Europa League - Group K
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Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham took control of Europa League Group K with a second successive victory as they brushed aside a drab Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.

Jermain Defoe scored his seventh goal in four starts this season, shooting home from Lewis Holtby's precise pass.

Nacer Chadli swept home a low cross from Kyle Walker soon after to double the visitors' lead before the break.

Anzhi substitute Lacina Traore added some class to the hosts in the second half, but they still rarely threatened.

Defoe should have polished his personal goalscoring statistics late on, but dallied after rounding goalkeeper Evgeni Pomazan, allowing covering defenders to snuff out the chance.

Anzhi met Liverpool in the group stages last season, winning 1-0 in Moscow before losing by the same score on Merseyside, and were eventually eliminated by

Since then, though, with expensive foreign stars like Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Yuri Zhirkov all sold off.

By contrast, Tottenham spent the summer bringing in talent after and Defoe, Holtby and former Roma playmaker Erik Lamela were among those in the line-up after not starting the weekend's draw with Chelsea.

However, the home side, and Pavel Solomatin in particular, made the brighter start, with the striker wrongly flagged offside before forcing Vlad Chiriches into a stretching recovery tackle.

Initially Tottenham could not translate possession into clear-cut chances, but once Holtby slid the ball through the Anzhi rearguard for Defoe to emphatically hammer into the roof of the net, the Premier League side were always in control.

Six minutes later Walker encountered little opposition as he advanced down the left before setting up summer signing Chadli to steer in his second goal for the club.

Defoe missed a chance to press his case for promotion into manager Villas-Boas's first-choice XI when he swiped thin air as the ball ran loose in the box.

Anzhi striker Traore, who signed from Kuban Krasnodar for a reported fee of £15.1m in February 2011 and is expected to join the exodus from the club in January, occasionally raised the encounter's sluggish tempo after coming on at the break.

The Ivory Coast international combined well with fellow substitute Andrei Eschenko to force Hugo Lloris into a hurried block with his shins and the Tottenham goalkeeper was stretched by Solomatin's smartly-hit effort shortly after.

But Tottenham secured victory without raising their game far beyond exhibition pace and their main concerns as the clock ticked down were a minor injury to Younes Kaboul and Lamela's indifferent performance before he was withdrawn in favour of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Line-ups

Anzhi Makhachkala

  • 1Pomazan
  • 4AngbwaSubstituted forGadzhibekovat 79'minutes
  • 13Tagirbekov
  • 8Da Silva
  • 24Adeleye
  • 37Almeida Santos
  • 25Ahmedov
  • 29Razak
  • 99AbdulavovSubstituted forTraoréat 45'minutes
  • 14Solomatin
  • 28SerderovSubstituted forEshchenkoat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Eshchenko
  • 3Gadzhibekov
  • 5Grigalava
  • 10Gatagov
  • 15Demidov
  • 19Traoré
  • 22Kerzhakov

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 35Fryers
  • 19Dembélé
  • 12Chiriches
  • 4KaboulSubstituted forDawsonat 71'minutes
  • 33LamelaSubstituted forSigurdssonat 72'minutes
  • 30Sandro
  • 18Defoe
  • 14HoltbySubstituted forEriksenat 78'minutes
  • 21Chadli

Substitutes

  • 9Soldado
  • 16Naughton
  • 20Dawson
  • 22Sigurdsson
  • 23Eriksen
  • 24Friedel
  • 37Kane
Referee:
Bülent Yildirim

Match Stats

Home TeamAnzhi MakhachkalaAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
Attempt missed. Odil Ahmedov (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Attempt saved. Pavel Solomatin (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Odil Ahmedov.
Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Anzhi Makhachkala. Ali Gadzhibekov replaces Benoit Angbwa.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Lewis Holtby.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Erik Lamela.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Michael Dawson replaces Younes Kaboul because of an injury.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lacina Traoré (Anzhi Makhachkala).
Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).
Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jucilei (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.
Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.
Attempt saved. Pavel Solomatin (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jucilei.
Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).
Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Anzhi Makhachkala. Andrey Eshchenko replaces Serder Serderov.
Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur).
Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).
Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jucilei (Anzhi Makhachkala).
Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Lamela.
Attempt missed. Benoit Angbwa (Anzhi Makhachkala) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Pavel Solomatin (Anzhi Makhachkala).

Second Half

Second Half begins Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Anzhi Makhachkala. Lacina Traoré replaces Islamnur Abdulavov.

Half Time

First Half ends, Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).
Jucilei (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Kyle Walker.
Attempt blocked. Ewerton (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Ezekiel Fryers.
Foul by Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur).
Odil Ahmedov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

Goal!

Goal! Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a through ball.
Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Serder Serderov (Anzhi Makhachkala).
Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).
Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala).
Attempt saved. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.
Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sandro.
Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala).
Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Serder Serderov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.
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