Tottenham Hotspur 3 vs 0 Apoel Nicosia 6th December 2017 UCL
Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou opened their Spurs goalscoring accounts at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday evening as we eased past APOEL in our final Champions League group game.
Heung-Min Son was also on target in our 3-0 win to leave us with the best record of this season’s group stage, five wins and a draw from the six matches, only dropping points away to Real Madrid.
The game also saw Champions League debuts for Michel Vorm, Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters, while Academy graduate Kazaiah Sterling made his Spurs bow with a late substitute appearance.
After a dominant opening 20 minutes in which Serge Aurier and Son went close from distance and Nkoudou had an effort cleared off the line, Llorente capped off a fine move to put us ahead. Harry Winks set Aurier free down the right with a superb pass and Llorente took one touch to control his cross before swivelling and firing home.
Having scored the first, the Spaniard then set up the second 17 minutes later, receiving the ball from Son on the edge of the area and laying it off for the striker to curl past Nauzet Perez.
The Cypriot champions – the first club side from Cyprus to play at Wembley – went close early in the second half when Praxitelis Vourous’ shot was deflected just wide by Danny Rose but we wrapped up a comfortable night’s work 10 minutes from time when Nkoudou’s strike deflected off APOEL skipper Nuno Morais and flew in.
As group winners, we will now face a second-placed team in the round of 16 and will be paired with one of FC Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk or Porto in Monday’s draw.