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October 3, 2013 5:00 PM BST
Stadion Saturn — Ramenskoe
Referee:‬ B. Yildirim‎
Attendance:‬ 5662‎
 
 
 
Nacer Chadli 39′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham

First-half goals from Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli proved enough for Spurs to beat the freefalling Russian side to move to the top of their group in the Europa League

By Tom McKeown

  • Evgeny Pomazan
    4
    5
    2.50

    Evgeny Pomazan

    Untroubled for most of the match but could do nothing about Defoe's powerful strike or Chadli's guided finish.

  • B. Angbwa
    8
    6
    3.00

    B. Angbwa

    Launched a couple of dangerous passes over the Spurs defence and got forward well on the right but struggled when the visitors doubled up on the flank.

  • Ayodele Adeleye
    10
    7
    3.00

    Ayodele Adeleye

    Made a couple of telling interceptions in the box and stood firm as Spurs rarely got in behind apart from the two goals.

  • Ewerton
    2
    6
    2.50

    Ewerton

    Read the game well for the best part but was caught standing for both Spurs goals in the first half and that proved the difference.

  • Rasim Tagirbekov
    2
    8
    2.00

    Rasim Tagirbekov

    It was hard to tell if he was playing full-back or winger as Walker got in behind him so often and it proved costly as the Spurs defender set up the second goal. More disciplined after the break but hardly contributed.

  • Jucilei
    2
    8
    2.50

    Jucilei

    Tried to close down the Spurs midfield but found himself swamped and too often failed to provide protection for the back four.

  • Abdul Razak
    8
    6
    2.50

    Abdul Razak

    Largely anonymous but did help the hosts get behind Spurs in the first half and had more of an outlet for his passing when Traore came on.

  • Odil Akhmedov
    18
    6
    3.50

    Odil Akhmedov

    Very quiet in the first half but shifted wide after the break and looked a real threat, getting in behind Fryers and linking up well with Angbwa on the flank.

  • Pavel Solomatin
    5
    10
    3.50

    Pavel Solomatin

    Made a lively start, getting in behind the defence more than once and looking like Anzhi's best attacking option as he regularly switched flanks.

  • Serder Serderov
    5
    6
    2.50

    Serder Serderov

    Spent most of his time on the left-hand side and found space behind Walker, but could not produce a telling final ball before coming off early in the second half.

  • Islamnur Abdulavov
    2
    9
    2.00

    Islamnur Abdulavov Flop of the Match

    Very quiet in the opening period as most of Anzhi's attacks went through the wings and was unsurprisingly replaced by Traore at the break.

Substitutions

  • Ali Gadzhibekov
    2
    3

    Ali Gadzhibekov

    Replaced Angbwa late in the second half as Anzhi tried to shut down the flanks for Tottenham.

  • Andrey Eschenko
    5
    4
    3.00

    Andrey Eschenko

    Replaced Serderov early in the second half and was involved straight away, getting well forward on the left-hand side and firing in some dangerous balls.

  • Lacina Traore
    18
    4
    3.50

    Lacina Traore

    Replaced Abdulavov at half-time despite nursing a shoulder injury and immediately added another dimension, linking up play well and adding some power to the front line.

  • Hugo Lloris
    29
    8
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    A relatively comfortable opening for the Spurs shot-stopper as Anzhi failed to trouble him save for the odd blocked cross but he looked strong when called upon as the hosts grew in the second half.

  • Kyle Walker
    21
    9
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Often remembered more for his attacking prowess than his defensive ability and, once again, that was the case as he looked devastating going forward - but he did leave Chiriches exposed a couple of times.

  • Younes Kaboul
    29
    6
    3.00

    Younes Kaboul

    Reasonably solid at the back - and needed to be, with Chiriches looking nervous. Caught out by a couple of high balls early on but covered Fryers well out wide before going off injured.

  • Ezekiel Fryers
    14
    12
    2.50

    Ezekiel Fryers

    Looked very comfortable in the first half but had a lot to deal with in Ahmedov and Angbwa after the break, needing help from Kaboul more than once.

  • Vlad Iulian Chiricheş
    70
    15
    2.50

    Vlad Iulian Chiricheş

    A shaky performance as he struggled to deal with Anzhi's long balls and generally looked nervy but recovered well from his mistakes more than once.

  • Lewis Holtby
    69
    16
    4.00

    Lewis Holtby Top of the Match

    Lovely ball for Defoe for the opener before sliding another through for Walker in the build-up to the second. Constantly found gaps and saw dangerous passes but drifted out of the game slightly in the second half and came off with just over 10 minutes left.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    52
    5
    3.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Ran the show in midfield for Spurs, helping them dominate in the middle of the park as he closed the Anzhi players down while showing some superb close control on the ball.

  • Nacer Chadli
    37
    6
    3.00

    Nacer Chadli

    Reasonably quiet in the opening period but still saw plenty of the ball as Spurs dominated. Took his goal well with a cool finish but left Fryers isolated on a few occasions.

  • Sandro
    35
    8
    3.50

    Sandro

    A real powerhouse in the Spurs midfield, the Brazilian was very often the passer before Holtby's killer ball and was always tracking back.

  • Jermain Defoe
    30
    5
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Played a very quiet role as Spurs struggled to get in behind too often but took his goal as emphatically as you would expect.

  • Erik Lamela
    51
    12
    2.50

    Erik Lamela

    A hit-and-miss performance from the stylish midfielder. Popped up in all areas of the pitch, showing good touches, but his passing was often loose.

Substitutions

  • Michael Dawson
    14
    9
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    Came on for the injured Kaboul with 20 minutes left and had to look sharp straight away with Traore looking threatening, and he coped well with any danger.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    14
    9
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Replaced Lamela in the second half and shored up the midfield as Spurs saw out the game comfortably.

  • Christian Eriksen
    29
    10

    Christian Eriksen

    Came on for Holtby late on and had one push forward but did not get involved as Spurs surrendered most of the possession.

Results
Group A Matchday 2
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