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Europa League: Erink Lamela nets as Tottenham are held to draw by Monaco

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By Simon Peach

Published 01/10/2015

MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Mauricio Pochettino manager of Tottenham Hotspur walks across the pitch at half time during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Mauricio Pochettino manager of Tottenham Hotspur walks across the pitch at half time during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Fabinho of Monaco shakes hands with Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur after the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Clinton N'Jie of Tottenham Hotspur and Andrea Raggi of Monaco battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Clinton N'Jie of Tottenham Hotspur and Andrea Raggi of Monaco battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Adama Traore of Monaco and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur go up for the header during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Clinton N'Jie of Tottenham Hotspur and Andrea Raggi of Monaco battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur breaks with the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Clinton N'Jie of Tottenham Hotspur and Andrea Raggi of Monaco battle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur on the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Fabio Coentrao of Monaco congratulates Stephan El Shaarawy of Monaco on scoring their first goal during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Andrea Raggi of Monaco and Clinton N'Jie of Tottenham Hotspur tussle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Andros Townsend of Tottenham Hotspur holds off Nabil Dirar of Monaco during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Mauricio Pochettino manager of Tottenham Hotspur on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Andrea Raggi of Monaco and Clinton N'Jie of Tottenham Hotspur tussle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Mauricio Pochettino manager of Tottenham Hotspur on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Andros Townsend of Tottenham Hotspur holds off Nabil Dirar of Monaco during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Andrea Raggi of Monaco and Clinton N'Jie of Tottenham Hotspur tussle for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Referee Artur Dias Soares gestures during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur heads at goal during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Stephan El Shaarawy of Monaco is marshalled by Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Stephan El Shaarawy of Monaco and Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur is helped to his feet during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Danijel Subasic of Monaco dispatches the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur breaks with the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur breaks with the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal with Harry Kane and Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Danijel Subasic of Monaco makes a save from Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal with Harry Kane and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal with Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal with Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur breaks through to set up the first goal during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur scores the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal with Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Fabio Coentrao of Monaco and Nacer Chadli of Tottenham Hotspur compete for the ball during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur gestures during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Head Coach Leonardo Jardim of Monaco on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONACO - OCTOBER 01: Referee Artur Dias Soares leads the teams out during the UEFA Europa League group J match between AS Monaco FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Stade Louis II on October 1, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tottenham's Nacer Chadli, center, challenges for the ball with Monaco's Jeremy Toulalan, left and Bernardo Silva during their Europa League group J soccer match in Monaco stadium, Monaco, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Monaco's Thomas Lemar, front, challenges for the ball with Tottenham's Kieran Trippier during their Europa League group J soccer match in Monaco stadium, Monaco, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Tottenham's Erik Lamela reacts after scoring the first goal against Monaco during their Europa League group J soccer match in Monaco stadium, Monaco, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Monaco's Fabio Coentrao, front, challenges for the ball with Tottenham's Nacer Chadli during their Europa League group J soccer match in Monaco stadium, Monaco, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Tottenham's Erik Lamela, right, celebrates with his teammate Tottenham's Harry Kane after scoring the first goal against Monaco during their Europa League group J soccer match in Monaco stadium, Monaco Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Tottenham's Dele Alli, left challenges for the ball with Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic during their Europa League group J soccer match in Monaco stadium, Monaco, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Tottenham's Harry Kane, left, challenges for the ball with Monaco's Andrea Raggi during their Europa League group J soccer match in Monaco stadium, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Erik Lamela's resurgence continued in Monaco but a late Stephan El Shaarawy header denied Tottenham victory in the Europa League.

It may have taken two seasons to find any consistency, but the £30million club-record acquisition from Roma is at last fulfilling his promise.

Just days after the departure of oft-maligned technical director Franco Baldini, so key to the signing, Lamela began and ended a move that gave Spurs a deserved lead - one chalked off by substitute El Shaarawy late on as Monaco secured a 1-1 draw.

For much of the game it looked like Mauricio Pochettino's men would follow up their impressive 4-1 defeat of Manchester City with another win, especially when their Argentinian winger tapped home after Dele Alli was denied on the day of his maiden England call-up.

Lamela's finish was straightforward enough but the skill shown in starting the move was anything but, rolling the ball onto his right and playing in Nacer Chadli, who, like Harry Kane, could have netted in the opening period.

They were missed chances that Monaco capitalised on as the Group J encounter came to a close at the half-full Stade Louis II, with El Shaarawy's header beating Hugo Lloris after taking a slight touch off Kieran Trippier.

It was a solid result tinged with frustration for Spurs head coach Pochettino, who named a surprisingly strong line-up in Monte Carlo.

Andrea Raggi and Lacina Traore had chances in an even, uneventful start to the match, which began to liven up in the 19th minute when Lloris showed impressive composure to jink away from danger and start a counter-attack.

Danny Rose led the charge and Kane cut back from the byline after goalkeeper Danijel Subasic charged out, only for Chadli to curl over from 18 yards.

Adama Traore and then namesake Lacina had efforts, but it was Spurs that found the breakthrough as Lamela ended a move he started.

The rejuvenated Argentina international's wonderful footwork put through Chadli, who burst forward and played the ball across to Alli. The teenager's strike was blocked but the ball fell kindly for Lamela to tap home into an empty net.

Thomas Lemar, Fabio Coentrao and Lacina Traore attempted to draw parity, with the latter's effort coming on the break after Alli showed composure that belied his tender years to cut back for Kane, whose shot was smothered by Subasic.

Jan Vertonghen stretched to deny Lacina Traore before time was called on an impressive first half by Spurs, who were being forced to defend more when play resumed.

However, Kane had an effort deflected behind at the other end and Eric Dier had a header saved from the resulting corner, with the former then heading straight at Subasic - missed chances Spurs were made to rue as the match came to a close.

Nabil Dirar, introduced minutes earlier from the bench, sent in a fine, right-wing cross to El Shaarawy, whose header stumped Lloris after taking a slight deflection off Trippier.

It gave Leonardo Jardim's men renewed confidence and only a wonderful challenge from Rose thwarted Guido Carrillo after Lloris spilt Dirar's long-range drive.

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