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Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough: Players’ Ratings

Giovani Lo Celso Tottenham Erik Lamela Jose Mourinho
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Argentine duo, Giovanni Lo Celso and Erik Lamela, scored for the Spurs as Mourinho’s men dismantled Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough.

Jonathan Woodgate spent three years with Tottenham. And the former central defender would have wanted to get one better over Spurs on his return.

But it was not to be. Jose Mourinho had special plans for his Middlesbrough side and his charges executed his plans to perfection.

Following the 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium, Tottenham had to get better of their unfancied opponents. With Premier League action coming up in three days, Spurs had to make little work of Boro. And they did exactly that.

Giovanni Lo Celso and Erik Lamela knew what was on offer and ensured the strategies were implemented. The Argentine duo gave Spurs a two-goal lead within first quarter of hour. Tottenham capitalizing on mistakes by their rivals.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper, Meijas, was at fault for the first. While Johnny Howson allowing Lamela to hit home for the second.

The tie was all but secured. But Middlesbrough stayed in the game, with substitute George Saville hitting the back of the net. Saville opened the game with seven minutes to play and the final minutes were frantic. However, the Londoners held on to progress to the next round.

Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough was the final result, allowing the Spurs progress to the round of 32, where rejuvenated Southampton await them.

The result was a good one especially with better news coming to Tottenham in the coming days. Gedson is on his way to North London, while the club recorded better revenues than both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Players’ ratings

Tottenham: Gazzaniga (7), Sessegnon (7), Vertonghen (7), Sanchez (6), Tanganga (7), Dier (6), Winks (8), Celso (8), Eriksen (7), Lamela (9), Moura (7)

Middlesbrough: Mejias (5), Johnson (7), Fry (6), Mc Nair (6), Howson (7), Spence (6), Liddle (6), Clayton (6), Wing (6), Fletcher (6), Nmecha (5)

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