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Friday 29 November 2013

Europa League: Villas-Boas delight as Spurs return to winning ways

Tottenham Hotspur beat Tromso while Wilfried Bony is injured in Swansea City defeat

  • Mousa Dembele scored the second goal as Spurs beat Tromso

  • Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony could be out for 'several weeks'

Tottenham Hotspur made it five wins out of five in the UEFA Europa League as they defeated Norway in the Arctic Circle while Swansea City lost at home to Valencia which means they need a point from their final match to guarantee progress to the next round.

Tromso 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas believes his side's UEFA Europa League victory over Tromso will lift his side for Sunday's Barclays Premier League contest at home to Manchester United.

Spurs have suffered back-to-back league defeats, including Sunday's 6-0 loss against Manchester City, but returned to winning ways on Thursday at a freezing Alfheim Stadium in the north of Norway to secure top spot in Group K.

"I am very happy for the players to have bounced back from the defeat against Man City"
Andre Villas-Boas

Villas-Boas' side face United, who had a comfortable 5-0 UEFA Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

"I watched the game last night [Wednesday] - it was a good performance but it will have no bearing on Sunday," said Villas-Boas. “They are on a good run that changed their fortunes. We don't expect an easy match but it will be a completely different story [for United] on Sunday.

"I'm not being disrespectful, but it will be a different game in different conditions and our players will be mentally ready.

"I am very happy for the players to have bounced back from the defeat against Man City. To prepare for that game [United], it was important to get back to winning ways."

After a goalless first half against Tromso, Spurs took the lead on 63 minutes when Adnan Causevic put into his own net from Vlad Chiriches's shot. Mousa Dembele sealed victory 12 minutes later when he slotted calmly into the corner.

Swansea City 0-1 Valencia

Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony is likely to be out for "several weeks" after suffering a hamstring injury in the defeat by Valencia.

The 24-year-old, who has scored four Barclays Premier League goals this season, limped off just before half-time and manager Michael Laudrup says the injury "could be quite a serious one".

"We will have to wait two or three days for the scan," Laudrup said. "Unfortunately, we are talking several weeks."

The Swans ended the match with 10 men, after Angel Rangel was forced off late on with all three substitutes used. However, Laudrup believes Rangel's injury is not as serious as Bony's.

The match was settled by Daniel Parejo's goal after 20 minutes, leaving second-placed Swansea City needing a point against St Gallen on 12 December to be certain of qualification.

However, they could still make it through even if they lose, as long as third-placed Kuban Krasnodar, who are three points behind Swansea, do not defeat Valencia in their final match.

Swansea City travel to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday and you can catch all the action with Matchday Live. For all the build-up click here.

UEFA Europa League results

Group A
Swansea City
0-1 Valencia (Parejo)
Kuban Krasnodar 4-0 St Gallen

Group K
Tromso 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Causevic og, Dembele)
Anji Makhachkala 1-1 FC Sheriff

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Key Points

  • Spurs beat Tromso in UEFA Europa League and secure top spot in Group K
  • Swansea City lose 1-0 at home to Valencia and need a point to guarantee progress
  • Striker Wilfried Bony injured and could be out for "several weeks"