Goals from Vinicius and Lo Celso have ensured Spurs finish top of Group J with a 2-0 win over fellow-qualifiers Antwerp. What was ultimately a convincing win for Spurs featured a stunning Gareth Bale free-kick to set up the opener, while the introduction of five of Mourinho's biggest players in the second half helped completely control the game. There will be questions over the future of Dele Alli after he remained on the bench throughout, while Harry Winks' reaction to being subbed off early in the second half raised eyebrows. But it's nine undefeated in all competitions now and things are looking good for Spurs. Next up it's Crystal Palace at the weekend.
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- 1st Half
Tottenham Hotspur - Antwerp
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- End of 2nd Half
It's all over and Spurs will go into the last-32 as one of the seeded teams, avoiding some of the more dangerous opponents in the draw.
There are just three minutes to be added on at the end of this game and Spurs are going to finish as Group J winners, deservedly so on tonight's evidence. It hasn't been a sparkling performance, but the hosts have controlled it since the opener and Antwerp have barely even hinted at a goal threat since half-time.
Harry Kane is on the deck after a jinking run into the box, but he still almost manages to conjure up a goal, somehow curling in an effort that drifts marginally wide.
Son has been bashed around a bit since coming on and goes down after another foul as he looks to turn into space in the centre circle. Bringing on his Premier League regulars means Mourinho has grasped complete control of this game, but it is a bit of a fitness risk with so many games coming up... starting with Crystal Palace this weekend.
Spurs are completely bossing this now, with Lo Celso producing an array of tricks and flicks to entertain the small crowd, and Antwerp offering very little sign of a comeback. Job done? Not quite yet.
Alli is back on the bench, so perhaps it was just a comfort break rather than a strop that prompted him leaving the bench. I doubt that'll make much of a difference to the volume of transfer stories however.
Ampomah goes in late on Sanchez and picks up a booking, that looks like a sore one for the Spurs centre-back.
Another slightly interesting story off the field is that Dele Alli has disappeared down the tunnel since Mourinho made his fifth and final substitution. More transfer stories are incoming no doubt.
- GoalGiovani Lo CelsoTottenham Hotspur
GOOOAAALLL!!! Spurs have an iron-like grip on this game now and it's Lo Celso who has the second, sliding a tidy shot past the onrushing keeper after being played in by Harry Kane (yet another assist for the centre-forward). 2-0 and game over?
Harry Kane angles a header inches wide of the upright, and moments later it's yet another strong save by Beiranvand as Bergwijn has a crack from distance.
- OffLucas MouraTottenham Hotspur
- OnMoussa SissokoTottenham Hotspur
It's a fifth change for Spurs, with Lucas making way for Sissoko to add a bit to central midfield.
Son turns sharply on the edge of the box and stings the palms of the keeper with his shot. Moments later and Kane plays in Son again who forces a smart stop again. It could be a bit of a siege for the remainder of this game.
All of those changes have disrupted the flow of the game a little, so that gives us a chance to look back at that frankly ridiculous free-kick by Gareth Bale that set up the opener.
Interestingly Harry Winks went straight down the tunnel when he was withdrawn for Tanguy Ndombele. Was he injured, or was that a sign of frustration at being withdrawn? If it's the latter then you would suspect it might be a while before Mourinho picks him again.
- OffGareth BaleTottenham Hotspur
- OnHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
And it's Heung-Min Son on as well. What a trio of subs from Spurs, it's a real statement of intent from the hosts.
- OffCarlos ViníciusTottenham Hotspur
- OnHarry KaneTottenham Hotspur
And the goal is also Vincius's last involvement, with Harry Kane coming on in his place. Those are two very strong changes by Mourinho, who clearly wasn't happy with what he saw since the restart, despite that opener.
- OffHarry WinksTottenham Hotspur
- OnTanguy N'DombeleTottenham Hotspur
That's the last of the action for Gareth Bale, but the quality of the free-kick will have him smiling on the bench, it's probably among his best contributions since his return to Tottenham.
- GoalCarlos ViníciusTottenham Hotspur
GOOOAAALLL!!! Gareth Bale goes for goal from miles out with the free-kick, but it's a beauty, dipping and swerving just on target. The keeper makes a brilliant save onto the woodwork, but Vinicius is the only player who followed in and has the simplest of tap-ins to open the scoring.
Lucas Moura is brought down as he bursts towards the edge of the box, and Seck is a little fortunate to escape a booking for that challenge. One of Tottenham's assistants receives the yellow card instead for the strength of the remonstrations.
A deft flick by Vinicius fails to pick out Bergwijn as Spurs look to thread the eye of the needle. That move was started by Lo Celso, who has probably been Tottenham's best player on the night, running things in midfield and floating into some really dangerous areas.
- OffLior RefaelovAntwerp
- OnNana AmpomahAntwerp
Antwerp have made a change of their own, bringing on winger Ampomah.
- OffSergio ReguilónTottenham Hotspur
- OnSteven BergwijnTottenham Hotspur
So Bergwijn is on, meaning that Spurs will have even more attacking threat in the second half. It looks as if Lucas will slot into a more central role, with the sub and Bale either side.
- 2nd Half
Away we go again, and Spurs have indeed made a change, reverting to a back four and replacing Reguilon (who was admittedly impressive) with Bergwijn.
Jose Mourinho will not be happy with that first-half display, despite the clutch of half-chances. It'll be interesting to see what he does for the second half, maybe not four changes at the break but certainly one or two could be called for.
- End of 1st Half
The whistle goes with it goalless at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The hosts have been the better side, but haven't had it all their own way, with Antwerp creating one decent chance and enjoying plenty of possession. As it stands it will the Belgians who top the group and they will be the happier dressing room at the break.
Reguilon chases down a long pass down the Spurs left and appears to be fouled, but the ref waves play on, prompting the on-loan Real Madrid man to pound the grass in frustration.
Lucas plays in Vinicius as the two centre-backs track the run of Bale, but the keeper stands up well and makes a decent save on the angle, hurting himself in the process.
As it stands Spurs will be one of the unseeded teams in the last-32, meaning of course that they could face one of the big clubs lurking in the draw. They wouldn't be alone as a dangerous unseeded side, with Benfica probably the pick of the unseeded teams so far.
Bale somehow gets on the end of a threaded pass by Lucas, but the angle is too tight for a shot and his attempt at a dinked pass back across the face of goal is cut out by the keeper.
Lo Celso stings the palms of the keeper with a shot with the outside of his foot, moments after a Reguilon cross almost picked out Vinicius on the counter-attack.
Benavente's attempt from an angle is deflected into the side netting but he really should have done better there. A poor first touch pushed the Antwerp forward wide, otherwise he'd have been clean through on goal.
Bale and Lo Celso attempt a nifty one-two out on the Spurs right, but Antwerp see it coming a mile off and four players converge on the return pass to crowd out Bale.
Lo Celso floats in a cross that the keeper flaps at, almost allowing Vinicius a great chance at the back post. Another corner for Spurs prompts another flap from the goalkeeper, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul in the melee to spare the stopper's blushes.
- Yellow cardAbdoulaye SeckAntwerp
A deft turn puts Lucas into space and Seck takes one for the team to halt the Brazilian and pick up a booking for his troubles. That was a dangerous situation, with Lucas about to look for Bale, who was in space and making a clever angled run.
Lucas tries to slip Vinicius in behind after a bright move by Spurs, but the flag goes up.
Thankfully Tanganga is able to continue, so Eric Dier - who was stripped off and ready to go on the touchline - takes his seat back on the bench.
Tanganga looks to have picked up a nasty nock here in a pretty innocuous incident. The youngster seems to be in significant pain and is clutching his shoulder, which may well be dislocated.
The winner of this group will receive a seeding for the latter stages, meaning that they should, in theory, face weaker opposition in the next round. Antwerp went into this game two points clear of Spurs, so the visitors only need a draw to seal top spot.
Antwerp are top of Group J for a reason and have already shown that they won't be sat back looking for a draw tonight. The visitors commit numbers forward again, but Winks nips in to end the move with a rough but fair challenge.
Lucas jinks onto his left foot and attempts a shot from range, but it strikes Bale in an offside position and deflects wide. It didn't look like it was going to trouble the keeper in any case.
Bale and Lucas link up in the final third, but the ball gets stuck a little under the Welshman's feet and the attack breaks down. That was a promising sign however, particularly after the lacklustre attacking display by a very similar XI against LASK last time out.
Ben Davies, operating in the back-three this evening, slides in to make a crucial intervention as Antwerp threaten for the first time this evening, targetting the space between Doherty and Tanganga on the right of the Spurs defence.
Gareth Bale gets his head onto a Spurs corner and glances it towards goal, but he can't quite pick out the far corner. The Welshman holds his head in hands, but that would have been an impressive finish in truth, with three defenders putting pressure on him in the air.
Vinicius, who starts in place of Kane tonight, chases down a bit of a lost cause and receives applause from the home fans. This competition has provided an opportunity for the forward to bed in at Spurs... as it also has for Gareth Bale, who starts tonight on the right side of the front three.
- 1st Half
Antwerp, all in red, get the game underway. Spurs, in their traditional all-white European strip do indeed line up with a back five as suspected.
The players emerge from the tunnel at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and applaud the small band of supporters who have been allowed into the ground this evening. There aren't many, of course, but it's great to see fans back.
If Dele Alli can't get into what is essentially a second-string Spurs side you do have to question whether he has a future at Spurs. I think we can safely assume that Alli stories will be a dominant presence during the January transfer window.
Spurs make nine changes from the side that started against Arsenal on Sunday, with only Reguilon and Lo Celso remaining in the XI. It appears that the team will line up with three at the back, but there is no place for Dele Alli, who takes a spot on a very strong bench for the hosts. Antwerp name their strongest available XI, looking for a big scalp in north London.
Antwerp beat Spurs 1-0 when these teams met in Belgium earlier in the group and Jose Mourinho's side were poor last time out against LASK in a 3-3 draw. But you'd expect the hosts to have too much at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this evening, if they click into a decent gear.
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Tottenham against Antwerp. Both teams already know they have qualified from the group, but there's plenty still to play for, with tonight's game set to decide who will go through as group winners and receive a likely favourably route towards the latter stages.