London - Tottenham
had to come from behind as they beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 at Wembley on
Wednesday to clinch a place in the Europa League knockout stages.
As has been the theme for Spurs in Europe this season, they created a
number of chances before going behind to Alan Dzagoev's 33rd-minute
However, they responded well to score twice before half-time through
Dele Alli and Harry Kane to take the lead into the interval.
An own-goal from CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeev in the second half sealed a
first win at the national stadium for Mauricio Pochettino's side in the
competition as they finished third in Group E ahead of the Russian
The hosts were looking to snap a six-game losing streak at the home
of English football and they started well, creating a couple of early
A cross from Christian Eriksen led to Alli heading wide of the
target, before the Dane was played in on goal by Kane but fired straight
Eriksen and Alli combined again which led to another good chance for
England midfielder, whose scuffed shot was easily gathered by the
And they were made to pay on 33 minutes when Dzagoev latched onto
Zoran Tosic's header from a long ball before slotting past Hugo Lloris
for the lead.
However, the north Londoners gave a swift response as Alli brought
Eriksen's cross under control and fired home into the far corner of the
net on 38 minutes.
Things got better for Spurs eight minutes later when Kane converted
Danny Rose's first-time cross from close range, with Eriksen again
involved in the move.
Alli wasted another chance in the second half as he blazed over
before Eriksen was denied by the woodwork after his free-kick came back
off the post.
Akinfeev did well to keep out Kane's volley after he had been played
in by Eriksen, but the Russia international was unfortunate to see
Alli's close-range header strike him on the foot before going over the
line on 77 minutes to wrap up the win for the home team.