Lamela scores 'rabona' wonder as Spurs net 5

Erik Lamela’s goal was a rare glimpse of talent that fans had heard about, but not seen much of.

Tottenham Hotspur players huddle together to celebrate the team's second goal against Asteras Tripolis in the UEFA Europa League on 23 October 2014. Picture:

LONDON - Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela scored a stunning 'rabona' goal to light up Thursday's Europa League ties, wrapping his left boot round the back of his right leg 20 metres out and blasting the ball into the top corner.

That goal, a second Lamela volley and a Harry Kane hat-trick helped secure a 5-1 victory over Greek side Asteras Tripolis, but the result seemed almost insignificant in comparison to the sheer technical brilliance of the Argentine's moment of magic.

Elsewhere, the goals were liberally spread among the games in Europe's second tier competition with Borussia Moenchengladbach hitting 5 while Besiktas, VfL Wolfsburg, Salzburg and Villarreal all netted 4 times each.

Rijeka's Andrej Kramaric underlined his status as one of the hottest prospects in European football with a hat-trick while trouble flared in eastern Europe again and Napoli lost 2-0 to Young Boys.

Nothing, though, came close to matching Lamela's 30th-minute goal for wow factor, a rare glimpse of the talent that Tottenham fans had heard about but not seen much of since his club record £30 million move from AS Roma last year.

After Kane had given the hosts an early lead, the ball was rolled across the edge of the penalty area and Lamela strode purposefully towards it.

In a flash and almost imperceptible to the naked eye, he performed a gymnastic act of balance and flexibility to put one leg behind the other and arc his shot into the net, leaving the goalkeeper rooted to the spot and the crowd stunned.

It was a suitable way to grace the 10th anniversary of the death of former manager Bill Nicholson who led Tottenham to the English league and FA Cup double in 1961.

"I have seen Erik do that in training, he has that in his locker," said Kane whose eventful evening culminated in him going in goal following a red card for Hugo Lloris late in the match and subsequently letting in a howler from a set piece.

"I quite fancied myself in goal but when I saw the free kick wobbling towards me I wasn't too happy," the striker told ITV Sport.


Rijeka 3-1 Feyenoord

Sevilla 0-0 Standard Liege

Bratislava 0-3 Sparta Prague

Fiorentina 1-0 PAOK Salonika

Napoli 2-0 Young Boys

Everton 0-0 Lille

Wolfsburg 4-2 FK Krasnodar

Steaua Bucharest 2-1 Rio Ave