Europa League - Group K
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Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Tromsø

Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe

Tottenham wingers Aaron Lennon (foot) and Nacer Chadli (hip) will miss their Europa League clash against Norwegian side Tromso.

England international Lennon has not played since the opening day of the season and was absent from the squad's training session on Wednesday.

Belgian winger Chadli - signed from FC Twente in July - is still suffering from an adductor muscle strain that kept him out of Saturday's match against Norwich.

Midfielder Etienne Capoue (ankle) is also out, while striker Emmanuel Adebayor continues to train with the development squad.

Jermain Defoe moved within two goals of Martin Chivers' Tottenham European scoring record as Spurs eased to victory against Norwegians Tromso.

The England striker produced a precise finish after a pass from new signing Erik Lamela to put the hosts ahead.

Eight minutes later Defoe drove in from a Lewis Holtby ball to score his 20th European goal for the club.

Christian Eriksen curled in from 25 yards for his first goal for the club late on.

The only negatives were potential injuries to Danny Rose, Moussa Dembele and Younes Kaboul.

Left-back Rose limped off just after the half-hour, while Belgium midfielder Dembele was carried off on a stretcher in the second half, and Spurs finished the game with 10 men after defender Younes Kaboul went off in the final minutes.

But with Andre Villas-Boas making six changes, Tottenham produced a controlled performance that suggests they have squad depth to be able to rotate and thrive in Europe.

Villas-Boas has preferred new signing Roberto Soldado in attack so far this season and Defoe has found his domestic action limited to a total of 37 minutes across three substitute appearances in the Premier League.

But the 30-year-old once again demonstrated he remains a ruthlessly effective option in Europe.

The Spurs head coach can only have been impressed with the way the striker combined with Holtby and Lamela, making his first start since joining from Roma., particularly in the opening 30 minutes.

Agnar Christensen's side were forced deep from the start and the ease with which Holtby opened them up for Defoe's firm shot to be saved by goalkeeper Marcus Sahlman was ominous.

In the 21st minute, Defoe made no mistake when he was picked out by a gentle first-time pass from Lamela before clipping over Sahlman.

The second came when Germany midfielder Holtby slid through for Defoe to guide a shot into the corner.

Tromso's on-loan Fulham midfielder Josh Pritchard dragged well wide from distance with the visitors' only hint of a threat in the opening period.

Tottenham failed to reproduce the same intensity after the interval, with Holtby and Moussa Dembele both missing from distance.

Dembele's replacement Eriksen produced a fine ball that saw Sandro's header saved by Sahlman.

With a Premier League game against Cardiff on Sunday and a Capital One Cup match at Aston Villa on Tuesday, Spurs rarely extended themselves, until Eriksen scored his first for the club with a dipping effort from outside the area.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 3RoseSubstituted forVertonghenat 39'minutes
  • 30Guimarães Cordeiro
  • 20Dawson
  • 4Kaboul
  • 33Lamela
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forEriksenat 64'minutes
  • 18Defoe
  • 14HoltbySubstituted forPaulinhoat 71'minutes
  • 22G Sigurdsson

Substitutes

  • 5Vertonghen
  • 8Paulinho
  • 9Soldado
  • 17Townsend
  • 23Eriksen
  • 24Friedel
  • 37Kane

Tromsø

  • 1Sahlman
  • 6Causevic
  • 4Kristiansen
  • 17Johansen
  • 7KoppinenSubstituted forAntonsenat 62'minutes
  • 3FojutBooked at 71mins
  • 5Moldskred
  • 8BendiksenSubstituted forJohnsenat 45'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 18Pritchard
  • 13Ondrasek
  • 10DrageSubstituted forAndersenat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Nystrom
  • 15Andersen
  • 16Johnsen
  • 19Frantzen
  • 23Antonsen
  • 27Lekström
  • 28Helmke
Referee:
Libor Kovarik

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamTromsø
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home19
Away2
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Tromsø 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Tromsø 0.

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

Foul by Magnus Andersen (Tromsø).

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

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

Hand ball by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Younes Kaboul went off injured after Tottenham Hotspur had used all subs.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Tromsø 0. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

Corner, Tromsø. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

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

Attempt blocked. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

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

Foul by Kent-Are Antonsen (Tromsø).

Substitution

Substitution, Tromsø. Magnus Andersen replaces Thomas Drage.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Lewis Holtby.

Booking

Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jaroslaw Fojut (Tromsø).

Attempt saved. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jaroslaw Fojut.

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

Adnan Causevic (Tromsø) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tromsø. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Mousa Dembélé because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Josh Pritchard (Tromsø) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lars Gunnar Johnsen.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Tromsø. Kent-Are Antonsen replaces Miika Koppinen.

Delay in match Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Booking

Lars Gunnar Johnsen (Tromsø) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Lars Gunnar Johnsen (Tromsø).

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

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

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

Zdenek Ondrasek (Tromsø) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jan Vertonghen.

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