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Tottenham 3 APOEL Nicosia 0: Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin N’koudou net first Spurs goals as Maurcio Pochettino’s men finish Group H unbeaten

OPPORTUNITY came knocking for Fernando Llorente last night and the veteran striker kicked the door wide open to his Spurs career. Spanish international Llorente had struggled to make any kind of im…

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OPPORTUNITY came knocking for Fernando Llorente last night and the veteran striker kicked the door wide open to his Spurs career.

Spanish international Llorente had struggled to make any kind of impression since his £15million summer move from Swansea.

Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente netted his first goal for the club against APOEL Nicosia

News Group Newspapers Ltd 7 Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente netted his first goal for the club against APOEL Nicosia

The Spanish forward celebrates after firing Spurs ahead at Wembley in the Champions League

News Group Newspapers Ltd 7 The Spanish forward celebrates after firing Spurs ahead at Wembley in the Champions League

But the man drafted in to lift some of the goalscoring responsibility from Harry Kane finally showed the sceptical Tottenham fans that that he is no Vincent Janssen or Roberto Soldado.

Mauricio Pochettino had declared before this final Champions League group game that: ‘This is a good chance to knock on my door and say ‘I’m here and I’m ready’.

And Llorente responded to that invitation with a clinical 20th minute strike to send Spurs on their way against an Apoel team who appeared to be doing their level best not to qualify for the Europa League.

Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has waited even longer for his breakthrough goal and must have feared he was never going to make his mark in the Premier League after 18 months in the Tottenham shadows.

South Korean international Son Heung-Min doubled Spurs’ lead with a glorious curling finish

News Group Newspapers Ltd 7 South Korean international Son Heung-Min doubled Spurs’ lead with a glorious curling finish

The 25-year-old reacts after netting his sixth goal of the season in all competitions

News Group Newspapers Ltd 7 The 25-year-old reacts after netting his sixth goal of the season in all competitions

But the young Frenchman took his inspiration from Llorente’s early lead to finish off a positive 90 minutes with a late deflected effort.

With first place in Group H already assured by unforgettable previous victories over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, this was always going to be a low-key affair.

But at least it allowed Pochettino the opportunity to rest some of his flagging superstars while giving the fringe players a taste of European football.

And nobody was more determined to make his point to the manager than the frustrated Llorente.

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho tells Manchester City to can the celebrations until they actually win something

JOSE MOURINHO has told Manchester City: Don’t sing until you win something. City stars hailed the 4-1 beating of Spurs with a video mocking Mourinho’s tactics, chanting ‘Park the bus, park the bus,…

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JOSE MOURINHO has told Manchester City: Don’t sing until you win something.

City stars hailed the 4-1 beating of Spurs with a video mocking Mourinho’s tactics, chanting ‘Park the bus, park the bus, Man United’.

 Jose Mourinho has been his spiky best latelyPA:Empics Sport Jose Mourinho has been his spiky best lately

But the Special One rapped: “We don’t do circus. We want to play until the last match.

“Last match in the Premier League, Watford at Old Trafford, mid-May. Until then, every match we go.

“If you do that question to us and then you do it to the third and the fourth and to the fifth and to the sixth, probably they disappear.

“Probably they want to go on holidays. We don’t want to go on holidays.”

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Mourinho sparked a 20-man tunnel brawl at Old Trafford last weekend when he confronted City players as they loudly celebrated their 2-1 derby win.

City’s taunt after Saturday’s victory over Spurs went viral on social media but Mourinho added:  “I didn’t see, I didn’t watch. I am not interested in doing that.”

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SPOTY 2017 voting figures: Anthony Joshua amazingly misses out on third by 18 VOTES – and where did Lewis Hamilton finish?

SIR MO FARAH won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in a huge shock in Liverpool. The running great, 34, retired from the track this year and picked up the big BBC prize for the first tim…

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SIR MO FARAH won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in a huge shock in Liverpool.

The running great, 34, retired from the track this year and picked up the big BBC prize for the first time in his career.

 Anthony Joshua is all smiles as Sir Mo Farah is named SPOTY 2017 winnerBBC Anthony Joshua is all smiles as Sir Mo Farah is named SPOTY 2017 winner

Farah was a 50/1 shot with the bookies before the end of year sporting bash.

Heavyweight boxing champ Anthony Joshua, meanwhile had odds as short as 1/8 to win. In the end AJ finished 18 VOTES away from a podium position.

 Unbeaten heavyweight world boxing champion Anthony Joshua was one of the favourites to win the main awardGetty Images – Getty Unbeaten heavyweight world boxing champion Anthony Joshua was one of the favourites to win the main award  Sir Mo Farah ended up winning the Sports Personality award ahead of Anthony Joshua and Lewis HamiltonPA:Press Association Sir Mo Farah ended up winning the Sports Personality award ahead of Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton

Full BBC SPOTY voting figures

Mo Farah 83,524

Jonathan Rea 80,567

Jonnie Peacock 73,429

Anthony Joshua 73,411

Adam Peaty 63,739

Lewis Hamilton 60,627

Chris Froome 47,683

Harry Kane 18,759

Anya Shrubsole 15,237

Bianca Walkden 13,962

Johanna Konta 7,591

Elise Christie 6,504

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in cash jibe at runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City

ANTONIO CONTE fears Manchester City will gobble up all before them because of the club’s mega-spending power. City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after spending £220million in…

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ANTONIO CONTE fears Manchester City will gobble up all before them because of the club’s mega-spending power.

City are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League after spending £220million in the summer.

 Antonio Conte fears Man City can afford to buy all the best playersGetty Images Antonio Conte fears Man City can afford to buy all the best players

Now they are ready with a £70m bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk next month as they power towards the title.

Chelsea boss Conte reckons it is not a fair fight on or off the field as a result. He said: “Every team, every club, must pay great attention.

“If a club like Manchester City takes all the best players, it will be very difficult for us to compete — not only in England but in Europe.”

Chelsea could rival City in the hunt for Van Dijk but the Etihad outfit are favourites along with Liverpool  to land the highly-rated Holland centre-back.

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Conte admits City boss Pep Guardiola has used his money well — even if their spending power has given the league leaders the edge.

Chelsea’s Italian boss said: “When you have this opportunity to go in the market to spend a lot of money, I think it is right to do this.

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“You must obviously be very, very good to spend your money in the right way. Sometimes you can spend a lot of money in a bad way.

“You must be clever to understand the positions you have to improve. Last season we did a fantastic job.

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