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UEFA Europa League

  • August 22, 2013
  • • 19:00
  • • Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi
  • Referee: P. Van Boekel
  • • Attendance: 22500

Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham: Townsend shines in Georgian rout

Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham: Townsend shines in Georgian rout

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The winger finished with a goal and two assists while new signings Paulinho and Roberto Soldado also found the net as Andre Villas-Boas' men ran out emphatic winners

Andros Townsend stole the show as Tottenham thrashed Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 at the Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadion on Thursday.

The 22-year-old finished the match with a goal and two assists, as Spurs left themselves in a strong position to qualify for the Europa League group stages with a commanding display.

Townsend opened the scoring with a fine solo goal before providing a pin-point cross for Paulinho to make it 2-0 before half-time.

And Spurs pressed home their dominance after the break as Roberto Soldado netted either side of a fine Danny Rose effort.

By Gill Clark

Andre Villas-Boas may struggle to wipe the grin off his face after Tottenham ran out impressive winners in Tbilisi.

There were many positives for Spurs, but none more so than the performance of Andros Townsend who was the star of the show, opening the scoring and setting up two more.

The new signings also played a huge part, record buy Roberto Soldado repaid another chunk of his transfer fee by scoring twice, Paulinho also netted while Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli helped Spurs simply tear Tbilisi to shreds.
Andre Villas-Boas handed a full debut to Etienne Capoue, while fellow signings Paulinho and Soldado were named in a strong starting XI.

Tbilisi featured former Valencia and Levante winger Xisco Munoz in their line-up.

The Georgian outfit looked to make home advantage count in the early stages and they had the ball in the back of net in the sixth minute but were denied as Xisco had strayed offside on the left flank.

As Tottenham began to settle they started to enjoy the majority of possession and the away side took the lead with a fine counter-attacking move.

A Tbilisi corner was cleared by Gylfi Sigurdsson before Townsend took ownership in midfield. He sprinted from inside his own half before striking hard into the bottom right-hand corner from 25-yards.

Tottenham continued to press but they had Hugo Lloris to thank for keeping the scores level on 25 minutes. Davit Kvirkvelia crossed from the left and Jaba Dvali diverted the header goalwards but the Frenchman got a strong hand to the effort to send the ball out for a corner.

Xisco was withdrawn for Tbilisi with what looked like a hamstring injury, and their situation worsened when Tottenham made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute.

Townsend made progress down the right before cutting onto his favoured left foot and hanging his cross in the air where Paulinho had timed his run well to head beyond Giorgi Loria from eight yards out.

After a slow start to the second half Townsend once again lit up the tie by grabbing another assist in the 58th minute.

The winger showed electric pace to burst down the right-hand side to leave Oleg Gvelesiani trailing in his wake. He got to the byeline before laying the perfect pass to Soldado who coolly slotted home the third.

Two goals in as many minutes followed to leave the home side reeling.

First Nacer Chadli laid the ball into the patch of Rose who curled a stunning left-footed strike into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards.

And Chadli was involved again in the 67th minute when he crossed into the six-yard box for Soldado to tap home his second of the night.

Soldado was replaced by Harry Kane with 20 minutes remaining and the youngster almost grabbed a sixth when he headed against the post from Chadli's centre.

Villas-Boas may now take the opportunity to utilise the depth of his squad when they host the return leg at White Hart Lane on Thursday August 29.