Tottenham Hotspur secured their place in the last 32 of the Europa League as a seeded outfit after beating Royal Antwerp to overtake them to top spot in Group J on Thursday evening.
Jose Mourinho rested the majority of his first-choice XI but did have to call upon the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Tanguy Ndombele around the hour mark to get the job done.
And it was really nothing more than a job done.
Spurs were rather underwhelming on the night, but it won’t matter as their impressive run of form continued.
Back-up striker Carlos Vinicius tapped in from close range after a long-range free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar before Giovani Lo Celso rounded things off with a tidy second goal.
Although Mourinho will have plenty more to worry about as several players struggled to take their opportunity, none more so than Lucas Moura, who once again let his manager down with another stinking performance.
It was pretty much summed up by the fact that he managed fewer passes (19) than the goalkeeper, Joe Hart (20), when he should have been contributing at the other end of the pitch immensely.
He was also rather lightweight winning just five of 14 duels (35%), was dribbled past twice and lost possession a team-high 17 times.
Alasdair Gold at football.london graded his display a five out of ten, and said: “Plenty of endeavour and runs with the ball with very little end product” which was echoed by the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, who claimed Moura was “quiet.”
The Brazilian star is earning a cool £80k-per-week in N17 and must do better as one of the north Londoners’ highest earners. It’s back-to-back midweek disappointments and that’ll do his chances of starting above Steven Bergwijn in the league no favours at all.