Europa League - Group K
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Tromso 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Andros Townsend

Tottenham overcame freezing temperatures in Norway to defeat Tromso and finish top of Europa League Group K.

They were guaranteed to finish as group winners after Anzhi Makhachkala drew 1-1 with Sheriff Tiraspol.

Tottenham took the lead in the second half when Vlad Chiriches's shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick cannoned in off Tromso's Adnan Causevic.

Mousa Dembele made it 2-0 soon after, slotting in from Sigurdsson's pass.

With qualification already secured and playing on an artificial surface in sub-zero temperatures, Tottenham could be forgiven for lacking the intensity they have shown in previous matches of the competition.

And it was not until after the hour mark that the visitors, without 10 rested first-team players, made the breakthrough against a side bottom of the group and recently relegated from Norway's top tier.

Tromso carried little threat and their one and only clear chance of the match came inside the first minute when Czech forward Zdenek Ondrasek screwed his low shot wide of the Spurs upright.

The Tottenham XI settled into the conditions after 15 minutes, and created three good chances of their own - one of which they should have converted.

All three fell to their midfielders, with England winger Andros Townsend stinging the hands of keeper Benny Lekstrom with a low drive before Frenchman Etienne Capoue saw his strike deflected narrowly wide.

Snow being cleared
A tractor cleared snow off the pitch before kick-off

Nacer Chadli then wasted the best opportunity of the half when Sigurdsson stroked a pass into the Belgium winger's path, who then scooped his shot into the snow-covered empty seats behind the goal.

Frustrations continued after the break, with captain Michael Dawson, Capoue and Soldado going into the book for poorly-timed challenges, but the visitors finally made the breakthrough in the 63rd minute.

Sigurdsson, who was arguably Tottenham's man of the match, delivered a precise low free-kick into the path of Chiriches whose effort struck defender Causevic and flew into the net.

And moments later, midfielder Dembele doubled the advantage with his first goal of the season when he coolly finished after a good move involving substitute Lewis Holtby and Sigurdsson.

The goalscorer should have added a second straight from the restart but struck the post with a low shot before slamming the rebound into the side-netting.

Line-ups

Tromsø

Formation 4-4-2

  • 27Lekström
  • 19FrantzenSubstituted forNorbyeat 68'minutes
  • 4Kristiansen
  • 17Johansen
  • 6Causevic
  • 3FojutBooked at 90mins
  • 15Andersen
  • 8BendiksenSubstituted forHelmkeat 76'minutes
  • 13Ondrasek
  • 5MoldskredSubstituted forEspejordat 71'minutes
  • 10Drage

Substitutes

  • 12Bakkelund
  • 14Norbye
  • 16Johnsen
  • 20Johnsen
  • 23Antonsen
  • 28Helmke
  • 30Espejord

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Friedel
  • 16Naughton
  • 35FryersSubstituted forVertonghenat 71'minutes
  • 19Dembélé
  • 20DawsonBooked at 51mins
  • 12Chiriches
  • 17Townsend
  • 15CapoueBooked at 55mins
  • 9SoldadoBooked at 56mins
  • 21ChadliSubstituted forHoltbyat 72'minutes
  • 22G SigurdssonSubstituted forLamelaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Vertonghen
  • 14Holtby
  • 33Lamela
  • 41Coulthirst
  • 43Fredericks
  • 47McEvoy
  • 56Archer
Referee:
Yevgen Aranovsky

Match Stats

Home TeamTromsøAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ruben Kristiansen.

  4. Post update

    Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Drage (Tromsø).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Tromsø. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Kristiansen with a cross.

  8. Booking

    Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Hendrik Helmke (Tromsø).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur).

  12. Post update

    Ruben Kristiansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Adnan Causevic.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Post update

    Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Roberto Soldado with a through ball.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Tromsø. Hendrik Helmke replaces Thomas Bendiksen.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

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