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Erik Lamela's first-half hat-trick sees Tottenham cruise through as group winners

It was all too easy for Spurs at the Lane.

ERIK LAMELA HIT a first-half hat-trick as Tottenham clinched top spot in Group J of the Europa League with a 4-1 triumph over Monaco at White Hart Lane.

Lamela broke the deadlock inside two minutes before a goalkeeping howler gifted him a second after a quarter of an hour.

His third arrived shortly before the break, taking his tally in the competition this season to five.

Tom Carroll also scored for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as they stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches with a third successive home win in Europe.

Stephan El Shaarawy’s fine effort on the hour was no more than a consolation for Monaco.

The Ligue 1 side finish behind both Tottenham and Anderlecht – who defeated Qarabag 2-1 at home – in the final standings.
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