Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their UEFA Europa League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Norwegian side Tromso IL at White Hart Lane.

Substitute Christian Eriksen was also on target with a spectacular 25-yard effort, as Spurs matched the scoreline of fellow Premier League side Swansea City at Valencia earlier this evening.

Defoe replaced Roberto Soldado as the lone striker in one of six changes Andre Villas-Boas made from the side that beat Norwich City 2-0 last Saturday.

New signing Erik Lamela made his full debut coming in for Andros Townsend, while Younes Kaboul and Kyle Naughton replaced Jan Vertonghen and Kyle Walker at the back.

Sandro came in for Paulinho and the impressive Lewis Holtby replaced Eriksen in the starting 11.

Having already gone close, Defoe broke the deadlock on 21 minutes as he latched onto Lamela’s through-ball with a good run across the Tromso back line, before exquisitely chipping the ball over the onrushing Marcus Sahlman.

The Swedish keeper was beaten by the England striker again eight minutes later. More neat football from Spurs saw Holtby feed the through ball to Defoe, who coolly slid the ball home between Sahlman and defender to put the game beyond the visitors.

Injuries to Danny Rose, Moussa Dembele and Younes Kaboul put a slight dampener on the night for the hosts, with Dembele being stretchered off.

However, Eriksen ensured that fans went home smiling as he whipped in a dipping shot from 25 yards into the top corner to put the icing on the cake.

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