Tottenham Hotspur vs. Anzhi Makhachkala: 6 Things We Learned

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Anzhi Makhachkala: 6 Things We Learned
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Delight for Tottenham and Roberto Soldado, despair for Anzhi, as both clubs concluded their Europa League fixtures for 2013.

Tottenham Hotspur completed their Europa League requirements for 2013 with a comfortable 4-1 win in Group K over Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday.

Roberto Soldado opened the scoring with a brace within the first 20 minutes.

The first saw him flick a header past goalkeeper Yevgeny Pomazan after Gylfi Sigurdsson drove a free kick into the six-yard box. Just under 10 minutes later, the Spaniard fired across the Russian into the bottom corner after being picked out by Erik Lamela.

Anzhi defender Ewerton Jose Almeida Santos reduced the deficit shortly before half-time, outmuscling Kyle Naughton to poke the ball in from a corner kick.

Any hope of a comeback from the Russians was soon dispelled when Lewis Holtby added to Spurs' lead. The midfielder's terrific piece of combined control and finishing after getting on the end of Andros Townsend's cross made it 3-1.

Soldado then completed his hat-trick with a penalty after substitute Ryan Fredericks was incorrectly judged to have been fouled by Anzhi captain Jucilei.

Read on for six things we learned from Thursday's Europa League clash.

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