Half-Time Report: Jermain Defoe, Nacer Chadli put Tottenham Hotspur in front in Moscow

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham in action during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol at White Hart Lane on August 10, 2013
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Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli get on the scoresheet for Tottenham Hotspur as they head into half time against Anzhi Makhachkala two goals up.

Tottenham Hotspur have headed into the half-time interval two goals to the good against Anzhi Makhachkala courtesy of Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli.

As it stands, Spurs will take another three points in their Europa League group following a first half in chilly Russia where neither side made a huge impact on the fixture in the early stages.

Spurs were under slight pressure at the beginning of the half when Pavel Solomatin was played in on goal and tried to go around Hugo Lloris, but the forward was wrongly called offside.

Defoe created Tottenham's first effort on goal in the 13th minute, but his shot dragged wide. Anzhi tried to get on top when Serder Serderov played a reverse ball into the feet of Islamnur Abdulavov, whose move was snuffed out by Lloris after he came off his line to clear the danger.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 34th minute when Lewis Holtby played the ball forward for Defoe, who created space in the box to launch the ball into the back of the net with a 12-yard effort.

The striker's goal sparked Spurs into action as the Premier League outfit doubled their lead just a matter of minutes later when Chadli latched onto a pass from Kyle Walker and stroked it home from the penalty spot before half time.

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham in action during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol at White Hart Lane on August 10, 2013
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