Tottenham Hotspur completed their Champions League group with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday evening, which means they qualify for the knockout stage by finishing top of the pile.

Mauricio Pochettino named a much-changed Spurs side to take on the Cypriots, and was well rewarded by those he chose for the Wembley Stadium clash.

Two of the Tottenham men he brought into the side for rare starts scored their first goal for the London outfit on what was a very successful evening for Spurs.

Fernando Llorente opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half with his maiden strike for the club, and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou followed suit when he took advantage of his opportunity to open his account 10 minutes from time.

The former Marseille winger joined Tottenham at the beginning of last season for a fee believed to be £11 million, but he is yet to make the impact that was expected of him when he arrived at White Hart Lane, but a goal on the biggest stage in Europe might just kick start his career in London.

After the game N’Koudou took to Twitter to express his delight at both winning the match and scoring his first goal, and thanked Spurs fans for all the messages he had been sent.

Those same Tottenham supporters will now be hoping that their side can use the positivity from that result to kick start their Premier League season, which has hit the buffers in recent weeks.

Spurs have failed to win any of their last four matches in the top flight, which has seen them fall right away from title contention and facing a real battle to make it back in the top four for Champions League football next year.

Tottenham welcome Stoke City to Wembley on Saturday afternoon in a match they need to win. N’Koudou will be hoping his performance in midweek has done enough to earn him a starting berth in the game.


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