SCOTT PETERSON - Thursday, August 29, 2013
Brad Friedel started for Tottenham Hotspurs, who progressed to the Europa League group stage as a Jermaine Defoe double led the way over Dinamo Tbilisi.
Tottenham 3 - 0 Dinamo Tbisili
Friedel and Tottenham were all but officially into the group stage after knocking off the Georgians in the first leg by a score of 5-0, nevertheless Spurs played determined to give the home faithful something to cheer about.
And it was Defoe primarily who threatened and caused havoc to the Tbilisi defense with stretching runs. However, Defoe and the home crowd had to wait until the 38th minute to celebrate.
German midfielder Lewis Holtby took a feed from Iceland striker Gylfi Sigurdsson, before playing a reverse pass to Defoe, who easily found the back of the net beating keeper Loria.
It was two for Defoe and Spurs after 45 minutes as Sigurdsson crossed low across the face of goal where Defoe pounced first to make it 2-0.
In the 68th minute Holtby rounded out the scoring by blasting home a 25-yard effort off the bottom of the crossbar. The strike put the tie to bed with Tottenham advancing 8-0 on aggregate.
Tottenham will learn who they play in the group stage on Friday with the draw scheduled for 1 p.m. in Monaco.
Aron Johannsson saw his match with AZ Alkmaar versus Atromitos abandoned as the roof caught fire, causing the stadium to be evacuated. The reply is slated for Friday, August 30th at 11 a.m.
Terrence Boyd made the bench but did not factor into Rapid Vienna's 3-0 road victory over Georgian squad FC Dila Gori. Vienna advanced 4-0 on aggregate.
Neither Evan Horvath nor Ben Spencer made the gameday lineup for Molde, who were knocked out of the Europa League after Rubin Kazan won at home 3-0.
Conor O'Brien did not play for Nordsjaelland on Thursday losing to IF Elfsborg 1-0 and crashing out of European competition.