Tromso 0-2 Tottenham match report: Dembele and Sigurdsson impress

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Spurs came through a difficult hour in Norway to end up with a comfortable victory, winning their fifth Europa League game in a row to top their group.

Tromso 0 v 2 Tottenham Hotspur

                       Causevic OG 63' 

                       Dembele 75'

 Tottenham finally managed to score in open play, albeit against a team relegated from the Norwegian top flight. It wasn't a simple game by any stretch though, as the home team parked the bus during the first half and into the second half, and it took a moment of luck to finally break the deadlock.  

The Norwegian team started brightly, and Spurs nearly fell behind inside a minute for the second game in a row. Czech striker Zdenek Ondrasek escaped behind Michael Dawson and put his shot just wide.

Moving through the first half and Spurs started to come into the game a lot more with shots from Sigurdsson and Capoue flashing just wide. They were seeing a lot of the ball though were again struggling to look dangerous in the final third.

Chadli blazed over following a great Sigurdsson through ball in the first half's best chance as Tromso defended deeper and deeper but with plenty of heart.

Andros Townsend was again the one player looking for a direct and swift route to goal, with the winger taking several decent shots from distance. 

The second half started in a similar vein, though Tottenham gave away several cynical freekicks which resulted in bookings for three players. The Norwegian team failed to put the Spurs back line under pressure from these, and quickly dropped deep again once they lost the ball.

In the 63rd minute the Londoners won a free kick as Sigurdsson was dragged back just to the left of the box. The Icelander whipped the ball in hard and low and Vlad Chiriches came in alongside Tromos defender Adnan Causevic with the ball going in off the two of them. Though it was awarded an own goal, the Spurs players looked visibly relieved to finally find the back of the net.

The goal settled Spurs, and they doubled the lead ten minutes later when Mousa Dembele got on the end of some excellent passing and movement by substitute Lewis Holtby and Sigurdsson to score his first goal since February.

The Belgian then had a chance to score a second, rattling the post after breaking the offside trap and then putting the rebound into the side netting. 

Villas-Boas began to switch the team around and the game was scrappy for the last ten minutes, though Tromso rallied in added time to put the Spurs defence under the most pressure they'd experienced all game. They'll be playing second tier football in 2014, Spurs will be in the knockout stages of the Europa League.


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