Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Match info: Europa League - Group K at

Date: 24/10/2013 KO: 18:00 Ref: Liran Liany Att: 14,300

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Sh Tiraspol



Jan Vertonghen 12
Jermain Defoe 75

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • The final whistle goes and Tottenham have strengthened their grip on top spot in Europa League Group K thanks to a 2-0 away win. They have been made to work hard by a spirited FC Sheriff side but an early goal from Vertonghen and Defoe's late strike, which brought him level with a club record, have made the difference.

  • Naughton is back on the pitch but does not look entirely comfortable and Spurs would be advised not to give him too many passes.

  • Isa, who has been a constant menace up front, is replaced for the closing stages by Paireli.

  • Naughton staggers over to the touchline after suffering a knock and Spurs may have to see out the final few minutes with just ten men as they have used all their substitutions.

  • Tottenham's players are still full of energy as they launch a swift counter-attack, before Chadli loses control of the ball and concedes a foul inmidfield.

  • Fernando comes on for the final stages for Sheriff in place of Cadu.

  • Defoe is denied by a smart save from Tomic after receiving a clever pass from Holtby, but the flag is already up for offside.

  • Sheriff nearly grab a lifeline as Luvannor releases Isa with a defence-splitting pass but he pokes his shot wide of the onrushing Lloris and his left-hand post.

  • Holtby is a versatile performer capable of playing in an advanced role, but at the moment he has settled into a central midfield position.

  • Defoe's goal appears to have knocked the stuffing out of Sheriff, as Tottenham dominate possession and make their opponents chase shadows.

  • Villas-Boas shuffles his pack for a third and final time as he brings on Holtby for Sandro.

  • GOAL! Defoe doubles Tottenham's lead with a fierce strike from 25 yards which takes a wicked deflection to guide it past a stranded Tomic. That is a big goal for Spurs and a big goal for Defoe, who has now drawn level with Chivers' club-record mark of 22 European goals.

  • Chiriches cuts inside from a deep position and sends a swerving shot high and side from long range, leaving Lennon to wonder why he did not pass it out wide.

  • Tottenham breathe a sigh of relief as Ricardinho shoots from 20 yards and the ball crashes into Dawson's back-hell, deflecting it agonisingly wide of Lloris' right-hand post.

  • Naughton gets forward on an overlapping run down the left and Chadli tries to play him in, but Sheriff's defence holds firm.

  • Moyal has to go off and it is Furdui who comes on in his place for Sheriff.

  • Moyal stays down after picking up a knock and signals to the bench that he needs some treatment from the physios.

  • Lennon has the chance to turn and run at the Sheriff defence for probably the first time and after a burst of speed he drags a low shot from 20 yards against Tomic's right-hand post. So close to a second goal for Spurs.

  • Dembele links up well with Defoe and then Chadli before Tottenham win a corner, which is easily cleared by the home side.

  • Tottenham enjoy another spell of possession in midfield but have generally lacked a cutting edge this evening and created very little apart from Vertonghen's goal.


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