Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 AS Monaco: Lamela hits hat-trick as Spurs top group in style

Erik Lamela hit a first half hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 4-1 win against AS Monaco at White Hart Lane, topping their Europa League group in the process.

The Argentine had put the game to bed with Mauricio Pochettino's side three goals to the good after 45 minutes, and Tom Carroll's first goal for the club added the finishing touches, coming after Stephan El Shaarawy had netted a consolation for Monaco.

Lamela lights up the Lane

It didn't take long at all for Lamela to get his first, with some shoddy defending from the Ligue 1 side allowing him to score from Spurs' first attack of the game. Ben Davies overlapped on the wing and cut the ball back to an unmarked Lamela on the edge of the six yard box, who had the easiest of tasks in stroking the ball past Danijel Subasic in the Monaco goal.

It was Subasic who contributed largely to the second goal of the game, Lamela scoring again just 14 minutes later, thanks to a huge error from the 'keeper. Son Heung-Min won a flick on in midfield, and Lamela carried the ball forward before sending a fairly soft shot towards goal, which flapped underneath Subasic and into the net.

Subasic spills Lamela's shot into the net (photo: getty)

Son had the ball in the net himself minutes later, only for a composed finish into the top right hand corner to be ruled out for offside, part of an electric opening period for Spurs. Carroll went close himself with a left footed shot that dropped wide, before Lamela virtually ended things with his third.

Eight minutes before the end of the half was when it came, with Monaco losing the ball in a dangerous position and allowing Spurs to counter, as Lamela struck first time into the corner of the net after being slotted in by Clinton N'Jie.

Youngster Josh Onomah wasn't far off getting the fourth as the game entered the second half. Having been played in by Son, who impressed throughout despite Lamela grabbing the headlines, Onomah had his powerful strike fly behind after hitting the boot of Subasic.

One goal for each side in second 45

However, it was Monaco who scored the fourth goal of the game, reducing Spurs' lead to a two goal one through El Shaarawy. Substitute Kylian Mbappe took the ball from Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier and gave it to the Italian, who curled a superb finish past Hugo Lloris.

Carroll made sure that El Shaarawy's strike was to be a consolation, rather than the start of a comeback, as he made it 4-1 with his first goal for the club. Winning it in the area, he squeezed the ball home from a tight angle, capping a magical night for the Lilywhites.

They now pass through to the round of 32 as group winners, and will await Monday's draw to discover who their opponents will be for February's two legged tie.

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