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Tottenham Hotspur player ratings vs Asteras Tripolis

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Harry Kane grabbed the goalkeeping gloves and the match ball as Tottenham Hotspur beat Asteras Tripolis 5-1 at White Hart Lane in the Europa League.

The scoreline was harsh on the Greek visitors as they created plenty of chances to score before Hugo Lloris was sent off and Kane went in goal.

Tottenham's first two goals were a thumping 25-yard drive by England U21 international Kane and a 'Rabona' strike from outside the box by Erik Lamela.

Lamela made it 3-0 before Kane scored twice more to grab the match ball. There were plenty of positives for boss Mauricio Pochettino and the Spurs support, but not everyone receives a high mark in our ratings.

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Hugo Lloris - 7.0

The scoreline might give the impression that Lloris was a spectator for large parts of the game, but in fact the Greeks did pose a considerable threat and Lloris had to pull of a good save before Ben Davies made a goal line block, and often had to be alert off his line.

With barely three minutes left to play, that alertness went awry when Lloris was red carded for being the last man.

Eric Dier - 6.5

Did well in parts but too often caught out of position as the Lilywhites high back line was exposed several times. Got forward okay but not entirely comfortable as a full back.

Ben Davies - 7.0

Made one crucial block to stop Asteras scoring, but still finding his feet at White Hart Lane. The back line as a whole was not completely on the same page, and Davies was as guilty as others.

Federico Fazio - 7.0

Like the other defenders, individual moments of solid defending along with sudden breaks from his position leaving the Tottenham back line disjointed. Did put in a fabulous cross for Kane to seal his hattrick.

Jan Vertonghen - 7.0

See above(s). Generally alright, needs to improve concentration as can easily get caught ahead of his fellow defenders.

Etienne Capoue - 8.0

The linchpin of the midfield that allowed others to excel. Very tidy on the ball, his passing is improving and put in a good shift to win back the ball and cover for others.

Moussa Dembele - 7.5

Bit more like it as the talented Belgian used his considerable skill to dominate the opposition. Operated in more dangerous areas than usual, helping his effectiveness, and helped Capoue defensively as Spurs played a system more akin to 4-4-2

Andros Townsend - 7.0

Went close with one excellent shot that bent just over the bar, but found himself on the fringes a lot as his primary role was to provide width on the right, opening up space for others.

Erik Lamela - 8.5

His Rabona was a moment of pure skill and gave a glimpse of the Argentine's undoubted quality. Followed it up with a fine volley for his second, which put the game beyond doubt, but still had the occasional slack pass which should be eradicated as he grows accustomed to his team mates and they with him.

Harry Kane - 9.0

Simply brilliant, always involved, looking to shoot or create for others. In the first half he dropped into spaces and it was no doubt when his first came from picking the ball up deep and lashing in a strike. Then moved into the sole striker role after Adebayor went off, and picked up two great poacher's goals.

Only blot was his stint in goal - even he will be disappointed he didn't do better.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 6.0

Struggled to get involved; struggled to motivate himself; struggled to warrant a place on the bench let alone the starting line-up on Sunday. Was out muscled off the ball, caught offside several times, and while Lamela and Kane excelled Adebayor wilted.

It may have been that the Greeks were fine dealing with a traditional striker but not those coming from deeper, but Kane scored two goals playing as the lone striker - Adebayor did not threaten to score at all.

Subs:

Christian Eriksen (for Lamela, 76)

Nacer Chadli (for Adebayor, 77)

Aaron Lennon (for Townsend, 83)

6.0 - game was over by the time the trio came on.

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