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Spurs duo see them navigate Europa League group

Lamela and Defoe both got on the scoresheet in north London. (©GettyImages)
Lamela and Defoe both got on the scoresheet in north London. (©GettyImages).

A record-breaking goal from Jermain Defoe and standout performance and goal from Erik Lamela have secured Tottenham's place in the Europa League knockout round with two games to go, according to the Metro.

Lamela started and finished a swift move from Spurs to open the scoring in the 60th minute.

He passed the ball in to Eriksen, who flicked the ball over the top. It took a deflection off a Sheriff defender, and the Argentinian slotted a deft volley into the bottom corner of the goal.

The 21-year-old was involved again several minutes later took on several Sheriff defenders with some stunning South American trickery before he was fouled, with the referee awarding a penalty.

Defoe confidently converted the penalty, making the 31-year-old Tottenham's all-time leading goalscorer in European competition with 23 goals, beating the record set by Spurs legend Martin Chivers, who scored 22.

The only disappointment for Spurs was when Sheriff grabbed a consolation goal through Isa, who finished acrobatically after Friedel had saved an initial effort from Cadu – it's the first goal Spurs have conceded is this year’s competition.

Tottenham have now managed a perfect 12 points from four games in their group with a goal difference of +8, meaning they have automatically qualified. They are trailed by Anji, who have seven points, Sheriff with two and Tromso with one.

Spurs now look forward to Sunday's game against Newcastle at White Hart Lane, where they will be aiming to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League.

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