Lamela celebrates scoring this evening.

Erik Lamela hits hat-trick against Monaco in Europa League

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Tottenham have already secured their qualification for the Europa League - and it seems they're letting their hair down and celebrating in style against Monaco.

Erik Lamela has looked more like the player Spurs splashed £30 million on two years ago this season, and has scored four times in 17 appearances this term - before tonight.

In just 36 first-half minutes against Monaco this evening, Lamela bagged his first ever senior hat-trick which you can watch below, and there will be plenty more opportunities in the second half.

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The former Roma man opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock. The ball came in from the left from Ben Davies and unmarked in the area, all Lamela had to do was prod the ball home from close range. 

His second was a little more impressive, even if the Monaco defending and goalkeeping was most certainly not. Played through on goal by Heung Min-Son, Lamela fired a shot under the arms of Danijel Subasij.

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The best was saved for last when, teed up by Son once more, the winger powered his shot into the net with 38 minutes on the clock. Job done. Tottenham are at the top of Group J as it stands with Anderlecht also winning against Qarabag, with both sides already through.

Monaco have been able to pull one goal back through Stephan El Shaarawy, who fired low into the goal from a Kylian Mbappe pass - although that is likely to be nothing more than a consolation.

Check out the video of Lamela's hat-trick below: 

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