Dinamo Tbilisi vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
Spurs started their UEFA Europa League campaign in ideal fashion, beating Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 at the Dinamo Arena.
Andros Townsend opened the scoring with an incredible solo effort, then Paulinho made it 2-0 before halftime. Dinamo came out of the blocks quickly in the second half, but three Spurs' goals in quick succession killed any hopes of a comeback.
Roberto Soldado scored twice either side of an incredible long-range effort from Danny Rose and the visitors saw out the encounter with ease.
Spurs started slowly with Dinamo looking the more threatening, despite the visitors' dominance in possession.
Twice the combination of Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson was forced to step out to catch the home side offside, with the former captaining the side on his return to action.
After accruing so much of the ball, Andre Villas-Boas's side's opener could not have come in more contrasting circumstances: breaking from a corner, Townsend carried the ball 50 yards before firing in from distance.
Soldado went close minutes later and forced a great save from goalkeeper Loria at his near post. After 20 minutes of play, it appeared to be a case of "how many" for the Lilywhites.
But Dinamo found their rhythm and a deft near-post header from Jaba Dvali forced Hugo Lloris into a stunning reflex save. With a little more of the ball, the crowd found their voice and the home side grew in confidence, but soon after Townsend silenced the stadium once again.
His jinking run down the right-hand side was too hot to handle and after leaving his full-back flat on the turf, he clipped a perfect cross into the box. Paulinho, unmarked seven yards out, obliged with his head and AVB's men went into the break two goals to the good.
Despite a change at the break from Dinamo, the second half started much the same as the first: slow in pace, Spurs dominating possession and sitting comfortably to preserve fitness.
The home side's only threat came from quick counters—which were dealt with easily—and through Dvali, who worked his socks off all evening to create from the front.
And just as Dinamo were enjoying their best spell, Spurs struck three times in quick succession.
Townsend left his marker in pieces as he tore past him on the right, hit the byline and provided an easy finish for Soldado six yards out.
Minutes later, Nacer Chadli found Rose on the edge of the box and the youngster fired in a sumptuous, curling effort that nestled right into the top corner.
Soldado then bagged his second of the night after a delightful Chadli cross found him free at the far post.
Dinamo looked lost and the defence had checked out for the evening with 15 minutes to go, but there was still time for them to force Lloris into another outstanding reflex save low to his right.
A job well done for Spurs and AVB will have several hard decisions to make in picking his lineup for the Premier League this weekend.
Key Player Grades
Roberto Soldado: A
Heavily involved in the buildup play all evening and clinical in taking his chances, this was an easy night for the Spaniard, His two goals were put on a platter for him by his excellent wingers, but it was still a great performance.
Andros Townsend: A+
An astonishing showing from Townsend, who tore Dinamo apart single-handedly. His pace, trickery and final product were of elite standard, and the former QPR loanee may well have played himself into contention for Sunday's clash with Swansea.
Younes Kaboul: B+
The odd late lapse forgiven, it was fantastic to see Kaboul take to the field and complete 90 minutes after a horrendous year of injury. He was aerially dominant and showed good pace and confidence.
Full Player Grades
Spurs host Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday, August 25. Dinamo will resume their attempts to defend their Umaglesi Liga title against FC Spartaki Tskhinvali.
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