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Mourinho oversees Spurs’ 4-2 comeback to advance in CL

by Ace Damon
Mourinho oversees Spurs’ 4-2 comeback to advance in CL

LONDON (AP) – Tottenham's return to the Harry Kane Champions League with two goals defeated Olympiakos 4-2 at Jose Mourinho's home debut on Tuesday, sealing a place in the 16th round with a game of left over.

Allele and Serge Aurier have also scored to ensure Tottenham have made two wins in two in all competitions since Mauricio Pochettinho was sacked last week.

But the way Tottenham ended their game at West Ham last weekend – suffering twice in a 3-2 win – was reflected at home.

The Greek visitors got a two-goal lead through Youssef El-Arabi and Borges Semedo in 19 minutes. Mourinho acted decisively, replacing midfielder Eric Dier with Christian Eriksen's creative force on 29 minutes.

After being ragged, Tottenham profited from an Olympiakos mistake in the first half when Yassine Meriah completely missed the ball in an attempted clearance, allowing Serge Aurier's cross to reach Dele Alli for a goal.

The quick action of a boy catching the ball five minutes into the second half led Kane to equalize in the Group B match. Serge Aurier made a quick throw to Lucas Moura, who crossed to Kane on the left side of the house.

After the goal, Mourinho started to embrace the ball.

Alli scored the third decisive goal, crossing for Aurier to score in the net at 73 years. Kane's deft header four minutes later completed the reaction and came from Eriksen's free-kick – a reminder of Mourinho's early change.

Tottenham are doing their best to make a perfect transition from Mauricio Pochettino.

There was no field photo to present Mourinho last week, nor an introduction to his first home game.

Only the Argentine flag with the photo of Mauricio Pochettino attached to a booth reminded the dismissed manager who led Tottenham to last season's Champions League final.

Tottenham secured second place in Group B behind Bayern Munich ahead of the final game at the German club, which beat Red Star Belgrade 6-0 on Tuesday.

That means Tottenham can focus broadly on the Premier League campaign until the knockout phase begins in February.

Winning the competition for the first time – after losing the June final to Liverpool – could be the only way back next season.

After four of the first four straight Premier League games ending under Pochettino, the drop in qualifying cost him the job last week.

Victory at West Ham in Mourinho's first game on Saturday brought Tottenham to 10th place, nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.


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