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Hat-trick hero Lamela on a high as Spurs do it in style

Tottenham 4-1 Monaco

By Tom Allnutt

Published 11/12/2015

At the treble: Tottenham’s Erik Lamela after his opener on the way to a first-half hat-trick
At the treble: Tottenham’s Erik Lamela after his opener on the way to a first-half hat-trick

Tottenham's hat-trick hero Erik Lamela hailed the confidence running through the team as a crucial factor in his stunning first-half blitz.

Lamela's treble came in just 35 explosive minutes and steered Spurs to a 4-1 triumph over Monaco and top spot in the group.

Monaco replied with a consolation through Stephan El Shaarawy but Tom Carroll had the last say with Spurs' final goal.

"I am happy for me and for the team because we won and we played well," Lamela said. "I am confident, the team is confident. I think we are doing well at the moment, but we need to keep working in the same way."

Carroll, having marked a rare appearance with a goal, added: "I was obviously delighted to get the goal at the end, but it was a great performance all-round.

"When you get the nod, that's when you've got to take your opportunities and hopefully I did.

"We wanted to go out and win the group. We knew we had to get at least a point, but our mentality was to go out and win the game and we did that."

Argentine playmaker Lamela, 23, expertly placed all three of his goals beyond visiting goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, who had a night to forget at White Hart Lane.

Monaco's consolation came when El Shaarawy curled in from 25 yards to make the scoreline 3-1.

But Carroll's neat, close-range finish rounded off another superb display by Mauricio Pochettino's side.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies, Dier (Bentaleb 42), Carroll, Lamela (Chadli 62), N'Jie (Alli 79), Onomah, Son Heung-min

Subs Not Used: Kane, Vorm, Townsend, Carter-Vickers

Booked: Bentaleb

Goals: Lamela 2, 15, 37, Carroll 77

Man of the match: Lamela (pictured)

MONACO: Subasic, Fortuna dos Santos, Toulalan, Echiéjilé, Veiga de Carvalho e Silva (Diarra 65), Pasalic, Bakayoko, Dirar, João Moutinho (Lemar 45), Traoré (Mbappe-Lottin 56), El Shaarawy

Subs not used: Carvalho, Nardi, Mexique, N'Doram

Booked: Fortuna dos Santos, Toulalan, Dirar

Goal: El Shaarawy 61

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany).

Belfast Telegraph

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