Tottenham Hotspur overwhelm Fiorentina to qualify for Europa last 16

Tottenham Hotspur overwhelm Fiorentina to qualify for Europa last 16
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There we go, all done and dusted, Spurs cruise through 4-1 on aggregate. Goals from Ryan Mason, Erik Lamela and a Gonzalo OG were enough for them, and they're into the last 16. Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for tonight. I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through this Europa League tie, and until next time - goodnight!

Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Fiorentina

90: Three minutes of additional time. 

87: Goalscorer Mason's last act of the night was to strike a fantastic volley at goal, only for it to be saved by the 'keeper. Harry Winks replaces him.

84: Dele Alli subbed off to thunderous applause from the home fans. Bentaleb on for the final minutes.

81: It's an own goal from Gonzalo, and that should be it. It was a brilliant cross from Trippier down the right hand side, sending in a powerful low cross, which the defender could do nothing about as he swept it into the net trying to clear.

GOAL! That's everything done and dusted, 3-0.

78: Dele Alli gets a booking for simulation, and it looks like the wrong decision. Even worse, that means he'll be suspended for the first leg of any last 16 tie.

76: Josh Onomah replaces Erik Lamela for Spurs, Lamela's scored his sixth in the competition this season tonight.

74: Change for Fiorentina, Kuba on for Valero as they go for it in the final stages.

68: The Spurs fans are in absolutely fantastic voice here at White Hart Lane. That second goal has certainly calmed them down abit, the seem quite assured that their side are heading into the last 16.

63: A fantastic goal from Lamela, who span and fired in a great curling effort with his left foot after the ball broke to him in the area. 2-0 to the hosts, 3-1 on aggregate. They should progress through easily enough now!

GOAL! Lamela makes it 2-0!

61: Ilicic won't get another chance to shoot off target, he's substituted for Zarate. Not too happy about it either, as he throws his shirt into the bench.

58: Big chance wasted for Fiorentina, as they counter-attack with real purpose. Putting Spurs in trouble with a four on three situation, Ilicic chose to again cut inside and shoot wide despite having good options in the centre.

55: The hosts have started the second half with intent, looking for that second goal as they seek to close out the tie. Gonzalo's the latest to perform a defensive action for Fiorentina, sliding in to block a rare Alderweireld cross.

47: Spurs have the ball in the net as Chadli converts after being slid through by Lamela, but he's offside.

45: We're back up and running at White Hart Lane.

A really solid display so far from Spurs, who take a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to Ryan Mason's goal midway through the half. That gives them a 2-1 lead on aggregate, meaning that a Fiorentina equaliser would have the game heading for extra time.

Half-time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Fiorentina (Mason 25')

45: Tomovic booked for attempting to initiate handbags with Ben Davies. One minute of added time.

39: Close! Ilicic swings a free-kick in from the left wing, Valero getting his head on it at the front post. Half the ground thought it was in, as the ball brushes the side netting, Spurs survive. A little over five minutes left in this half, plain sailing so far for Spurs.

30: A good chance for Spurs to create something as Alli takes the ball down the right hand side with Chadli in space in the area. However, the midfielder takes too long on the ball, eventually giving it to Trippier who has his cross blocked.

25: Brilliant finish from Mason, who puts Tottenham 1-0 up. The ball was fed into Alli from deep, flicked to Mason, who controlled the ball brilliantly with it a touch behind him before racing through and curling into the bottom corner. 

GOAL! Ryan Mason puts Spurs ahead!!

23: Ilicic has certainly earmarked himself as Fiorentina's most potent threat here, cutting inside onto his favoured left foot before curling a shot just wide of Lloris' goal.

19: If I recall correctly, a long range effort from Christian Eriksen in the first leg seemed to galvanise Spurs, and they'll be hoping his latest shot has the same impact, as the Dane stings Tatarusanu's hands from 30-yards-out.

17: Yellow card for Wimmer who takes Ilicic out with a late challenge. Seems slightly harsh given it's his first foul of the night, but maybe that's a warning to the other players. He'll be on a tightrope for the next 70 minutes or so. 

12: Decent chance for Spurs to take the lead, wasted. Lamela whips in an inviting inswinging corner, Dier heading to the back post where Dele Alli lay in wait, but he couldn't quite connect to the ball.

7: A bright start from both teams, but no clear cut chances yet as Vecino blasts one over from range. Fiorentina not afraid to go forward, they know that they're going to have to score tonight to stay in the tie. 

0: Kick-off, we're underway in London.

The players are out and shaking hands, we're almost ready to get underway!

Elsewhere in Europe tonight, Liverpool have become the first English team to progress into the last 16 of this competition, beating Augsburg 1-0 at home. Alongside Spurs, Manchester United are trying to get there with a later kick-off, you can follow their game here.

Fiorentina's starting 11 is: Tatarusanu, Gonzalo, Tomovic, Astori, Alonso, Badelj, Vecino, Borja, Kalinic, Bernardeschi, Ilicic.

The team news is in! For Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies, Dier, Mason, Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Chadli.

It's worth remembering that these two teams met at the same stage of this competition last year, and that the tie this time around could go the opposite way. The first leg was also drawn 1-1 last year, but with Tottenham the home side, leaving Fiorentina to wrap things up 3-1 on aggregate win a 2-0 win in Italy. Should Spurs do the same on their home turf, they'll book their place in the last 16, where they could meet the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, two of the favourites for the competition.

Fiorentina were involved in a much more eventful game, beating Atalanta 3-2 away from home in Serie A. Matias Fernandez put them ahead in the 67th minute, before Chrisian Tello doubled their lead with just under 10 minutes left. The home side hit back, halving the deficit through Andrea Conti, but their second goal, scored by Mauricio Pinilla in the dying minutes, came after Nikola Kalinic had scored La Viola's third. 

But how did each side get on at the weekend, with each teams playing a match that broke up this tie. Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham will have been disappointed with their game, as they crashed out of the FA Cup, losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace at home. It was a disappointing performance by the Lilywhites, with Martin Kelly's strike enough to see the Eagles through by a single goal.

However, Spurs did get that all-important away goal, so a 0-0 draw would take them through tonight. If either team wins tonight they go through, whilst a 1-1 draw takes us into extra time and maybe penalties. Any higher scoring draw would see the Italian side through on away goals, but many have the hosts pinned as favourites for this one.

Nacer Chadli celebrates scoring his penalty last week (photo: EPA)
Nacer Chadli celebrates scoring his penalty last week (photo: EPA)

With that in mind, let's take a look back at the first leg between these pair, which took place in Florence last week. The game finished 1-1, with Spurs taking a valuable score draw back to England. They were on top for much of the affair, and went ahead through Nacer Chadli's penalty in the 36th minute. Many tipped them to go on and win the game by a larger margain, but the hosts hit back - Federico Bernardeschi's effort deflecting off Ryan Mason and into the net, leaving it all square going into tonight's clash. 

So, we've had the first legs of the first Champions League knock-out round, and it's now time for the first stage of the Europa League last 32 to conclude alltogether. Europe's secondary club competition has one extra round that it's big brother, so needs to catch up, and is doing so with back to back game-weeks.

Good evening, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute coverage of tonight's Europa League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina. Kick-off in the second leg of this last 32 tie is set for 20:05 BST, but stick with us until then as we build up to the game and get team news from White Hart Lane. It's sure to be a good one!