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Europa League: Tottenham Player Ratings vs. Sheriff Tiraspol
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Thursday was certainly not an easy European night for Spurs, but despite a few scares, Andres Villas-Boas' men are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

A breakout performance from Erik Lamela will have warmed many a frozen fan on a bitterly cold night at White Hart Lane.

Here’s how the players ranked on the night.

 

Brad Friedel

A virtual spectator in the first-half, Friedel's first meaningful contribution was picking the ball out of the net after he could only parry Cadu's shot into the path of Isa. Will he be in goal at the weekend? The Lloris dilemma will be very interesting to see play out.

Rating: 5/10

 

Kyle Naughton

Another positive start for Naughton, who continues to impress despite a lack of recent opportunities. Didn’t get too involved in the attacking side but kept his shape well throughout. 

Rating: 6/10

 

Younes Kaboul

Spared blushes when his touch deflected Isa's shot onto the post. Strong and marshalled the back four well. He represents excellent back-up to Michael Dawson as long as he stays fit. 

Rating: 6.5/10

 

Jan Vertonghen

Two glaring mental errors should have meant Sheriff taking a shock lead. Didn't look himself all night and was surprising he was in the starting line-up to begin with, especially with Vlad Chiriches on the bench.

Rating: 5/10

 

Kyle Walker

Linked up well with Lamela down the right and got himself to the byline on plenty of occasions. Was maybe a little too cavalier at times when Spurs were caught in possession and lacked numbers at the back.

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Rating: 6.5/10

 

Erik Lamela

With all the controversy surrounding diving, it was maybe refreshing to see Lamela try to keep his feet when fouled in the box during the first half. Perhaps it was karma that he eventually got on the scoresheet with a calm finish after the ball broke to him on the edge of the box—his first goal since his transfer from Roma. And when he was tripped for a second time in the box, he didn't need asking twice, Jermain Defoe obliging from the spot. 

Rating: 8/10 Man of the Match

 

Mousa Dembele

Busy throughout, the Belgium international linked up play well on occasions. Looked good going forward but didn't get involved as much as he should have. Was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with a rasping first-half shot.

Rating: 6/10

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Was Spurs' main threat all night and tried in vain to link up with Defoe when available. Plenty of darting runs and shots without reward; he certainly put in more effort than plenty of others. Will be interesting to see if his early withdrawal was with one eye on Newcastle.

Rating: 6.5/10

 

Christian Eriksen

Lazy in the first half, Eriksen gave the ball away far too much and almost gifted Ricardinho the opening goal with a horrible square-pass. Excellent delivery from set pieces, he improved after the break and was denied a stunning goal when his 25-yard shot was brilliantly saved by Vjekoslav Tomic.

Rating: 6.5/10

 

Etienne Capoue

Starting for the first time since September, Capoue looked a little off the pace at times but kept the ball well for the most part. Was a little too defensive, but the 60 minutes will have done him a world of good.

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Rating: 5/10

 

Jermain Defoe

Struggled for space all night and was forced to drift into midfield in search of the ball. Became Spurs' all-time European scorer with his excellent penalty after Lamela was fouled.

Rating: 6/10 

 

Subs

Paulinho (for Capoue)

Bright 30 minutes from the Brazilian, who produced a couple of lovely attempts on goal and generally raised the tempo of the game, which had reached an almost pedestrian pace.

Rating: 7/10

 

Lewis Holtby (for Eriksen)

Played further up the field than usual and should have scored a rebound effort in the final minutes.

Rating: 5/10

 

Harry Kane (for Sigurdsson)

Some nice touches, but didn't have enough time to make any significant impact.

Rating: 5/10

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