Wednesday’s performance was not a huge step up from what Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have delivered in recent times, but Lucas Moura’s second-half header was enough to seal their place in the quarter-finals. .
Much of the game suited the lack of form of both teams and the opening hour produced no shots on target. Harry Kane pulled wide from the start and found himself under tough high odds moments before the break.
In between, Spurs held possession comfortably but had little response to the hosts’ strong backline. Moura, in Bryan Gil’s place following an injury after 25 minutes, cleverly dribbled into a danger zone to miss Kane’s run and pass straight to a defender.
The second half saw the visitors recover from a touch, Giovani Lo Celso forcing Nick Pope to make a reflex save for the game’s first shot after the hour mark.
Fans outside were getting restless, however, and chanted that Nuno “made a sub” after waiting 84 minutes for a change at West Ham. The manager duly sent Son Heung-min and Tanguy Ndombele.
But it was his forced replacement, Moura, who scored the first goal after a cross from the impressive Emerson Royal.