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Five goals on the South Coast, a surprise night off in East London and progress in North Macedonia but only after Tottenham noticed the goals in Skopje were too small.

Jose Mourinho was called onto the pitch before kick-off when his goalkeepers noticed during the warm-up there was something not quite right about the height of the crossbar.

'The goalkeepers live in the goals and they know,' said Mourinho. 'I am not a goalkeeper but when I spread my arms, I can tell the difference. We got the UEFA delegate to confirm, and it was five centimetres smaller and we demand for the goals to be replaced with goals of the right dimension.'

Harry Kane completed the victory with a powerful header from a cross by Son Heung-min in the 79th minute on Thursday

Harry Kane completed the victory with a powerful header from a cross by Son Heung-min in the 79th minute on Thursday

Son Heung-min scored the second goal by converting the rebound after Lucas Moura's shot was saved by the goalkeeper

Son Heung-min scored the second goal by converting the rebound after Lucas Moura's shot was saved by the goalkeeper

The Tottenham attacking duo proved the difference as Spurs secure a place in the Europa League play-off vs Maccabi Haifa

The Tottenham attacking duo proved the difference as Spurs secure a place in the Europa League play-off vs Maccabi Haifa

There were nervous times during the match for Tottenham but their superiority showed through late on

There were nervous times during the match for Tottenham but their superiority showed through late on

Both sets of posts were removed by stadium staff and replaced by different ones which were the regulation height.

Tottenham, having won the game with goals from Erik Lamela, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, clinched a place in the Europa League play-off against Maccabi Haifa, did not accuse Shkendija of skulduggery.

Mourinho was able to laugh about the incident. Overall, it has been a good week for him. Momentum is rolling after defeat against Everton on the opening day of the Premier League season.

'We did just enough,' he said. 'We didn't play magnificent. Just enough. And the players on the bench made a difference, gave us a different intensity.'

His forwards are scoring goals and, although they should have been more clinical in Skopje, his team are alive in all competitions, as they wait for the EFL decide what to do about their Carabao Cup tie at Leyton Orient, called off due to positive coronavirus results at the League Two club.

Shkendija's Valmir Nafiu fired a 20-yard drive into the top corner for the equaliser in the 55th minute against Tottenham

Shkendija's Valmir Nafiu fired a 20-yard drive into the top corner for the equaliser in the 55th minute against Tottenham

Winger Erik Lamela fired the visitors ahead early on in North Macedonia with a composed finish into the net

Winger Erik Lamela fired the visitors ahead early on in North Macedonia with a composed finish into the net

Son Heung-min teed up Erik Lamela, who picked his spot after being left unmarked inside the penalty area in fifth minute

Son Heung-min teed up Erik Lamela, who picked his spot after being left unmarked inside the penalty area in fifth minute

This had the hallmarks of a European stroll when Lamela collected a pass from Son inside a vacant penalty area and fizzed the ball past goalkeeper Kostadin Zahov, for his first goal since January.

After the scare in Bulgaria, against

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