Tottenham’s encouraging start to the season continued unchecked as Andre Villas-Boas’ post-Gareth Bale era side made it two out of two in the Europa League on Thursday.
Spurs shrugged off hostile weather conditions in Russia to deny Anzhi Makhachkala 2-0 and tighten their grip on Group K, going four points clear.
Jermain Defoe celebrated his call-up to the England squad earlier in the day for this month’s final batch of World Cup qualifiers with the first goal.
Set up by Lewis Holtby he struck from inside the box after the half hour mark, rifling the ball into the roof of the net.
That left the striker one goal shy of Martin Chivers’ European club record tally of 24.
Nacer Chadli doubled up five minutes later for his second goal since arriving from FC Twente. In other early Europa League action Valencia picked themselves up from their opening loss to Swansea with a 2-0 Group A win at Kuban Krasnodar and Swansea maintained their position as Europa League Group A leaders following a hard-fought win 1-0 over St Gallen.