at Southampton, this looks equally as harsh against Matt Doherty.

The defender’s hand is by his side and the ball is hit into his arm by Haziza, and the referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.

Positive start from the Israeli side early in this second half, and Joe Hart has had to punch a corner clear and the Spurs defence have blocked a couple of crosses.

Harry Winks however has been excellent in midfield, and links well with Alli as Spurs try to summon more forward momentum.

Spurs and Maccabi Haifa are back out on the pitch and there is a change for the hosts, with Lo Celso withdrawn for Alli, who has not been in the squad for four of their last five squads.

Looks like Dele Alli is getting ready to come on.

Surely a matter of if not when Mourinho hauls off Kane and Lo Celso ahead of Spurs’ trip to Manchester United on Sunday?

Spurs have at times looked shaky at the back but tonight has shown there is real competition in attacking places at the club.

Second half shortly.

Just the five goals to tell you about then at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

As the scorelines suggests, it got going very quickly as 90 seconds in Kane converted Davies’ cross before former QPR man Cherry equalised with a stunner from long range.

Lucas Moura headed in a couple of minutes later to restore their lead before Lo Celso scored a couple of minutes apart to put Spurs well in control at the break.

Well, that’s a rarity from Kane.

Berwijn shows his bag of tricks and plays it to Lo Celso, who instantly splits the defence just outside the area to find Kane.

But the forward takes a heavy touch and allows the keeper to come and collect, and he is shaking his head as he walks off for half time.

Chery already has one tonight and now he looks for another with a cute effort from the angle, but Joe Hart manages to claw it away.

A double for Lo Celso in a matter of minutes.

A poor defensive touch allows Harry Kane to run at goal and tee up Lo Celso, who dinks his effort over the onrushing keeper.

Spurs look well on course now.

That is Lo Celso’s first goal for Spurs since January in an FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough.

He takes it really sweetly here after Moura aims to net a second header of the night from Doherty’s cross.

That is blocked but Ben Davies keeps it alive and plays it back to Lo Celso who curls home at the near post.

Real masterful perfomance from Kane so far. This time he impresses with a delightful flick off a Davies pass to set Bergwijn on his way, before the Dutchman’s hit is blocked.

Harry Kane is an unfortunate man here, pulled back for a foul which seemingly involved very little contact, and he was likewise in otherwise.

Lucas Moura has come to life since his goal and here there are a few shouts for a penalty which are quickly turned down after receiving the ball from Hojbjerg and going down after a challenge from the defender.

A few midfield skirmishes involving Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to break up a frantic few minutes of goalscoring there.

That didn’t last long did it?

Lucas Moura is not renowned for his heading ability but here he uses it to put Spurs back in front after his first goal in 23 appearances against Newcastle.

Moura runs across a static defence to the front post and flicks a header over the despairing keeper into the far corner.

As we were then.

Well they have not shied away from going from range tonight and Tjaronn Chery puts the visitors make on terms.

He is surrounded by five players and he moves centrally but he unleashes a wicked drive that flies into the corner past Hart, who looks dumbfounded.

All square.

A second really looks imminent here for Spurs.

Bergwijn this time runs into space created by Harry Kane’s run, and the Dutchman fires at goal with a low shot.

Again, the keeper saves but once more fumbles the strike, and Kane is lurking and nearly pounces but for a desperate dive from the keeper.

At the other end, Abu Fani goes close with a sweetly struck curling effort that had Hart beaten.

Tottenham moving the ball about with some purpose here and the attackers are willing runners.

This time it is Lucas Moura who shows a burst of pace, and while his left foot shot is timid the goalkeeper makes a meal of collecting it first time but Spurs have no one on the rebound.

Giovanni Lo Celso gets his angles all wrong here, otherwise Spurs would be two up.

He does brilliantly to win a duel on the slide from Davies’ ball, but instead of going across goal when through on goal he goes for the near post and hits the side netting with his favoured foot.

Frantic start here in north London.

A near response from the visitors, as former QPR man Chery finds too much space and fires a shot that Joe Hart does well to parry over.

Number 33 for Kane in European competitions and he will not have scored an easier one.

Bergwijn and Davies combine well down the left and the left-back whips in a ball on a plate for Kane to volley home from point blank range into an empty net.

We are underway at the Tottenham Hottpur Stadium, with the hosts getting us going.

Harry Kane leads out his side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The England striker came on against Chelsea but is starting from the get go here to outline Mourinho taking this competition seriously.

‘I only have respect towards him, he is working very hard,’ says Mourinho on Alli, who Mourinho appears to suggest he has shown a different work ethic at Spurs

Jose locked in a long pre-match conversation and a friendly embrace with Maccabi Haifa substitute Jose Martinez. They worked together at Real Madrid.

The Israeli side are currently top of their league and came from behind Russian side Rostov last time out in qualifying.

A potential banana skin for Spurs?

While Spurs have been required to progress through two ties to reach the playoff round, their next opponents have recorded three victories in succession.

But if they succeed in making the group stages, is Mourinho starting to win doubtful fans over at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? 

Tottenham have not reaped the benefits of their busy schedule in the Premier League, but they were able to negotiate their way through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday evening with a penalty-shootout triumph over Chelsea.

Despite Mourinho’s insistence that he could not compete in the competition, few got the night off and after Lamela’s equaliser Mason Mount’s miss saw Spurs through.

Now can they complete the job of qualifying for the Europa League group stages tonight?

Of course, Kane has been in the news for other reasons today following Gareth Southgate hit back at Jose Mourinho.

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So only a spot on the bench for Dele Alli tonight despite hints Mourinho could start him.

Meanwhile, there is another start for Joe Hart while Harry Kane leads the line.

Hello and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Tottenham’s seventh game in 19 days, this time against Maccabi Haifa from Israel.

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