Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned

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Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned
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Jan Vertonghen scored Tottenham's opener in a 2-0 Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol.

Tottenham Hotspur moved closer to qualifying from Europa League Group K with a 2-0 win away at Moldovan league outfit Sheriff Tiraspol.

Anzhi Makhachkala's 1-0 victory over Tromso means Andre Villas-Boas' side still have work to do in order to progress to the knockout stage. With two of their three remaining fixtures at home, they will expect to seal their place with games to spare.

Villas-Boas made seven changes to the team that beat Aston Villa in the Premier League last weekend.

One of these, Christian Eriksen, floated in the corner from which Jan Vertonghen headed Tottenham into the lead on 12 minutes.

Sheriff put the visitors under plenty of pressure thereafter, and could well have equalized before half time.

After the interval, Spurs regained firm control of the match and sealed the win with a deflected Jermain Defoe effort from long-range. The strike saw the forward equal Martin Chivers' record of 22 goals for the club in Europe.

Read on for a few takeaways from Thursday's game.

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