Lucas Moura scored the first hat-trick at Tottenham’s new stadium as Spurs reclaimed third spot in the Premier League for 24 hours at least with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Huddersfield.
With Harry Kane injured and Heung-Min Son rested ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino made seven changes, challenging his fringe players to maintain Spurs’ top-four challenge.
And Moura delivered, scoring his first in devastating fashion after Victor Wanyama’s opener, before completing his treble with clincal strikes in the final three minutes.
Relegated Huddersfield mounted a rally before Moura’s late double as Juninho Bacuna’s free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar by Hugo Lloris, but Spurs’ victory was never in doubt as they moved a point and place above Chelsea ahead of their trip to Liverpool.
An unnecessary sense of anxiety was generated inside Spurs’ new stadium as they failed to convert their early dominance into goals – but two strikes in 144 seconds lifted the mood in an instant.
Fernando Llorente had a hand in the opener, occupying two Huddersfield defenders and flicking the ball into the path of Wanyama, who showed great footwork to round Ben Hamer and convert his first goal of the season.
One quickly became two as Moussa Sissoko burst forward into space vacated by the stretched Huddersfield defence, chipped the ball through to Moura and the Brazilian fired Spurs’ second with a devastating finish.
Llorente glanced a header inches wide on 39 minutes and came even closer to adding a third in the early stages of the second half when he spun in behind the Huddersfield defence, plucked Juan Foyth’s long ball and sent a volley crashing against the crossbar.
Llorente saw another header drift wide on 65 minutes before Karlan Grant, after being released in behind the Spurs defence, failed to find a way past Lloris with Huddersfield’s first chance of the game.
Llorente was denied from getting in on the act by a brilliantly-timed block from Terence Kongolo on 71 minutes before Steve Mounie headed wide after being left unmarked in the Spurs area.
Bacuna looked to have pulled one back 10 minutes from time with a curling free-kick but Spurs captain Lloris diverted it onto the woodwork, laying the foundations for Moura to have the final word.
The Brazilian stroked home his second on the counter after Christian Eriksen found him in space on the edge of the area on 87 minutes, and he saved the best until last, thundering his third in stoppage-time as Spurs issued a statement of intent ahead of their two trips to Manchester.