Mousa Demebele put his Belgium compatriots to the sword in some style on Thursday, when scoring a stunning goal to hand Tottenham a 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League. The match was heading toward a welcome point for the Belgian Pro League side when Dembele struck a memorable winner with just three minutes remaining.
From a bouncing cross from the left flank, South Korean substitute Son Heung-Min touched the ball off perfectly into the path of his Belgium international colleague, who sent an unstoppable shot soaring into the top corner of the net with what is supposed to be his weaker right foot. Only 15 minutes earlier, Anderlecht looked like denying Spurs victory when Imoh Ezekiel equalized Harry Kane’s first-half opener at White Hart Lane.
But Dembele’s winner, his third goal in his last three games, means Tottenham move onto seven points and above Monaco at the top in Group J. Anderlecht, meanwhile, sit three points back, level with Azerbaijani champions Qarabag at the bottom. Tottenham can now secure a place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a victory at Qarabag on Nov. 26.
Tottenham will be hoping that Dembele can continue his scoring run when they take on north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.