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Moura Hat-Trick as Spurs Thrash Huddersfield


Ahmed Ahmed

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 23:57 GMT

A Lucas Moura hat-trick inspired Tottenham to a 4-0 win over Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday April 13th. The North London side strengthened their grip on the top four as they remain third in the league table.

After an uneventful start, in which Spurs had a lot of the ball but found it difficult to create clear-cut chances until the breakthrough finally came in the 24th minute. After Huddersfield failed to clear their lines, the ball fell to Victor Wanyama inside the area and he went around Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer to tap it in. 

A few minutes later the London side were two up when Lucas Moura smashed into the bottom corner after receiving the ball from Moussa Sissoko.  

The visitors had their best chance of the half on the half hour mark, as Jon Gorenc Stankovic volleyed wide from a corner. 

In the 39th minute Fernando Llorente, playing in place of the injured Harry Kane, headed inches wide from a Christian Eriksen free-kick, as Spurs went into half-time two goals up. 

Early in the second-half the home side nearly got their third, as Llorente controlled a Juan Foyth ball over the top before striking the crossbar. 

Moura had a shot saved by Ben Hamer just past the hour mark as the Lilywhites looked for a third. The away side broke in the 70th minute, as Karlan Ahearne-Grant looked to be through on the Tottenham goal, but was denied by a great recovery tackle by Sissoko. Llorente also had a shot blocked as Spurs countered.  

Huddersfield were growing into the game as Steve Mounie headed inches wide from a Jonathon Hogg ball over the top. Soon after a Junior Bacuna free-kick was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. 

As the hosts counter attacked immediately after Eriksen was through on goal, but the Danish midfielder fired his effort against the post. 

The third goal finally came in the 87th minute as Moura struck it into the net after meeting an Eriksen cross from the right-hand side. The Brazilian soon got his third and Tottenham fourth goal of the day in stoppage time, after running onto substitute Son Heung-Min’s pass as he fired past Hamer to score the first hat-trick at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the BBC after the game and praised his side "I am so pleased. Football is about the squad, the collective, of course we had some injuries after Manchester City like Alli and Kane and we were forced to make changes and we needed to provide fresh legs and it's good because we have a tough period ahead and the performance was very professional.”