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August 22, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadioni — Tbilisi
Referee:‬ P. van Boekel‎
Attendance:‬ 22500‎
 
 
 
Paulinho 44′
 
 
Danny Rose 65′
 
Top of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly
Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend
Tottenham
Flop of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly

Dinamo Tbilisi 0-5 Tottenham: Townsend shines in Europa League play-in rout

Tottenham has one foot in the Europa League group stage after rolling to a one-sided victory in Georgia, with Andros Townsend notching a goal and two assists.

 Andros Townsend of Tottenham Hotspur
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Andros Townsend stole the show as Tottenham thrashed Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 at the Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli Stadion in Georgia on Thursday in the first leg of their play-in tie for the UEFA Europa League group stage.

The 22-year-old Townsend finished the match with a goal and two assists, as Spurs left themselves in a strong position to qualify for the group stage with a commanding display away from home.

Townsend opened the scoring with a fine solo goal before providing a pinpoint cross for Paulinho to make it 2-0 before halftime. Spurs pressed home their dominance after the break as Roberto Soldado netted a brace on each side of a fine Danny Rose effort.

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 its lineup, and the Georgian outfit looked to make home advantage count in the early stage. The hosts 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 it started to enjoy the majority of possession and the away side took the lead with a fine counterattacking 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 it had Hugo Lloris to thank for keeping the score 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Xisco was withdrawn for Tbilisi with what looked like a hamstring injury, and the situation worsened when Tottenham made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute.

Townsend made progress down the right before cutting onto his favored 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 end line 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 centering pass.

Villas-Boas may now take the opportunity to utilize the depth of his squad when it hosts the return leg at White Hart Lane on Aug. 29.



Dinamo Tbilisi

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Giorgi Loria
Goalkeeper
3.00
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Darko Glishić
Defender
46′
2.50
-
2.50
-
2.50
-
2.00
-
3.50
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Givi Kvaratskhelia
Midfielder
2.00
-
2.50
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Irakli Dzaria
Midfielder
82′
2.50
-
Jaba Dvali
Striker
3.00
-
Xisco
Midfielder
42′
2.50

Tottenham

3.50
25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.50
3
Danny Rose
Midfielder
60′ 65′
3.00
16
3.00
20
3.00
4
4.50
17
3.50
15
Etienne Capoue
Midfielder
3.00
22
3.00
30
4.00
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
44′ 71′
4.00
9

Substitutes

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Tornike Zarkua
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
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15
Ustaritz
Defender
 - 
21
Dorin Goga
Midfielder
82′
 - 
-
 - 
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Giorgi Papava
Midfielder
46′
3.00
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D. Vouho
Striker
42′
2.50

Substitutes

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24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
35
 - 
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
3.00
46
Thomas Carroll
Midfielder
71′
4.00
21
Nacer Chadli
Midfielder
61′ 65′ 67′
3.00
37
Harry Kane
Striker
72′
 - 
41

Coach/Manager

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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
11 2
Jermain Defoe Jermain Defoe
Striker
Toronto FC
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