Spurs traveled to Austria on Thursday night knowing that to avoid defeat will propel them to the last 32 to join surprise Group J leaders Royal Antwerp. Jose Mourinho rested Kane and Dier. He traveled with a host of young players including Jake Clark and Harvey White.
The home side started the brightest, striking the woodwork as early as the fifth minute. THey eventually took the lead in the 41st minute when Ex England keeper Joe Hart was beaten by a dipping shot LASK’s Peter Muchori. Spurs received the rub of the green when the ref awarded them a spot kick in first half injury time. How controversial a decision can you make here. The replays show that the ball hit the head of the diving LASK defender.No VAR is in operation in the Europa League until the knockout phase. On-loan Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale dispatched the kick with ease sending keeper Schlager the wrong way. 1-1 at the break. This was basically the last chance saloon match for LASK and it was evident in their early second half attacking intent. They piled on the pressure on Spurs’ defence marshaled by the inexperienced Tanganga and Sanchez. But it was Tottenham who hit the Austrian team on the counter to take the lead through the in-form Son. The pacy Ex Bayer 04 man outpaced the LASK defence to slot in a side footed finish. 2-1 Spurs after 56 minutes.
The game came alive for a last hurrah in the final ten minutes. Up until then in typical Mourinho pragmatism , Spurs had kept a tight defensive formation allowing the home side to have a large chunk of possession. Eggenstein found a way to score against the defence with a shot that dipped in front of the diving Hart(similar to the first goal). The goalie got an arm on the ball but he could divert the ball away from the net.2-2 with five minutes to go.We were by no means finished yet. Sub Bergwijn was brought down a minute later by clumsy defending by the Wiesenger. Another sub, forgotten man Delli Alli Panenka-ed the penalty past Schlager for 3-2 Spurs. Hold on we were not done yet. Mamoudou Karamoko scored a beautiful curler with the right foot instep to salvage a draw and pride for LASK. Both Spurs and Antwerp progress.