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Spurs beat Sheriff 2-0 to stay perfect in Europa

Tottenham remains top Europa League contender with 2-0 win at FC Sheriff

Spurs beat Sheriff 2-0 to stay perfect in Europa

Tournament favorite Tottenham ground out a 2-0 win at FC Sheriff to stay undefeated in the Europa League and leave it on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages on Thursday.

Jan Vertonghen headed Christian Eriksen's free kick into the left of goal with Spurs' first attack of the night in the 12th minute and Jermain Defoe sealed the result 15 minutes from time with his 22nd goal in European competition after the English side withstood severe pressure from Sheriff.

The Moldovan team had the ball in the back of the net on the half hour but the equalizer was ruled out for offside.

Tottenham has yet to concede in the opening three games this season and is five points clear of Anji Makhachkala, which beat Tromso 1-0.