White Hart Lane - London 12/12/2013 - 21:05CET (20:05 local time)

Group stage - Group K

Tottenham - Anji
4-1
 

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Soldado flourish maintains Spurs's flawless run

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 22.55CET
Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-1 FC Anji Makhachkala
Roberto Soldado's hat-trick helped Spurs to finish Group K with maximum points, though Ewerton's goal had given the visitors a glimmer of hope.
by Philip Atkinson
from White Hart Lane
Soldado flourish maintains Spurs's flawless run
Roberto Soldado celebrates after scoring the opening goal ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Tottenham
Anji

4

Goals scored

1

58

Possession (%)

42

15

Total attempts

6

9

on target

5

4

off target

1

2

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

9

Corners

6

1

Offsides

2

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

11

10

Fouls suffered

12

501

Passes

364

449

completed

288

Lineups

tottenham

Tottenham

anji

Anji

24Friedel (GK) (C)1Pomazan (GK)
3Rose
Substitution46
5Grigalava
Yellow Card35
9Soldado
Goal7
Goal16
Goal70
Substitution78
6Epureanu
14Holtby
Yellow Card20
Goal54
7Agalarov
Substitution80
15Capoue8Jucilei (C)
16Naughton
Yellow Card88
20Sobolev
17Townsend28Serderov
19Dembélé
Substitution65
29Razak
Substitution85
22G. Sigurdsson37Ewerton
Goal44
33Lamela81Burmistrov
35Fryers87Maximov
Yellow Card53

Substitutes

56Archer (GK)27Dzhenetov (GK)
20Dawson4Angbwa
Substitution80
21Chadli10Gatagov
Substitution85
23Eriksen
Substitution65
13Tagirbekov
41Coulthirst
Substitution78
24Adeleye
43Fredericks
Substitution46
54Dombaxe

Coaches

André Villas-Boas (POR) Gadzhi Gadzhiev (RUS)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Press kits

Last updated: 12/12/2013 23:16 CET

Standings

Last updated: 13/12/2013 08:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
  
Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 22.55CET

Soldado flourish maintains Spurs's flawless run

Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-1 FC Anji Makhachkala
Roberto Soldado's hat-trick helped Spurs to finish Group K with maximum points, though Ewerton's goal had given the visitors a glimmer of hope.

A 4-1 win against Group B runners-up FC Anji Makhachkala sent Tottenham Hotspur FC through to the UEFA Europa League with a perfect 18-point haul.

Roberto Soldado scored twice in the first 20 minutes to put the hosts in control, and although Anji rallied briefly around Ewerton's goal just before half-time, a win was never in doubt for André Villas-Boas's men. It was duly confirmed with Lewis Holtby's beautifully taken third goal and Soldado's penalty, which sealed the Spaniard's hat-trick.

Soldado broke his recent dry spell in front of goal by flicking in Gylfi Sigurdsson's tightly whipped-in free-kick on seven minutes. It took him only another eight minutes to score again, Erik Lamela the provider this time with a delightfully deft through ball that took out three defenders.

That second goal was Tottenham's 350th in UEFA competition, and the 351st could easily have come before half-time. Kamil Agalarov cleared one goal-bound effort off the line, before Andros Townsend spurned another glorious opportunity, having been put clean through by Soldado. Despite the odd attack from the Russian visitors, the hosts dominated.

That all looked like changing shortly before the interval, though, as Ewerton, one of Anji's two Brazilians, pulled a goal back for the Russian side to give their small but enthusiastic band of supporters something to celebrate and change the atmosphere markedly at the break.

Anji took that impetus into the second half, starting brightly, but Tottenham were soon 3-1 up with the pick of the goals on the night, Holtby calmly but cleverly juggling Townsend's dinked through ball before lobbing Evgeni Pomazan delicately. Tottenham had several more chances in the second half, and Soldado finally completed his hat-trick after Ryan Fredericks was felled in the box.

Last updated: 14/12/13 0.08CET

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