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Khazar Staduim (ATT 15,000) 3rd October 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Bulent Yildirim

A Mak'kala Anzhi Makhachkala vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham

A Mak'kala 0

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Tottenham 2

J Defoe (34)
N Chadli (39)

Europa League: Tottenham too strong for Anzhi Makhachkala with 2-0 away win

Last Updated: 03/10/13 10:51pm

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Tottenham celebrate their opening goal on the way to a 2-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala

Tottenham celebrate their opening goal on the way to a 2-0 win over Anzhi Makhachkala

Tottenham Hotspur took control of Europa League Group K thanks to a 2-0 victory over Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.

Jermain Defoe opened the scoring with a clinical finish in the 34th minute and Nacer Chadli turned in a Kyle Walker cross five minutes later to double Spurs' advantage.

Anzhi battled hard after the interval in an effort to get back into the game but Tottenham never looked like relinquishing their lead and held firm to maintain their strong start to the season.

Anzhi's big-spending was brought to an abrupt halt in the summer, leading to a dramatic fire sale that meant there were only three survivors from the side that started March's last-16 clash at Newcastle in the line-up, while Andre Villas-Boas rung the changes for Tottenham.

There was a subdued atmosphere at the Saturn Stadium in Ramenskoye on the outskirts of Moscow, 1,100 miles away from Anzhi's home after they were forced to play European matches elsewhere due to the current conflict in Dagestan.

A fair number of Anzhi fans had made the long trip north and looked set to be rewarded by an early goal, only for Pavel Solomatin to be adjudged - perhaps harshly - offside before he could round Hugo Lloris.

Spurs were soon on top, though, with Walker getting a lot of joy down the right flank as the hosts sat back.

Defoe hit the north Londoners' first chance of the night wide after 11 minutes, with Sandro attempting a similar effort soon after.

Villas-Boas' side were keeping possession with ease as the pitch began to cut up, with Anzhi resorting to hitting it long when they got the ball.

Lewis Holtby forced Evgeni Pomazan into action with a left-footed curling effort from 20 yards, before Tottenham finally found the opener in the 34th minute.

Holtby played a fine ball to Defoe in the box, allowing the striker to rifle home into the roof of the net and move one goal away from Martin Chivers' club record European haul of 24.

Five minutes later and Spurs seemingly had three points wrapped up. Again Holtby was involved, playing the ball out to Walker, with the right-back slipping the ball across to Chadli to sweep home his second for the club.

There could have been another as half-time approached, only for Defoe to miskick after a Walker pull-back.

Anzhi brought on reported Liverpool target Lacina Traore at the break and it led to an improved second half for the hosts.

Lloris reacted well to clear a low cross-shot from substitute Andrei Eschenko and then palmed over a drive from Solomatin, who slipped under a challenge from Younes Kaboul.

The French defender looked in discomfort immediately after the incident and was replaced by Michael Dawson for the last 20 minutes.

Long-range Chadli and Holtby efforts were all Spurs had to show for their second-half display, before Defoe fired wildly over in the 83rd minute.

Lloris parried away a Solomatin effort as Anzhi searched for a late consolation goal, which never came as Spurs held out for a decent win in tough conditions.



Anzhi MakhachkalaTeam StatisticsTottenham Hotspur
0Goals2
01st Half Goals2
2Shots on Target5
3Shots off Target3
1Blocked Shots0
8Corners0
7Fouls9
1Offsides1
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
75.7Passing Success87.4
29Tackles18
65.5Tackles Success88.9
33.7Possession66.3
47.1Territorial Advantage52.9
379Total Passes777
21Total Crosses4
157Lost Balls150
73Recoveries82
251st Half Poss.75
39.92nd Half Poss.60.1

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Matches

  • Europa League

    Thu 3rd Oct - Group A
    Thu 3rd Oct - Group K
    • A Mak'kala
      0 - 2
      Tottenham
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    • Tromso
      1 - 1
      Sh Tiraspol
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    Thu 3rd Oct - Group L
    • S Karaganda
      2 - 2
      Maccabi Haifa
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    • AZ Alkmaar
      1 - 1
      PAOK S'nika
      bet
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    Thu 3rd Oct - Group D
    Thu 3rd Oct - Group G
    • Rapid Vienna
      2 - 2
      Dynamo Kiev
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    • Genk
      2 - 1
      FC Thun
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    Thu 3rd Oct - Group H
    Thu 3rd Oct - Group I
    Thu 3rd Oct - Group J
    • Trabzonspor
      3 - 3
      Lazio
      bet
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    • Leg Warsaw
      0 - 1
      A Limassol
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    Thu 3rd Oct - Group B
    Thu 3rd Oct - Group C
    Thu 3rd Oct - Group F
    • Bordeaux
      1 - 2
      Mac Tel Avi
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    • Apoel Nicosia
      0 - 3
      Frankfurt
      bet
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    Thu 3rd Oct - Group E
    • P Ferreira
      1 - 1
      P Targu-Jiu
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      TV
    • Dnipro
      1 - 2
      Fiorentina
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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Villarreal 3 7
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 3 5
3 Apollon Limassol 3 3
4 FC Zurich 3 1

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Torino 3 7
2 Club Brugge 3 5
3 FC Copenhagen 3 4
4 HJK Helsinki 3 0

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Besiktas 3 5
2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 5
3 Asteras Tripoli 3 4
4 Partizan Belgrade 3 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 3 7
2 Red Bull Salzburg 3 7
3 Dinamo Zagreb 3 3
4 FC Astra Giurgiu 3 0

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 3 9
2 PSV Eindhoven 3 4
3 Estoril 3 3
4 Panathinaikos 3 1

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 3 7
2 Karabakh-Azersun 3 4
3 St Etienne 3 3
4 Dnipro 3 1

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 3 5
2 Standard Liege 3 4
3 Rijeka 3 4
4 Feyenoord 3 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 3 5
2 Wolfsburg 3 4
3 Lille 3 3
4 Krasnodar 3 2

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sparta Prague 3 6
2 BSC Young Boys Bern 3 6
3 Napoli 3 6
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 3 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 FC Steaua Bucuresti 3 6
2 Dynamo Kiev 3 6
3 Aalborg BK 3 6
4 Rio Ave 3 0

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 3 9
2 Guingamp 3 4
3 PAOK Salonika 3 3
4 Dinamo Minsk 3 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 3 9
2 Trabzonspor 3 6
3 Lokeren SNW 3 3
4 Metalist Kharkiv 3 0