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Spurs Secure Top Spot

Two goals in the second half saw Tottenham Hotspur run out 2-0 winners over Tromso IL in their Europa League match at the Alfheim stadion on Thursday night.

The result confirmed Spurs place at the top of Group K with 15 points from five matches and one game to spare.

The opening 45 minutes was a half dominated by the visiting side, but for all their possession they really struggled to break down a stubborn Tromso defence.

And when Spurs did manage to find their way through the defence their finishing in front of goal let them down.

The home side, however, did have the first chance on goal as early as the third minute when a mistake from Michael Dawson allowed Zdenek Ondrasek through on goal, but the Tromso player shot narrowly wide with just the keeper to beat.

Thereafter it was all Spurs and they created their first chance on goal in the 15th minute as Gylfi Sigurdsson found himself in space 14-yards out, but he fired over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

Three minutes later and Andros Townsend created another scoring opportunity for Sigurdsson with an inch perfect pass, but he thumped the shot a yard wide of goal.

In the 23rd minute Townsend was in the thick of the action again with a long range effort, but Benny Lekstrom was on hand to make a fine save for Tromso.

In the 35th minute the chance of the half fell to Nacer Chadli after he was played through on goal by Sigurdsson, but the Spurs player was leaning backwards when he struck the ball which went inches over the bar from close range.

The half ended 0-0.

The second 45 saw Tromso playing some more enterprising football and they were able to create a chance for themselves ten minutes after the restart when Thomas Bendiksen let rip with a powerful long range shot, but Brad Friedel was able to hold onto the effort.

Three minutes later and a cross from Thomas Drage picked out Jaroslaw Fojut, but his header lacked any real power to trouble Friedel who made a comfortable save.

Then, just as Tromso appeared to be finding their feet in the game, Spurs took the lead in the 62nd minute when Adnan Cauevic turned the ball into his own net from a Vlad Chiriches cross into the box, 1-0.

In the 73rd minute Spurs were able to double their lead when Mousa Dembele slid the ball home into the corner of the net after the ball broke for him following a goalmouth scramble, 2-0.

Two minutes later and Dembele should have made it three, but he saw his effort from just inside the box strike the woodwork and bounce away from danger.

The match ended 2-0 in favour of Spurs as they top Group K while Tromso occupy bottom spot with only a point to their name.


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