Spurs hit Cypriots for six
Tottenham Hotspur thumped Cypriot outfit Anorthosis Famagusta 6-1 in the first round of the Uefa Cup.
Last Updated: 20/09/07 11:20pm
Spurs hit six goals past Cypriot outfit Anorthosis Famagusta in the first round of the Uefa Cup in a White Hart Lane romp.
Jermain Defoe's magnificent brace were the pick of the goals in the 6-1 victory, which will ease the pressure on Spurs boss Martin Jol.
Other goals from Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, Robbie Keane and Darren Bent completed the rout, while Anton Zlogar hit a consolation for Anorthosis.
Jol will hope this performance will act as a springboard to galvanise Spurs' indifferent form in the league.
Kaboul set them on their way in the fifth minute. Tom Huddlestone swung a corner in and the French centre-back ran across the Famagusta defence and glanced his header inside the unmanned far post.
Spurs always threatened a second - Bent had a decent penalty shout and Robbie Keane forced a save - and the wheels fell off for the Cypriots after the hosts doubled the lead.
Michael Dawson grabbed the second when he stabbed home from close range after Pascal Chimbonda headed down Keane's corner.
Two minutes late Keane got in on the act when he received Ekotto's pass from the left, turned and finished neatly.
Bent added a fourth in the 43rd minute when Lambros Lambrou's clearance went past his own goalkeeper, giving the Spurs striker an open goal.
Jol brought on Defoe in the 63rd minute and the striker received a standing ovation.
There was an even bigger cheer when he grabbed his goal two minutes later with his first touches.
The out-of-favour striker steadied himself on the edge of the area and delicately chipped into the top corner.
Anton Zlogar pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining when Spurs failed to clear a cross and he poked into the bottom corner.
Defoe added his second at the end of the game when he cut in and curled into the top corner from 25 yards, leaving the goalkeeper motionless.
|Tottenham Hotspur||Team Statistics||Anorthosis Famagusta|
|4||1st Half Goals||0|
|11||Shots on Target||2|
|11||Shots off Target||4|