Tottenham make the long return from Transnistria with a further three Europa League points under their belt following a 2-0 away win over FC Sheriff Tiraspol courtesy of goals from Jan Vertonghen and Jermain Defoe – Defoe equalling Martin Chivers’ record as Spurs’ leading goal scorer in Europe in the process. The Lilywhites sit top of Group K with nine points from three games; a win in the home return with Sheriff will see Spurs qualify for the knockout stage with two games to spare.
Spurs dominated possession but found the Moldovan team difficult to deal with, especially in the first 60 minutes, before Sheriff appeared to tire quite sharply. Until then the home team had pressed Spurs, breaking up the play and releasing their quick forwards. Spurs defence played the high line reasonably well against a na