Europa League - Group K
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Anzhi Makhachkala 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Tottenham's Jermain Defoe scoring against Anzhi Makhachkala

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

Since then, though, 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 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.

Line-ups

Anzhi Makhachkala

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pomazan
  • 4AngbwaSubstituted forGadzhibekovat 79'minutes
  • 13Tagirbekov
  • 8Da Silva
  • 24Adeleye
  • 37Almeida Santos
  • 25Ahmedov
  • 29Razak
  • 99AbdulavovSubstituted forTraoréat 45'minutes
  • 14Solomatin
  • 28SerderovSubstituted forEshchenkoat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Eshchenko
  • 3Gadzhibekov
  • 5Grigalava
  • 10Gatagov
  • 15Demidov
  • 19Traoré
  • 22Kerzhakov

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 35Fryers
  • 19Dembélé
  • 12Chiriches
  • 4KaboulSubstituted forDawsonat 71'minutes
  • 33LamelaSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 72'minutes
  • 30Guimarães Cordeiro
  • 18Defoe
  • 14HoltbySubstituted forEriksenat 78'minutes
  • 21Chadli

Substitutes

  • 9Soldado
  • 16Naughton
  • 20Dawson
  • 22G Sigurdsson
  • 23Eriksen
  • 24Friedel
  • 37Kane
Referee:
Bülent Yildirim

Match Stats

Home TeamAnzhi MakhachkalaAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Anzhi Makhachkala 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Anzhi Makhachkala. Ali Gadzhibekov replaces Benoit Angbwa.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Lewis Holtby.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Erik Lamela.

  12. Substitution

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lacina Traoré (Anzhi Makhachkala).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Anzhi Makhachkala. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

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