Jermain Defoe scored a club-record 23rd European goal to give Tottenham victory over Sheriff Tiraspol and a place in the Europa League knockout stages.

The England striker scored a penalty to move ahead of Martin Chivers and add to Erik Lamela's first goal for the club.

Lamela finished calmly before earning Spurs their penalty when fouled by Djibril Paye after a mazy run.

The hosts' defence was breached for the first time in Europe this season when Ismail Isa scored, but they held on.

Still going strong...

Brad Friedel

Brad Friedel is the oldest player to play in the Uefa Cup/Europa League at 42. The previous record holder was FC Twente keeper Sander Boschker, who is still playing after making his debut for the club in 1989

There was a sense of relief mixed with inevitability when Lamela hooked home on the hour as Tottenham, with nine changes from their draw against Everton, had laboured towards an expected victory.

An uneventful first half gave hope to their Moldovan visitors, who have never won away in the Europa League, but a second-half double secured Spurs's sixth win in Europe this season and progression from Group K.

Andre Villas-Boas's side are through two games quicker than last season - and the win extended an impressive run of form which has seen them lose just twice in 18 matches.

Record signing Lamela was influential throughout and threatened tentatively in a first half void of clear openings for the home side.

The Argentine had a half-hearted penalty appeal turned down early on before a long-range effort from team-mate Mousa Dembele forced the first save of the game from Vjekoslav Tomic.

Spurs, though, struggled to penetrate the visitors and it was a quickfire break led by attacking midfielder Ricardinho which fashioned the half's best opening for the visitors as Isa's shot beat Brad Friedel but cannoned back off the post.

Friedel was deputising for Hugo Lloris, rested after being knocked out in the draw with Everton, and the 42-year-old was able to watch on as Ricardinho then shot wide from a good opening.

Spurs in Europa League

  • Dinamo Tblisi (A) 5-0 W
  • Dinamo Tblisi (H) 3-0 W
  • Tromso (H) 3-0 W
  • Anzhi (A) 2-0 W
  • Sheriff (A) 2-0 W
  • Sheriff (H) 2-1 W

Defoe could not turn home Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross on the stroke of half-time, but his and Spurs's fortunes improved as Lamela gained in influence after the break.

Christian Eriksen smashed a shot from range which drew a good save from Tomic before the Danish midfielder inadvertently found Lamela 12 yards from goal for the 21-year-old to finish crisply.

The former Roma player's weaving run into the area drew a touch from Paye seven minutes later, allowing Defoe to lift his penalty high into the net in front of the watching Chivers.

Five minutes later, Friedel could only parry Cadu's shot into his six-yard box allowing Isa to volley home a consolation, but Spurs comfortably held on and a point in Tromso in three weeks' time will likely prove enough for them to top the group.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 24 Friedel
  • 02 Walker
  • 16 Naughton
  • 15 Capoue (Paulinho - 58' )
  • 04 Kaboul
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 33 Lamela
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 18 Defoe
  • 23 Eriksen Booked (Holtby - 81' )
  • 22 Sigurdsson (Kane - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Lennon
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 09 Soldado
  • 12 Chiriches
  • 14 Holtby
  • 37 Kane
  • 56 Archer

Sheriff Tiraspol

  • 77 Tomic
  • 14 Balima
  • 22 Paye
  • 21 Moyal (Furdui - 60' )
  • 26 Samardzic
  • 15 Metoua
  • 11 Cavalcante Mendes
  • 88 Stanojevic
  • 29 Isa Mustafa
  • 20 de Fiori Mendes (Pascenco - 73' )
  • 90 Henrique de Sousa (Bonfim Pires - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Furdui
  • 12 Stajila
  • 16 Paireli
  • 19 Gomes de Jesus
  • 33 da Silva
  • 89 Pascenco
  • 99 Bonfim Pires
Ref: Kenn Hansen

Match Stats

Shots

19 7

On target

6 3

Corners

6 3

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Sheriff Tiraspol 1.

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Sheriff Tiraspol 1.

90:00 +1:39

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +1:39

Ricardo Cavalcante (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:51

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Miral Samardzic.

88:24

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:22

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

87:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheriff Tiraspol. Jhulliam Pires replaces Luvannor.

86:23

Corner, Sheriff Tiraspol. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

85:40

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

85:40

Marcel Metoua (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:49

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.

83:10

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

82:21

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

82:21

Foul by Djibril Paye (Sheriff Tiraspol).

80:56

Offside, Sheriff Tiraspol. Alexandr Pascenco tries a through ball, but Ismail Isa is caught offside.

80:21 Substitution

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

79:53

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:53

Foul by Miral Samardzic (Sheriff Tiraspol).

79:07

Offside, Sheriff Tiraspol. Alexandr Pascenco tries a through ball, but Ricardo Cavalcante is caught offside.

77:08

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

75:58

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

72:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheriff Tiraspol. Alexandr Pascenco replaces Cadu.

71:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Sheriff Tiraspol 1. Ismail Isa (Sheriff Tiraspol) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

71:04

Attempt saved. Cadu (Sheriff Tiraspol) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ismail Isa.

70:28

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Kyle Walker tries a through ball, but Paulinho is caught offside.

70:08

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Marcel Metoua.

70:06

Attempt blocked. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

68:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

67:49

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

67:49

Foul by Marko Stanojevic (Sheriff Tiraspol).

66:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Sheriff Tiraspol 0. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

65:38

Penalty Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela draws a foul in the penalty area.

65:38

Penalty conceded by Djibril Paye (Sheriff Tiraspol) after a foul in the penalty area.

62:47

Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

60:50

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

60:50

Foul by Ricardo Cavalcante (Sheriff Tiraspol).

60:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheriff Tiraspol. Valentin Furdui replaces Kobi Moyal.

59:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Sheriff Tiraspol 0. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

58:08

Attempt missed. Marko Stanojevic (Sheriff Tiraspol) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

57:36

Corner, Sheriff Tiraspol. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

57:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Etienne Capoue.

56:12

Foul by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur).

56:12

Miral Samardzic (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:18

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Vjekoslav Tomic.

55:16

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

53:39

Attempt saved. Luvannor (Sheriff Tiraspol) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ricardo Cavalcante.

51:48 Booking

Booking Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:44

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

51:44

Luvannor (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:52

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

49:52

Foul by Cadu (Sheriff Tiraspol).

48:19

Hand ball by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

47:12

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Djibril Paye.

46:16

Offside, Sheriff Tiraspol. Cadu tries a through ball, but Ismail Isa is caught offside.

45:29

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:29

Cadu (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 0, Sheriff Tiraspol 0.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Sheriff Tiraspol 0.

45:00 +0:10

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

44:26

Offside, Sheriff Tiraspol. Djibril Paye tries a through ball, but Ismail Isa is caught offside.

38:15

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

38:15

Cadu (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:16

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:40

Delay in match Kobi Moyal (Sheriff Tiraspol) because of an injury.

34:58

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

34:58

Foul by Luvannor (Sheriff Tiraspol).

30:53

Offside, Sheriff Tiraspol. Djibril Paye tries a through ball, but Ismail Isa is caught offside.

30:17

Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

29:22

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

28:51

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Marcel Metoua.

28:49

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

28:14

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

26:52

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

26:52

Foul by Djibril Paye (Sheriff Tiraspol).

26:06

Attempt missed. Ricardo Cavalcante (Sheriff Tiraspol) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

25:21

Attempt missed. Kobi Moyal (Sheriff Tiraspol) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Benjamin Balima.

24:38

Corner, Sheriff Tiraspol. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

24:35

Attempt blocked. Ismail Isa (Sheriff Tiraspol) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Cavalcante.

23:10

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

23:10

Kobi Moyal (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:22

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

22:22

Foul by Cadu (Sheriff Tiraspol).

21:43

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

21:43

Ricardo Cavalcante (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:53

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

17:53

Foul by Cadu (Sheriff Tiraspol).

17:39

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Etienne Capoue.

15:54

Attempt missed. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Etienne Capoue.

11:16

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.

9:43

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

7:14

Hand ball by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

6:44

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Vjekoslav Tomic.

6:42

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

6:26

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:26

Foul by Marko Stanojevic (Sheriff Tiraspol).

5:51

Hand ball by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

4:44

Foul by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur).

4:44

Miral Samardzic (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:34

Marko Stanojevic (Sheriff Tiraspol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:34

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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