Erik Lamela didn’t have much to shout about during his first couple of years at Tottenham – but the exquisite rabona goal he produced in the Europa League against Asteras Tripolis five years ago today was certainly one of them.
The Argentine had scored just once in 17 appearances under Andres Villas Boas and Tim Sherwood during 2014/2015, but when Mauricio Pochettino became manager, he finally started to show Spurs fans glimpse of his capabilities, no more so than in this group stage match against the Greeks back in October 2014.
With Tottenham leading 1-0 thanks to Harry Kane’s early strike, Lamela attempted audacious rabona effort from outside the area and it remarkably flew into the top corner for what is surely one of the greatest goals ever to have been scored at White Hart Lane.
But Lamela’s extraordinary goal is not the only moment that this Europa League game is remembered so fondly for. It’s also the evening that Kane finished the game in goal after Hugo Lloris was sent off late on
If you can’t remember the goal, take a look at the video below.
🤯 THAT @ErikLamela Rabona…
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 23, 2019