Nov 7, 2013 at 8.05pm UK at ​White Hart Lane
SpursTottenham Hotspur
2-1
Sheriff Tiraspol
Lamela (60'), Defoe (67')
Eriksen (52')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Isa (72')

Jermain Defoe "delighted" to score record goal

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal against Tromso IL during their Europa League group match on September 19, 2013
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Jermain Defoe says that he is "delighted" after he became Tottenham Hotspur's all-time top European goalscorer.

Jermain Defoe has revealed his joy at becoming Tottenham Hotspur's record goalscorer in Europe.

The striker scored his 23rd in the 2-1 win against Sheriff Tiraspol with a penalty, meaning that he broke Martin Chivers's 39-year record of 22 goals.

After the match, Defoe paid tribute to Chivers and praised the performance of Erik Lamela.

"It was a frustrating night as they camped in and gave us no space in behind. I had to stay patient and I am delighted to score the goal and take the European scoring record. What an opportunity to do it, I was confident with the penalty," he told BBC Sport.

"I saw Martin Chivers at half time, he said to me to keep going and I would get the record. He's a legend.

"Erik Lamela was fantastic tonight. He is strong, good on the ball and it is difficult when you come into a club at a young age. But he made things happen for us, I'm delighted for him."

The win means that Spurs have qualified for the knockout stages.

Erik Lamela of Spurs is closed down by Luvannor Henrique and Kobi Moyal of FC Sheriff during the UEFA Europa League Group K match on November 7, 2013
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