PARIS, Aug 29, (AFP): Tottenham and Inter Milan on Thursday qualified for the Europa League group stage draw but among those failing to make it across the play-off line were Lyon and Real Sociedad. Also missing from Friday’s draw in Monaco were Hull City, Spurs’ Premier League rivals who agonisingly on their first European adventure lost out on away goals to Belgian outfit Lokeren. “That’s European football...we’ve experienced it and what it’s all about, the frustrations, the disappointments, the away goal rule...,” Hull boss Steve Bruce said. “To go out the way we did is the worst, away goals, but that’s the competition. That’s what playing in Europe is like.” Tottenham continued their bright start to the season with a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane over Cypriot outfit Limassol earning them a 5-1 aggregate victory.
The goals in an impressive showing by the north Londoners came from Harry Kane, who also had a penalty saved, Paulinho and Andros Townsend. The play-off success extended new manager Maurico Pochettino’s winning streak to four matches in all competitions since his arrival from Southampton in the close-season. “Always when Tottenham enter the competition we need to go as far as possible. We try, step by step,” said the new boss. Tottenham won a penalty when Karim Fegrouch brought down Kyle Naughton with just six minutes on the clock. The AEL goalkeeper was taken to hospital after receiving a nasty-looking knee to the head in the collision, but his replacement Pulpo Romero kept out Kane’s spot-kick.