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£30m signing Lamela and record-breaking Defoe on target for Spurs

The Argentine winger scored his first for the club in their 2-1 win over Sheriff.

Lamela after his goal.
Lamela after his goal.
Image: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

JERMAIN DEFOE BECAME Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer in Europe as they beat Sheriff 2-1 to reach the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

The striker, who equalled Martin Chivers’ record in the home win over the same opponents, scored a penalty to move on to 23 goals in continental competition to earn a place in the club’s record books.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas side went into the game knowing victory would see them through to the next stage as they seek their first European trophy since the UEFA Cup triumph in 1984.

Tottenham won the previous encounter between the two sides 2-0 and they had little difficulty in making it a double against the Moldovan outfit.

Erik Lamela gave the hosts the lead with a smart low finish 15 minutes into the second half, the Argentinian scoring his first goal for the club, before Defoe’s historic strike from the spot.

Ismail Isa did pull one back for the visitors but it proved inconsequential as Tottenham comfortably held on.

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