Report and free match highlights as Tottenham let a 2-0 lead from the first leg slip through their fingers in Croatia; Mislac Orsic scores a wonderful hat-trick to shock Spurs, with Dinamo Zagreb deservedly winning 3-2 on aggregate
Thursday 18 March 2021 22:42, UK
Tottenham were sent crashing out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb, losing 3-0 after Mislav Orsic’s stunning hat-trick wiped out Spurs’ 2-0 lead from the first leg.
Harry Kane’s double last Thursday had put Tottenham in pole position to qualify for the quarter-finals, but they were made to pay for another horrible performance in Croatia.
Looking for a reaction after their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in Sunday’s north London derby, Spurs were tepid in the first half but kept their aggregate lead intact and were 45 minutes from a gritty path to the last eight.
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But forward Orsic produced an inspired hat-trick. His opener (62) was a thunderous, curling effort before slotting home from Iyayi Atiemwen’s cross (82) to send the game into extra time. He then hammered home another superb effort in the added period (106) to produce one of the shocks of the round and send Spurs crashing out.
Tottenham were unable to reply to any of Orsic’s wonderful goals, despite Jose Mourinho using all of the attacking players at his disposal, capping another miserable evening and leaving questions marks over where the team now goes in the remainder of the season.
Subdued Spurs knocked out of Europe
It was a lacklustre first half from Spurs, who only saw a handful of half chances. Kane sent in a good cross from the left, but neither Erik Lamela or Dele Alli could convert. A
Alli then tried to send Kane through with a lovely pass, but it rolled straight into Dominik Livakovic’s hands. Just after, Kane was through again, getting in behind Rasmus Lauritsen, but could not keep the ball under control as the Dinamo defender cleared.