Tottenham fans react on Twitter: 'Soldado scores from open-ish play!'

Tottenham Hotspur supporters respond with a mix of surprise and relief to Roberto Soldado’s two early goals against Anzhi, but had an idea of what was to come later on.

The Spaniard hadn’t enjoyed the most fruitful of runs since swapping Valencia for to north London to the tune of £26 million, finding the back of the net just once from open play ahead of Thursday evening's encounter, much to the frustration of all surrounding the Spurs camp.

Finding himself dropped by boss Andre Villas-Boas for the club’s last two Premier League contests against Fulham and Sunderland, Soldado cracked back into the starting eleven for Tottenham’s inconsequential final game of the Europa League group stage.

Still, an opportunity it was for the 28-year-old to reassert himself after experiencing life on the bench of late, and one that he took with aplomb.

Just seven minutes into the contest with Russians Anzhi Makhachkala Soldado turned home a clever flicked header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick before slotting in his second ten minutes later, assisted by fellow labouring summer acquisition Erik Lamela.

Midway through the second half he would complete his hat trick with a third goal, quite fittingly taken from, you guessed it, his beloved penalty spot.

See Spurs fans’ reactions on Twitter to Soldado’s early blitz below, followed by comments on his seemingly obligatory strike from 12 yards.

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

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