Tottenham vs AEL Limassol - Player ratings

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Tottenham completed the formalities in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier against Cypriot side AEL Limassol.

Goals from Harry Kane, Paulinho and Andros Townsend sealed a comfortable three-nil win, (5-1 on aggregate) to put Spurs in the draw for the group stages. Here are the ratings:

Hugo Lloris - 6.5

Another largely watching brief for the Spurs number one. One save, one cross punched clear, and a couple of bursts from his line to sweep up, all completed with the usual comfortable expertise we come to expect from the French captain.

Kyle Naughton - 7.5

Given the visitors lack of threat, Naughton was able to roam forward from his right-back position almost at will. He won the first half penalty that led to the Cypriot's keeper being substituted with a broken nose, and continually provided an option down the right while quelling any threats quickly.

Ben Davies - 7.0

Slowly growing into the lilywhites shirt, the summer signing had a comfortable evening, much like the rest of the Spurs defence. Had a few bursts forward, with one shot drawing a good save from Limassol's sub keeper.

Younes Kaboul - 6.5

Picked as captain, and wearing the arm band was the hardest part of his evening.

Vlad Chiriches - 7.5

A fine return to the team for the Romanian centre-back. It was his tackle on the edge of the opponent's box, epitomising Pochettino's high pressing tactic, that led to Paulinho's goal.

Sandro - 7.0

Great to see the Beast back in the team. Although not looking fully fit, not surprising given this was his first appearance of the season, there were a few typical crunching challenges.

As a ball winner he has a role play to in Pochettino's side but his passing was not clinical and that wil always be his downfall.

Moussa Dembele - 7.5

One of Dembele's best performances for a long while. It is too soon to call this a renaissance, but it is pleasing to sell Dembele recycling the ball much quicker and playing higher up the pitch.

Too often last season Dembele (and others) retreated into deep, safe positions, and contributed to Tottenham's dire, turgid place. Not on Thursday, when the Belgium midfielder looked to link up the play and get into advanced positions.

Aaron Lennon - 7.0

Playing mainly from the left, Lennon flitted in and out of the game, but his work rate never faltered.

Andros Townsend - 7.5

Struggled to get much out of the AEL left back, but ran hard and finished his penalty emphatically.

Paulinho - 8.0

If not his best game in a Spurs shirt, certainly in the top 2. Paulinho worked hard, constantly made bursts forward to link up with the lone striker, and deserved his goal.

Not as technically accomplished as the likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela or Nacer Chadli, but has good physical capacity and offers a more powerful forward option.

Harry Kane - 8.0

Missed a penalty in a home Europa League qualifier for the second time, Kane's confidence did not dimish and showed good composure to start the scoring on the stroke of half time.

Not afraid of a shot, Kane had several excellent openings but a touch more finesse and luck and he could have been walking away with the match ball.


Lewis Holtby (for Sandro, 78 mins) - 6.5

Showed lots of energy, some nice passing, but the game was pratically over already.

Milos Veljkovic (for Chiriches, 86 mins) - N/A

Nice appearance bonus.

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