Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham: Defoe & Chadli strike in Spurs stroll

The duo both scored in the first half as the north Londoners built on their 3-0 win over Tromso at White Hart Lane with an assured performance against Gadzhi Gadzhiyev's men
Tottenham cemented their place at the top of Europa League Group K with a 2-0 win over Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala at Moscow's Saturn Stadium on Thursday evening.

Jermain Defoe opened the scoring, blasting the ball into the roof of the net to move to within one goal of Martin Chiver's European record for Spurs, before Nacer Chadli doubled the advantage six minutes later.

Despite facing more pressure in the second half than they had in the first, Tottenham's defence was rarely troubled, meaning the north London outfit are still yet to concede in their continental campaign and retain their 100 per cent record.

By Tim Poole
It was a case of so far, so easy for Tottenham on Thursday night as Andre Villas-Boas’ men strolled to a 2-0 win at Anzhi. The north London side now find themselves top of Group K, though they barely had to leave first gear to get there.

Jermain Defoe opened the scoring for Spurs after another brilliant assist from Lewis Holtby, before Kyle Walker teed up Nacer Chadli to make it 2-0. From then on, the result looked in no doubt, while unrest amongst the home supporters compounded a miserable night for the hosts.
Villas-Boas continued with his policy of playing Defoe in the competition after he scored twice against Tromso last time out, while Zeki Fryers and Vlad Chiriches made their first European starts for the club.

Anzhi had gone three games without scoring a European goal prior to the clash and named forwards Pavel Solomatin and Serder Serderov alongside Islamnur Abdulavov up-front, with Lacina Traore dropping to the bench.

After what was a subdued opening 10 minutes, Defoe had the first half-chance, firing just wide of Evgeni Pomazan's right-hand post.

Despite continuing to enjoy plenty of possession, Spurs struggled to break down a resolute Anzhi defence, with their next sight at goal coming courtesy of Lewis Holtby just after the half-hour mark.

However, the visitors' patience was rewarded when Defoe hammered home after 34 minutes; Holtby slid the England international in with a neat pass and he made no mistake, putting Tottenham ahead with his fifth goal in this season’s competition.

Summer recruit Chadli then extended the lead five minutes before the break with his second goal in a Lilywhite shirt; the midfielder coolly slotted past Pomazan after good work from Kyle Walker to put Villas-Boas’ men firmly in charge.

The Belgium international curled narrowly wide from outside the area shortly after the restart as he went in search of a second goal, before Andrei Eschenko forced Hugo Lloris into a save with his cross-shot from the left-hand side.

The French goalkeeper was called into action twice more in quick succession, as he first parried away a Solomatin shot before punching away the resulting corner as the hosts showed their attacking capabilities for the first time in the match.

Solomatin again threatened late on, this time with a dipping drive, but Tottenham saw the game out with relative ease to record back-to-back victories in Group K.