Spurs through but Hull bow out
A review of Thursday night's Europa League play-off action as Spurs reach the group stages but Hull agonisingly miss out.
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Mauricio Pochettino's perfect start to life at the Tottenham helm continued on Thursday evening as they booked their place in the Europa League group stage by brushing aside AEL Limassol with a 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane.
Harry Kane opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time after missing a penalty before Paulinho and a spot-kick by Andros Townsend wrapped up the win after the break.
It is fair to say things could not have gone much better for the former Argentina international since swapping Southampton for north London, having not only won all four matches but earned plaudits for the manner in they have secured those results.
The latest victory came at the expense of AEL Limassol, who were no match for a free-flowing Tottenham side who cruised into the Europa League group stage with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.
Having been beaten 1-0 in the first leg, Hull needed a convincing win at home but while Robbie Brady's brace was enough to ensure a 2-1 victory on the night, Jordan Remacle's strike proved crucial in separating the sides.
The Tigers' hopes of finding an all-important third that would have swung the game back in their favour went up in smoke in the 72nd minute when Ivorian striker Yannick Sagbo was sent off.
With 10 men the task proved too much for Steve Bruce's side but there was late drama as Tom Huddlestone's late strike - the last kick of the game - was blocked on the line by defender Alexander Scholz.