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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sheriff Tiraspol 0-2 Tottenham

Sheriff Tiraspol0
Tottenham2
Vertonghen 12′Defoe 75′
  • FT 90 +4
  • HT 0-1
Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur moved a step closer to the Europa League knockout stages with a hard-earned victory away to Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.
Jan Vertonghen's header from Christian Eriksen's cross set Spurs on their way.
Vlad Chiriches produced a superb clearance to deny Henrique Luvannor an equaliser before Aaron Lennon hit a post on his first start for two months.
Jermain Defoe's deflected shot doubled the lead as Spurs made it three wins in three games in Group K.
The England international's 75th-minute strike moved him level with Martin Chivers's club record of 22 European goals.
Having disposed of Norway's Tromso and Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala without conceding a goal, Spurs knew a third group victory would confirm their place in the last 32 - if Anzhi's home clash with Tromso ended level.

Defoe's European goal rush

Jermain Defoe has scored eight times this season - six of which have come in the qualifying rounds and group stage of the Europa League.
It did not, but Anzhi's 1-0 win means Tottenham will reach the knockout stages if they defeat Sheriff at White Hart Lane on 7 November.
Villas-Boas will hope it is a more comfortable experience than the one he endured at the Sheriff Stadium.
The champions of Moldova have not won a group game in Europe for three years and must have feared the worst when Vertonghen beat captain Miral Samardzic in the air to power Eriksen's 12th-minute cross home, the Belgian's first goal since March.
Yet Vertonghen spent the rest of the half at the other end of the pitch as Sheriff put the Spurs defence under intense pressure.
The hosts would have been level in the 15th minute but for a superb piece of defending by Chiriches, the Romania international denying Luvannor an equaliser after the Brazilian rounded Hugo Lloris and rolled the ball towards an empty net.
Cadu, another Brazilian, had a goal ruled out for offside, Ismail Isa flashed the ball across the face of goal and Luvannor fired over the bar as the home side continued to press.
And there were anxious faces on the Spurs bench when Isa went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Sandro.
But Tottenham survived on a night when the result outweighed the performance - and it might have been more comfortable for Villas-Boas had Lennon marked his first start since the opening weekend of the season with a goal, twice going close to doubling Spurs' lead.
Defoe's goal confirmed the victory, though, and the Londoners reach the midway point of the group stage with a 100% record and yet to concede a goal.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (2) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Sheriff Tiraspol

  • 77 Tomic
  • 14 Balima
  • 22 Paye
  • 21 Moyal Booked (Furdui - 70' )
  • 26 Samardzic
  • 15 Metoua
  • 11 Cavalcante Mendes
  • 88 Stanojevic
  • 29 Isa Mustafa (Paireli - 88' )
  • 20 de Fiori Mendes (Gomes de Jesus - 84' )
  • 90 Henrique de Sousa

Substitutes

  • 07 Furdui
  • 12 Stajila
  • 16 Paireli
  • 17 Scripcenco
  • 19 Gomes de Jesus
  • 33 da Silva
  • 89 Pascenco

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 35 Fryers (Dawson - 34' )
  • 30 Sandro (Holtby - 76' )
  • 12 Chiriches Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 07 Lennon
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 18 Defoe
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 33 Lamela (Chadli - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Soldado
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 14 Holtby
  • 20 Dawson
  • 21 Chadli
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 24 Friedel
Ref: Liran Liany

MATCH STATS

Possession77%23%90minsSheriff TiraspolTottenham Hotspur

Shots

1211

On target

24

Corners

65

Fouls

1110

Live Text Commentary

Full time
Full TimeMatch ends, Sheriff Tiraspol 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
90:00+3:02Full time
Full TimeSecond Half ends, Sheriff Tiraspol 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
90:00+2:52
Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90:00+2:52
Foul by Fernando (Sheriff Tiraspol).
90:00+1:19
Offside, Sheriff Tiraspol. Miral Samardzic tries a through ball, but Vadim Paireli is caught offside.
90:00+0:55
Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).
90:00+0:55
Benjamin Balima (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
89:07
Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
89:07
Foul by Valentin Furdui (Sheriff Tiraspol).
87:40Substitution
SubstitutionSubstitution, Sheriff Tiraspol. Vadim Paireli replaces Ismail Isa.
87:11
Attempt missed. Fernando (Sheriff Tiraspol) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Djibril Paye.
86:59
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
86:24
Delay in match Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
85:54
Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).
85:54
Valentin Furdui (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
83:34Substitution
SubstitutionSubstitution, Sheriff Tiraspol. Fernando replaces Cadu.
83:09
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.
80:51
Attempt missed. Ismail Isa (Sheriff Tiraspol) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luvannor with a through ball.
75:42Substitution
SubstitutionSubstitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lewis Holtby replaces Sandro.
74:57
Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.