Tottenham beat Anzhi Makhachkala 2-0 to join eight other teams in continuing perfect starts in soccer’s Europa League.
Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli scored last night as Tottenham won its second straight group-stage game. Swansea, Sevilla, Frankfurt, Rubin Kazan, Fiorentina, Genk, Ludogorets and Salzburg also made it two consecutive victories in Europe’s second-tier club competition.
Defoe gave two-time champion Tottenham the lead in the 34th minute in Russia with his 20th goal in European competition, moving him within one of Martin Chivers’s club record. Chadli made it 2-0 six minutes later.
The win leaves Tottenham, the favorite to win the tournament with bookmakers on oddschecker.com, atop Group K with six points. Sheriff Tiraspol is second with two points after a 1-1 draw at Tromso.
Gerhard Tremmel stopped a penalty kick and Wayne Routledge scored as Swansea beat St. Gallen 1-0 to take the lead in Group A. Valencia beat Kuban Krasnador 2-0 for its first victory.
Rubin Kazan defeated Zulte Waregem 4-0 to lead Group D over Wigan, which beat Maribor 3-1. Sevilla, the second-two time champion in the field, defeated Freiburg 2-0 and leads Group H over Slovan Liberec, which beat Estoril 2-1.
Genk beat Thun 2-1 in Group G, as Rapid Vienna drew 2-2 with Dynamo Kiev. Frankfurt won 3-0 at APOEL in Group F and Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated Bordeaux 2-1.
Fiorentina took over the top spot in Group E with a 2-1 win at Dnipro, while Pacos Ferreira and Pandurii drew 1-1. Sergio Floccari scored twice in the final six minutes to earn Lazio a 3-3 tie at Trabzonspor that left the team tied atop Group J, while Apollon Limassol won 1-0 at Legia Warsaw.
In Group I, Vitoria Guimares and Lyon finished 1-1, as did Rijeka and Real Betis. Salzburg leads Group C after a 2-1 win at Esbjerg as Elfsborg and Standard Liege finished 1-1.
PAOK and AZ Alkmaar share the Group L lead after a 1-1 draw, as Shakhter Karagandy and Maccabi Haifa tied 2-2. Ludogorets beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 in Group B and PSV Eindhoven defeated Chornomorets Odesa 2-0.
The third of six group-stage matches will be played Oct. 24. The top two teams in each of the 12 groups advance to the round of 32 alongside the eight third-place finishers from the elite Champions League group stage.