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')

Result: Tottenham Hotspur edge past Sheriff Tiraspol

Tottenham Hotspur qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League after beating Sheriff Tiraspol 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur have qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League after beating Sheriff Tiraspol 2-1 at White Hart Lane this evening.

The home side had their first chance of the game through Moussa Dembele, who worked his way into the box before seeing Vjekoslav Tomic push his low effort wide.

Midway through the first half Sheriff came close to taking the lead against the run of play. Ricardinho played the ball through to Ismail Isa, who saw his low shot take a deflection of Younes Kaboul and crash against the post.

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© Getty Images

At the start of the second half Christian Eriksen forced Tomic into a fine save from his long-range strike.

The home side finally made the breakthrough on the hour mark. Eriksen's chipped pass into the box deflected into the path of Erik Lamela, who calmy slotted the ball past the keeper.

Spurs were given the chance to double their lead a few minutes later when Lamela weaved his way into the box and was brought down by Djibril Paye. Jermain Defoe stepped up and fired his spot kick into the top corner to become the club's all-time top European goalscorer.

Isa quickly pulled one back for the visitors after he was quickest to react to Brad Friedel's save from Cadu's stinging shot.

Lewis Holtby nearly scored the home side's third of the game in the final minute of the match but Tomic saved his effort.

The home side pushed for a late equaliser but Spurs dealt with their late surge and held out to book their place in the knockout stages.

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe scores the opening goal against Anji Makhachkala during their Europa League group match on October 3, 2013
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