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September 20, 2013 12:35 AM IST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ L. Kovarik‎
Attendance:‬ 26581‎
 
 
 
 
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Lewis Holtby
Lewis Holtby
Tottenham
Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen
Tottenham
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Jaroslaw Fojut
Jaroslaw Fojut
Tromsø
Jaroslaw Fojut
Jaroslaw Fojut
Tromsø

Tottenham 3-0 Tromso: Defoe & Eriksen set Spurs on their way

The striker scored twice in the first half before the summer signing scored a stunner four minutes from time as the Premier League side saw off their Norwegian opponents with ease

By James Willoughby

Jermain Defoe, Tottenham Hotspur FC v Tromso IL - Europa League
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Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham's Europa League push started with a comfortable 3-0 win over Tromso on Thursday.

Spurs rarely got out of second gear at White Hart Lane as they strolled to victory in their Group K opener, with Defoe's first-half double proving crucial.

The 30-year-old has not started a Premier League match this season but showed no signs of lacking sharpness as he lobbed Tromso goalkeeper Marcus Sahlman with a terrific finish in the 21st minute.

And the England international scored his 20th goal in Europe for Tottenham just nine minutes later with a composed left-footed effort.

VIEW FROM WHITE HART LANE
By Jay Jaffa

On paper, Tottenham got the job done, but the reality was a little more frustrating. Spurs showed bright moments, often when Lewis Holtby or Erik Lamela got on the ball, but the game will be remembered (or not) for the lengthy spells of sterile possession.

Worse still, this was a game that came at a cost for Andre Villas-Boas as no fewer than three of his players left the pitch through injury. Mousa Dembele's looked the most grave and he was stretchered off with an ankle problem, although he did hobble past the mixed zone without crutches, while Danny Rose and Younes Kaboul could not continue either.

Ultimately it was a routine win as Spurs kicked off Group K confidently but Villas-Boas will know there are tougher challenges ahead, starting with Cardiff City on Sunday.
Substitute Christian Eriksen sealed the win in the 86th minute with a superb curling strike to open his account for the club as Tottenham won comfortably.

Injuries to Danny Rose and Moussa Dembele were the only negatives for Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, but this was as comfortable as victories come for the Portuguese's side.

Villas-Boas made six changes to the team that beat Norwich City 2-0 on Saturday, with Defoe, Erik Lamela, Lewis Holtby and Danny Rose among the inclusions.

It was still a Tottenham side that contained nine full internationals though, while Czech striker Zdenek Ondrasek headlined Tromso's three inclusions.

Spurs made a bright start to the match and Rose fired an early warning to the visitors when he skipped down the left flank, cut in and shot at Sahlman in just the fourth minute.

Holtby then put Defoe through with an excellent ball, but the England striker was denied by the legs of Sahlman, before Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson had attempts on goal.

Tottenham were in cruise control and the first goal came as no surprise, as Defoe scored his first of the evening with a clever dink.

Sigurdsson started the move by winning the ball back and a slick move finished with Defoe, after Lamela's first-time flick put him into space, and he calmly chipped over Sahlman to please the home crowd.

Younes Kaboul poked wide from a corner shortly after before Tottenham doubled their lead on the half-hour mark through Defoe again.

It was another expert finish from Defoe, who ran onto a smart Holtby ball before slotting past Sahlman with his left foot.

Sigurdsson then shot wide and Defoe had a curling effort saved as Tottenham continued to dominate.

Tromso sat back after the break, eager to avoid a thrashing, and as a result the hosts had even more time on the ball and the pace of the match dropped.

Defoe was flagged offside when a chance for his hat-trick looked likely, and Lamela and Holtby did not convert chances.

Morten Moldskred made an excellent run through the Tottenham defence but failed to produce an end product, while Fulham loanee Josh Pritchard fired over from distance for the visitors.

Tottenham's attempts for a third saw Sandro head straight at Sahlman while Paulinho had an effort blocked, before Eriksen opened his account for the club with an excellent strike from distance.

The 21-year-old curled a 20-yard effort into the top left corner, leaving Sahlman stranded to put the gloss on an easy win for the home side.


Tottenham

25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Danny Rose
Midfielder
39′
3.00
4
Younes Kaboul
Defender
3.00
16
Kyle Naughton
Defender
86′
3.00
20
Michael Dawson
Defender
3.00
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
30′ 71′
3.50
19
Mousa Dembélé
Midfielder
63′
3.00
22
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Midfielder
2.50
30
Sandro
Midfielder
3.00
18
Jermain Defoe
Striker
21′ 30′
3.50
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder
21′
3.50

Tromsø

2.50
-
Marcus Sahlman
Goalkeeper
1.50
-
2.00
-
2.00
-
2.50
7
2.50
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T. Bendiksen
Midfielder
46′
2.00
-
Thomas Drage
Midfielder
78′
2.00
-
Remi Johansen
Midfielder
2.50
49
Josh Pritchard
Midfielder
2.50
4
2.00
-

Substitutes

24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
3.50
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
71′
3.00
17
 - 
23
3.50
9
 - 
37
Harry Kane
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

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2.00
-
2.00
-
 - 
-
2.00
-
 - 
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Hendrik Helmke
Midfielder
 - 
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Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
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11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
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7 1
Alexander Meier Alexander Meier
Midfielder
Eintracht Frankfurt
7 1
Paco Alcácer Paco Alcácer
Striker
Valencia
7 0
Kevin Gameiro Kevin Gameiro
Striker
Sevilla
6 0