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Played
November 8, 2013 1:35 AM IST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ K. Hansen‎
Attendance:‬ 32225‎
 
60′ Erik Lamela
I. Isa 72′
67′ (PG) Jermain Defoe
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff

Erik Lamela was the star grabbing a goal and winning a penalty for Jermain Defoe as Spurs finally broke down their Moldovan visitors to secure qualification for the knockout phase

By Jay Jaffa at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    2
    1
    2.50

    Brad Friedel

    Became the Europa League's oldest player tonight but could have done better for the Sheriff goal as he parried a soft shot back into play.

  • Kyle Walker
    6
    1
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Constant outlet at right back and rarely had to track back and defend his flank. Put in a number of good crosses but couldn't react quickly enough to prevent Sheriff stabbing home their goal.

  • Younes Kaboul
    3
    1
    3.00

    Younes Kaboul

    Couple of sloppy moments put Spurs in trouble but recovered well, especially with Ricardinho in on goal.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    4
    1
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Steady at centre-back and rarely over-elaborated in possession. Was caught out once and Spurs were almost punished but otherwise did well.

  • Kyle Naughton
    3
    1
    2.50

    Kyle Naughton

    Not a standout showing from the right-footed left back but was neat and tidy. Never one to over-complicate matters, for good or bad.

  • Etienne Capoue
    5
    1
    3.00

    Etienne Capoue

    Made his return after two months out injured adding presence to the Tottenham midfield. Intercepted and passed well before being replaced just before the hour.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    4
    1
    3.00

    Mousa Dembélé

    Strong performance in the middle in both attack and defence. Beat three players and drew a good stop from Tomic in the opening stages. Otherwise recycled possession well.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    3
    1
    2.50

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Not his finest evening but he did a respectable job largely from the left flank. No chances to speak of but kept possession well. Subbed for Kane with 20 to go.

  • Christian Eriksen
    5
    1
    3.00

    Christian Eriksen

    Had a mixed game, giving the ball away a couple of times in key positions in the first half. Improved in the second, almost finding the top corner from 30 yards before helping tee up Lamela for the opener. Subbed for Holtby late on.

  • Jermain Defoe
    4
    1
    2.50

    Jermain Defoe

    Quiet, very quiet. Had the best chance of the first half but completely missed the ball from six yards. Made amends by slamming a penalty home to become the club's top scorer in European competition with 23.

  • Erik Lamela
    23
    1
    4.00

    Erik Lamela Top of the Match

    The best player on the pitch. Finally beginning to show his worth at Spurs and was a constant threat from wide, sweeping home the opening goal from 12 yards before dazzling his way past three defenders and winning a penalty.

Substitutions

  • Paulinho
    3
    2
    3.00

    Paulinho

    Introduced for Capoue and had a couple of chances arriving late in the box, volleying one over and scissor-kicking another just over the bar.

  • Lewis Holtby
    3
    1
    2.50

    Lewis Holtby

    On for Eriksen with 10 to play and kept Spurs ticking along.

  • Harry Kane
    2
    1
    2.50

    Harry Kane

    Came on with 20 to play for Sigurdsson but struggled to get involved from the left flank.

  • Vjekoslav Tomic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vjekoslav Tomic

    Made a solid stop from an early Dembele effort and looked confident all night. His highlight was a stunning tip over from Eriksen's 30-yarder. Had no chance with the two goals.

  • M. Metoua
    0
    0
    3.00

    M. Metoua

    The centre-back looked strong and did what he could to keep Defoe quiet. Lost him on one occasion but was otherwise pretty solid.

  • Djibril Tamsir Paye
    1
    0
    1.50

    Djibril Tamsir Paye Flop of the Match

    Got away with a trip on Lamela in the box before repeating the feat in the second half as the Argentine whizzed past him. Was also the unlucky man to deflect Eriksen's pass into Lamela's path.

  • Miral Samardzic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Miral Samardzic

    Partnered Paye at the back and also did well. The pair rarely gave Defoe a sniff of goal and can be commended for that.

  • Cadú
    0
    0
    2.50

    Cadú

    Played just off Kadu and had a hand in the goal drawing the first save from Friedel. Subbed for Pascenko.

  • Wilfred Balima
    0
    0
    2.50

    Wilfred Balima

    The right-back kept Sigurdsson in check and covered well when he was required. Had more difficulty when Lamela moved over but did ok.

  • Kobi Moyal
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kobi Moyal

    Little general in midfield for Sheriff, always barking orders at those around him. Sat deep and gave good protection to his defence before being replaced.

  • Marko Stankovic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marko Stankovic

    Partnered Moyal in midfield and helped provide a defensive screen. Not the finest ball player but was reliable.

  • Ricardinho
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ricardinho

    Looked a threat when Sheriff broke and set up Isa to hit the post before intercepting and shooting just wide himself. Missed another great chance and did give Naughton the runaround.

  • I. Isa
    1
    0
    3.00

    I. Isa

    Had a lot of leg work to do as the lone forward but struck the outside of the post with his first chance. Did excellently to pounce on a rebound to bring Sheriff back into the game.

  • Henrique
    0
    1
    2.00

    Henrique

    Pretty anonymous on the left flank but did see a shot well saved by Friedel when he did drift inside.

Substitutions

  • Valentin Furdui
    0
    0
    2.00

    Valentin Furdui

    Replaced Moyal to provide more legs in midfield and did what he could.

  • Alexandr Paşcenco
    0
    0
    2.00

    Alexandr Paşcenco

    Came on for Kadu but was largely anonymous.

  • Jhulliam
    0
    0

    Jhulliam

    Late sub for Henrique

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