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August 29, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ L. Banti‎
Attendance:‬ 26189‎
 
 
45+2′ Jermain Defoe
 
69′ Lewis Holtby
 
Top of the Match
Thomas Carroll
Thomas Carroll
Tottenham
Thomas Carroll
Thomas Carroll
Tottenham
Flop of the Match
Elguja Grigalashvili
Elguja Grigalashvili
Dinamo Tbilisi
Thomas Carroll
Thomas Carroll
Tottenham

Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi (agg. 8-0): Defoe double as Georgian side is swept aside

The England international struck twice in the first half as the north Londoners strolled into the group stages of the Europa League, while Lewis Holtby netted a long-range stunner.

UEFA Europa League Play-Offs: Tottenham Hotspur FC v FC Dinamo Tbilisi, Jermain Defoe
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Tottenham enjoyed total domination against Dinamo Tbilisi in the second-leg of their Europa League playoff, as a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane on Thursday added to an already healthy advantage and sealed Spurs' place in the group stage.

Two first-half strikes from Jermain Defoe ended all hope of a miraculous comeback from the Georgian visitors, before Lewis Holtby wrapped things up midway through the second half with a controlled effort from distance. The London club will now take its place in the group stage of the Europa League for the third consecutive season, as it looks to build on last year's quarterfinal appearance.

Andre Villas-Boas handed a first start of the season to Defoe up top as Sandro made his maiden appearance in a much-changed starting lineup since suffering a knee injury in January. The visitors, meanwhile, made three changes from the first leg, with Levan Khmaladze, Dorin Goga and Vouho coming in for Darko Glisic, Jaba Dvali and Xisco.

Tottenham was desperately struggling for inspiration early, but its quest to break the deadlock was not helped by some bizarre officiating at the half-hour mark. Defoe darted into the box but was penalized for handball despite replays showing the ball had in fact hit the outstretched arm of a defender.

But Defoe would have his moment before the half was out, as he latched onto a Holtby pass before shifting the ball away from Giorgi Gvelesiani and smashing home from the edge of the box with his left foot.

And with seconds remaining in the first half, Defoe repeated the trick to double his side's advantage, finishing from close range after Gylfi Sigurdsson had ventured into the box brilliantly.

With Sunday’s North London derby clash with Arsenal in the Premier League undoubtedly in mind, Villas-Boas elected to replace Andros Townsend with young striker Harry Kane at halftime.

The change had no effect on the hosts' control of the game, with Sigurdsson hitting the side netting from distance before Spurs also moved to protect Kyle Walker by replacing him with Ezekiel Fryers. Sigurdsson came even closer to getting the goal his performance deserved with an hour on the clock, but could only strike the underside of the bar with a driven effort from 18 yards out.

However, Holtby would find more luck than his teammate soon after, as he hit the same part of the woodwork with a right-footed drive, only for the ball to come down inside the net to put the home side 3-0 up.


Tottenham

24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
57′
2.50
4
Younes Kaboul
Defender
3.00
16
Kyle Naughton
Defender
2.50
5
Jan Vertonghen
Defender
2.50
17
Andros Townsend
Midfielder
46′
2.50
22
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Midfielder
47′
3.00
46
Thomas Carroll
Midfielder
69′
4.00
30
Sandro
Midfielder
16′
2.50
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
40′ 69′ 76′
4.00
18
Jermain Defoe
Striker
40′ 47′ 90′
4.00

Dinamo Tbilisi

3.00
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Giorgi Loria
Goalkeeper
1.50
-
2.50
-
2.50
-
2.00
-
2.00
-
1.50
-
2.50
21
Dorin Goga
Midfielder
2.50
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Irakli Dzaria
Midfielder
2.50
-
2.50
-
D. Vouho
Striker

Substitutes

25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
 - 
35
2.50
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
 - 
15
Etienne Capoue
Midfielder
 - 
19
2.50
9
 - 
37
Harry Kane
Striker
46′
2.50

Substitutes

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Tornike Zarkua
Goalkeeper
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-
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2.00
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-
 - 
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Giorgi Papava
Midfielder
 - 
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Jaba Dvali
Striker

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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