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Played
November 7, 2013 8:05 PM GMT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ K. Hansen‎
Attendance:‬ 32225‎
 
60′ Erik Lamela
I. Isa 72′
67′ (PG) Jermain Defoe
 
Top of the Match
Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela
Tottenham
Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela
Tottenham
Flop of the Match
Djibril Tamsir Paye
Djibril Tamsir Paye
Sheriff
Djibril Tamsir Paye
Djibril Tamsir Paye
Sheriff

Tottenham 2-1 Sheriff: Lamela & Defoe fire Spurs through to knockout stage

The Argentine netted his first goal for Spurs before winning a penalty which the Englishman dispatched as Andre Villas-Boas' men enjoyed a comfortable win

Erik Lamela Luvannor Henrique and Kobi Moyal Tottenham Hotspur FC v FC Sheriff - UEFA Europa League 11072013
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Jermain Defoe became Tottenham's all-time leading scorer in Europe as they beat Sheriff 2-1 to reach the last 32 of the Europa League.

The striker, who equalled Martin Chivers' record in the home win over the same opponents, scored a penalty to move on to 23 goals in continental competition to earn a place in the club's record books.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas side went into the game knowing victory would see them through to the next stage as they seek their first European trophy since the Uefa Cup triumph in 1984.

Tottenham won the previous encounter between the two sides 2-0 and they had little difficulty in making it a double against the Moldovan outfit. 

Erik Lamela gave the hosts the lead with a smart low finish 15 minutes into the second half, the Argentine scoring his first goal for the club, before Defoe's historic strike from the spot.

Ismail Isa did pull one back for the visitors but it proved inconsequential as Tottenham comfortably held on.

Etienne Capoue made his first appearance since September for Tottenham after recovering from an ankle injury, while Brad Friedel came in for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was rested after being knocked unconscious in the 0-0 draw with Everton last Sunday.

Tottenham looked to dominate proceedings early on, but they struggled to create chances, although Capoue should have done better when he dragged an effort wide after 10 minutes.

Sheriff looked to play on the counter-attack for the most part and they almost took a shock lead as Bulgarian striker Isa's deflected effort smacked against the right-hand post following a quick breakaway.

The hosts continued to dictate play in the closing stages of the half, Defoe failing to connect with Gylfi Sigurdsson's right-wing cross just before the break.

Sheriff defended well throughout, but they had their goalkeeper Vjekoslav Tomic to thank for keeping them on level terms as he produced a stunning save to prevent Christian Eriksen's fierce drive from finding the net.

However, Villas-Boas men did finally break the deadlock on the hour mark as Lamela turned smartly to fire home on the half-volley after Eriksen's pass had deflected into this path.

And victory looked to be all but confirmed seven minutes later, Defore etching his name into the history books with an emphatic penalty following Djbril Paye's clumsy challenge on Lamela.

Sheriff refused to lie down, though, forward Isa reacting quickest to a rebound at the near post after Friedel had saved well from Cadu.

A nervy finish was never on the cards, however, as Tottenham cruised to a deserved win.



Tottenham

24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
3.00
4
Younes Kaboul
Defender
3.00
5
Jan Vertonghen
Defender
3.00
16
Kyle Naughton
Defender
2.50
15
Etienne Capoue
Midfielder
58′
3.00
19
Mousa Dembélé
Midfielder
3.00
22
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Midfielder
69′
2.50
23
Christian Eriksen
Midfielder
52′ 81′
3.00
18
Jermain Defoe
Striker
67′
2.50
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder
60′
4.00

Sheriff

3.00
-
3.00
-
M. Metoua
Defender
1.50
-
2.50
26
2.50
14
Wilfred Balima
Midfielder
2.50
-
Cadú
Midfielder
73′
3.00
21
Kobi Moyal
Midfielder
61′
2.50
-
3.00
-
Ricardinho
Striker
3.00
-
I. Isa
Striker
72′
2.00
-
Henrique
Defender
88′

Substitutes

56
Jordan Archer
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
 - 
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
58′
3.00
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
81′
2.50
9
 - 
37
Harry Kane
Striker
69′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
12
Dmitri Stajila
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
2.00
-
 - 
-
Fernando
Midfielder
2.00
-
 - 
-
Jhulliam
Midfielder
88′
 - 
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Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Red Card
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  • Injury
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Results
Group A Matchday 4
Times In GMT
 
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