Tottenham overcame freezing temperatures in Norway to defeat Tromso and finish top of Europa League Group K.

They were guaranteed to finish as group winners after Anzhi Makhachkala drew 1-1 with Sheriff Tiraspol.

Tottenham took the lead in the second half when Vlad Chiriches's shot from Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick cannoned in off Tromso's Adnan Causevic.

Mousa Dembele made it 2-0 soon after, slotting in from Sigurdsson's pass.

Sorry Soldado

  • Roberto Soldado failed to muster a single shot against Tromso - Spurs had 14 overall

With qualification already secured and playing on an artificial surface in sub-zero temperatures, Tottenham could be forgiven for lacking the intensity they have shown in previous matches of the competition.

And it was not until after the hour mark that the visitors, without 10 rested first-team players, made the breakthrough against a side bottom of the group and recently relegated from Norway's top tier.

Tromso carried little threat and their one and only clear chance of the match came inside the first minute when Czech forward Zdenek Ondrasek screwed his low shot wide of the Spurs upright.

The Tottenham XI settled into the conditions after 15 minutes, and created three good chances of their own - one of which they should have converted.

All three fell to their midfielders, with England winger Andros Townsend stinging the hands of keeper Benny Lekstrom with a low drive before Frenchman Etienne Capoue saw his strike deflected narrowly wide.

Snow being cleared

A tractor cleared snow off the pitch before kick-off

Nacer Chadli then wasted the best opportunity of the half when Sigurdsson stroked a pass into the Belgium winger's path, who then scooped his shot into the snow-covered empty seats behind the goal.

Frustrations continued after the break, with captain Michael Dawson, Capoue and Soldado going into the book for poorly-timed challenges, but the visitors finally made the breakthrough in the 63rd minute.

Sigurdsson, who was arguably Tottenham's man of the match, delivered a precise low free-kick into the path of Chiriches whose effort struck defender Causevic and flew into the net.

And moments later, midfielder Dembele doubled the advantage with his first goal of the season when he coolly finished after a good move involving substitute Lewis Holtby and Sigurdsson.

The goalscorer should have added a second straight from the restart but struck the post with a low shot before slamming the rebound into the side-netting.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Tromsø

  • 27 Lekström
  • 19 Frantzen (Norbye - 68' )
  • 04 Kristiansen
  • 17 Johansen
  • 06 Causevic
  • 03 Fojut Booked
  • 15 Andersen
  • 08 Bendiksen (Helmke - 76' )
  • 13 Ondrasek
  • 05 Moldskred (Espejord - 71' )
  • 10 Drage

Substitutes

  • 12 Bakkelund
  • 14 Norbye
  • 16 Johnsen
  • 20 Johnsen
  • 23 Antonsen
  • 28 Helmke
  • 30 Espejord

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 24 Friedel
  • 16 Naughton
  • 35 Fryers (Vertonghen - 71' )
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 20 Dawson Booked
  • 12 Chiriches
  • 17 Townsend
  • 15 Capoue Booked
  • 09 Soldado Booked
  • 21 Chadli (Holtby - 72' )
  • 22 Sigurdsson (Lamela - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 14 Holtby
  • 33 Lamela
  • 41 Coulthirst
  • 43 Fredericks
  • 47 McEvoy
  • 56 Archer
Ref: Yevgen Aranovsky

Match Stats

Shots

7 14

On target

3 2

Corners

4 9

Fouls

8 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +3:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +3:10

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ruben Kristiansen.

90:00 +2:11

Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:11

Foul by Thomas Drage (Tromsø).

90:00 +0:29

Corner, Tromsø. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

90:00 +0:23

Attempt blocked. Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Kristiansen with a cross.

89:30 Booking

Booking Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø) is shown the yellow card.

84:57

Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:57

Foul by Hendrik Helmke (Tromsø).

80:52

Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur).

80:52

Ruben Kristiansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:06

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

77:52 Substitution

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

77:08

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Adnan Causevic.

76:20

Attempt missed. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

76:16

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Roberto Soldado with a through ball.

75:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tromsø. Hendrik Helmke replaces Thomas Bendiksen.

74:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

73:04

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

73:04

Remi Johansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:09

Attempt saved. Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Drage with a cross.

71:45

Corner, Tromsø. Conceded by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lewis Holtby replaces Nacer Chadli.

70:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Jan Vertonghen replaces Ezekiel Fryers.

70:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tromsø. Runar Espejord replaces Morten Moldskred.

69:48

Attempt missed. Magnus Andersen (Tromsø) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Drage.

67:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tromsø. Hans Norbye replaces William Frantzen.

64:59

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ruben Kristiansen.

64:03

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

62:37 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Adnan Causevic, Tromsø. Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

62:06

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:06

Foul by Adnan Causevic (Tromsø).

60:25

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

58:23

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

58:23

Ruben Kristiansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:12

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

58:12

Thomas Bendiksen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:25

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by William Frantzen.

56:06

Attempt saved. Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Drage with a cross.

55:29 Booking

Booking Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

55:24

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

55:24

Thomas Bendiksen (Tromsø) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:11

Attempt saved. Thomas Bendiksen (Tromsø) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

54:17 Booking

Booking Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:59

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

53:59

Thomas Bendiksen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:15

Hand ball by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

51:26

Corner, Tromsø. Conceded by Ezekiel Fryers.

50:59

Attempt blocked. Adnan Causevic (Tromsø) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Magnus Andersen.

50:18 Booking

Booking Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:15

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

50:15

Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:43

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

48:20

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

48:20

Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:53

Corner, Tromsø. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

45:00

Second Half begins Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tromsø 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

44:29

Dangerous play by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

44:29

Thomas Bendiksen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:10

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

43:10

Ruben Kristiansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:33

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

41:33

Ruben Kristiansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:15

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

40:22

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

40:22

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø).

39:33

Foul by Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham Hotspur).

39:33

Magnus Andersen (Tromsø) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:31

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:31

Foul by Adnan Causevic (Tromsø).

37:47

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

34:13

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:13

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø).

33:10

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

31:04

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Magnus Andersen.

27:04

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

25:27

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

25:27

Ruben Kristiansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:10

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

19:49

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Adnan Causevic.

19:48

Attempt blocked. Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

19:05

Hand ball by Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø).

17:56

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

15:04

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

13:35

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Remi Johansen.

9:28

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

9:28

Ruben Kristiansen (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:42

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Ezekiel Fryers.

2:12

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:12

Foul by Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø).

0:32

Attempt missed. Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Magnus Andersen with a through ball.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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