Tottenham took control of Europa League Group K with a second successive victory as they brushed aside a drab Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.

Jermain Defoe scored his seventh goal in four starts this season, shooting home from Lewis Holtby's precise pass.

Nacer Chadli swept home a low cross from Kyle Walker soon after to double the visitors' lead before the break.

Anzhi substitute Lacina Traore added some class to the hosts in the second half, but they still rarely threatened.

Defoe should have polished his personal goalscoring statistics late on, but dallied after rounding goalkeeper Evgeni Pomazan, allowing covering defenders to snuff out the chance.

Anzhi met Liverpool in the group stages last season, winning 1-0 in Moscow before losing by the same score on Merseyside, and were eventually eliminated by an injury-time goal from Newcastle's Papiss Cisse in the knockout stages.

Finding his feet

Erik Lamela's 79.5% rate of passing accuracy against Anzhi was the lowest of all Tottenham's outfield players.

Since then, though, billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov's enthusiasm for bankrolling the Dagestan club has waned with expensive foreign stars like Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Yuri Zhirkov all sold off.

By contrast, Tottenham spent the summer bringing in talent after selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for a world-record fee and Defoe, Holtby and former Roma playmaker Erik Lamela were among those in the line-up after not starting the weekend's draw with Chelsea.

However, the home side, and Pavel Solomatin in particular, made the brighter start, with the striker wrongly flagged offside before forcing Vlad Chiriches into a stretching recovery tackle.

Initially Tottenham could not translate possession into clear-cut chances, but once Holtby slid the ball through the Anzhi rearguard for Defoe to emphatically hammer into the roof of the net, the Premier League side were always in control.

Six minutes later Walker encountered little opposition as he advanced down the left before setting up summer signing Chadli to steer in his second goal for the club.

Defoe missed a chance to press his case for promotion into manager Villas-Boas's first-choice XI when he swiped thin air as the ball ran loose in the box.

Anzhi striker Traore, who signed from Kuban Krasnodar for a reported fee of £15.1m in February 2011 and is expected to join the exodus from the club in January, occasionally raised the encounter's sluggish tempo after coming on at the break.

The Ivory Coast international combined well with fellow substitute Andrei Eschenko to force Hugo Lloris into a hurried block with his shins and the Tottenham goalkeeper was stretched by Solomatin's smartly-hit effort shortly after.

But Tottenham secured victory without raising their game far beyond exhibition pace and their main concerns as the clock ticked down were a minor injury to Younes Kaboul and Lamela's indifferent performance before he was withdrawn in favour of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Anzhi Makhachkala

  • 01 Pomazan
  • 04 Angbwa (Gadzhibekov - 79' )
  • 13 Tagirbekov
  • 08 Da Silva
  • 24 Adeleye
  • 37 Almeida Santos
  • 25 Ahmedov
  • 29 Razak
  • 99 Abdulavov (Traoré - 45' )
  • 14 Solomatin
  • 28 Serderov (Eshchenko - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Eshchenko
  • 03 Gadzhibekov
  • 05 Grigalava
  • 10 Gatagov
  • 15 Demidov
  • 19 Traoré
  • 22 Kerzhakov

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker
  • 35 Fryers
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 12 Chiriches
  • 04 Kaboul (Dawson - 71' )
  • 33 Lamela (Sigurdsson - 72' )
  • 30 Sandro
  • 18 Defoe
  • 14 Holtby (Eriksen - 78' )
  • 21 Chadli

Substitutes

  • 09 Soldado
  • 16 Naughton
  • 20 Dawson
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 23 Eriksen
  • 24 Friedel
  • 37 Kane
Ref: Bülent Yildirim

Match Stats

Shots

6 8

On target

2 5

Corners

8 0

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Odil Ahmedov (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

90:00 +1:35

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

84:36

Attempt saved. Pavel Solomatin (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Odil Ahmedov.

82:08

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

78:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Anzhi Makhachkala. Ali Gadzhibekov replaces Benoit Angbwa.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Lewis Holtby.

77:07

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.

74:29

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Erik Lamela.

70:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Michael Dawson replaces Younes Kaboul because of an injury.

64:19

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:19

Foul by Lacina Traoré (Anzhi Makhachkala).

61:38

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

61:38

Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:50

Attempt missed. Jucilei (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

60:31

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

59:27

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

58:37

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

58:30

Attempt saved. Pavel Solomatin (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jucilei.

57:59

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

57:59

Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Anzhi Makhachkala. Andrey Eshchenko replaces Serder Serderov.

55:07

Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur).

55:07

Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:50

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

54:50

Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:43

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:43

Foul by Jucilei (Anzhi Makhachkala).

50:48

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

49:04

Attempt missed. Benoit Angbwa (Anzhi Makhachkala) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

47:14

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:14

Foul by Pavel Solomatin (Anzhi Makhachkala).

45:00

Second Half begins Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Anzhi Makhachkala. Lacina Traoré replaces Islamnur Abdulavov.

45:00 +0:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

41:53

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

41:53

Jucilei (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:00

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

40:55

Attempt blocked. Ewerton (Anzhi Makhachkala) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:43

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Ezekiel Fryers.

40:06

Foul by Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur).

40:06

Odil Ahmedov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

36:47

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

33:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a through ball.

31:50

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

29:15

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:15

Foul by Serder Serderov (Anzhi Makhachkala).

21:04

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

21:04

Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:22

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:22

Foul by Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala).

13:22

Attempt saved. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

12:23

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sandro.

10:19

Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:19

Foul by Rasim Tagirbekov (Anzhi Makhachkala).

9:06

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

9:06

Serder Serderov (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:29

Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Vlad Chiriches.

4:12

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

4:12

Benoit Angbwa (Anzhi Makhachkala) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:20

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:20

Foul by Abdul Razak (Anzhi Makhachkala).

2:49

Offside, Anzhi Makhachkala. Odil Ahmedov tries a through ball, but Pavel Solomatin is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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