Football: Lamela's treble gives Spurs 4-1 win, spot in Europa League knockout stages

Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrating his hat-trick with Clinton Njie.
Tottenham's Erik Lamela celebrating his hat-trick with Clinton Njie. PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the knockout stages of the Europa League as winners of their group on Thursday as the likes of Fiorentina, Marseille and Anderlecht also progressed to the last 32.

Enjoying an excellent campaign in the Premier League, Tottenham clinched top spot in Group J by outclassing Monaco with a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane.

Erik Lamela was the hero for Spurs, the Argentine netting a first-half hat-trick to put Mauricio Pochettino's side out of sight before Stephan El Shaarawy got one back for the visitors.

Tom Carroll added the fourth goal for Tottenham late on, and they go through with Anderlecht, who beat Qarabag 2-1 in Brussels in the night's other game. Meanwhile, last season's Champions League quarter-finalists Monaco are out of Europe altogether.

Serie A high-flyers Fiorentina confirmed their place in the last 32 with a 1-0 win at home to Belenenses of Portugal in Florence, Khouma Babacar scoring the only goal of the game.

La Viola progress in second place in Group I behind Swiss club Basel, who were 1-0 winners away to Lech Poznan.

It was a good night for Italian clubs in the competition, with already qualified Lazio drawing 1-1 away to Saint-Etienne in France and Napoli making it six wins from six in Group D with a 5-2 thumping of Legia Warsaw.

In a game marred by trouble between rival fans, Nathaniel Chalobah, Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and a double by Dries Mertens handed Serie A's third-placed side a convincing win.

Augsburg joined fellow Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and Schalke in advancing by virtue of a 3-1 success against Partizan Belgrade in Serbia.

The home side took the lead but the Bavarians, struggling domestically this season, turned the game around with Hong Jeon Ho, captain Paul Verhaegh and Raul Bobadilla scoring.

Schalke ended the group stage unbeaten after a 4-0 victory away to Asteras Tripolis in Group K but already qualified Dortmund lost 1-0 at home to PAOK in Group C.

The German trio will be joined in the last 32 by Bayer Leverkusen, who were eliminated from the Champions League this midweek.