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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Spurs clinch Europa League spot

Tottenham Hotspur have qualified for the Europa League courtesy of a 3-1 come-from-behind win over CSKA Moscow.

After two disappointing defeats at Wembley, Spurs turned it around in their final Group E fixture after conceding to the Russians after 33 minutes.

Alan Dzagoev gave CSKA the lead when he latched onto a perfectly placed knockdown header from Zoran Tošić to fire beyond Hugo Lloris.

However, their lead only lasted five minutes as Dele Alli nonchalantly controlled Christian Eriksen's floated cross from the right with his instep before comfortably slotting into the far corner.

Just before the half-time whistle, Spurs found themselves 2-1 up through Harry Kane who side-footed home Danny Rose's perfect low cross from the left, almost in slow motion.

The contest was wrapped up in the 77th minute when CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev got a full hand to Alli's close-range header only to see the ball bobble its way into over the goal-line.

It was a thoroughly deserved win from Mauricio Pochettino's side who had more than 20 attempts on goal and close to 70% possession in what was a dominant performance.

The result sees the North Londoners finish third in their group with seven points from their six matches, allowing them to drop down into the Europa League Round of 32, with AS Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen finishing first and second.


2016/17 UEFA Champions League - Group E

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG): 2 (Dele Alli 38', Harry Kane 45', Igor Akinfeev (OG) 77')
CSKA Moscow (RUS): 1 (Alan Dzagoev 33')
Wembley Stadium, London, England - 62,034

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