Harry Kane scored a hat-trick after coming off the bench to seal a 5-1 win for Tottenham Hotspur over Slovenian champions Mura in the group stage of the Europa Conference League on Thursday.
Dele Alli’s penalty and a goal from Giovani Lo Celso gave Spurs control after just eight minutes in north London, but a brilliant volley from Ziga Kous reduced the deficit shortly after half-time.
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo introduced Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura for the final 30 minutes, a triple change that helped the struggling Premier League club to a well-deserved victory.
Lucas played for Kane to stab at home in the 68th minute, and the England striker struck again after sweeping Son’s cross.
Kane, who had yet to score in the league this season, netted his hat-trick in the dying minutes after a slippery pass from Lo Celso.
Three consecutive league losses have increased the pressure on Nuno, who was named Premier League coach of the month of August after leading Spurs to victory in their opening three appearances.
Another tricky test awaits him in the form of Aston Villa at home this weekend, but it was a result that lifted morale and sent Tottenham to the top of Group G with four points.
They lead Rennes on goal difference after the French side came from behind to beat Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 in the Netherlands.
Chris Smalling and Tammy Abraham scored as Jose Mourinho’s Roma beat Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk 3-0 in Group C.
Stephan El Shaarawy gave Roma the lead early in Zaporizhia and Smalling scored the second in the 66th before Abraham struck soon after coming on.
Roma lead their section with a maximum of six points as they rebound from a weekend derby loss to Lazio in Serie A.
Norwegian champions Bodo / Glimt are second with four points after a 0-0 draw with CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria.
Union Berlin recorded their first points with a 3-0 victory over Maccabi Haifa, while former European Cup winner Feyenoord beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take the lead of Group E.
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