Spurs rout Dinamo Tbilisi
Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend (AFP)
Paris - Young winger Andros Townsend gave England's Aaron Lennon food for thought with a starring role in Tottenham's 5-0 win at Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League on Thursday.
In a startling display, Townsend scored the opener and then set-up Brazil's Paulinho to open his Spurs account before laying a third on a plate for Roberto Soldado.
Soldado bagged another while young left-back Danny Rose scored his first for Spurs since netting on his debut against Arsenal in April, 2010.
Townsend's pinpoint crossing was in itself telling for a player who may be looking to displace Lennon in the north Londoners' first team this season, given the diminutive former Leeds United winger's own failings when centring from out wide.
The result in this play-off first leg tie has all but rendered next week's second leg at White Hart Lane meaningless and should see the English Premier League side safely into the Europa League group stages.
Townsend started off the rout when latching onto a ball cleared from the Spurs box following a Dinamo corner.
Kyle Naughton played the ball to Townsend, who raced 50 yards before firing low past goalkeeper George Loria from fully 25 yards on 11 minutes.
"I was delighted to score and that's what I have to do when I get my chance, score goals and make assists," said the 22-year-old Londoner.
"We were professional, saw the game out and scored a lot of goals. We played well."
Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson almost doubled the advantage when curling a free-kick from outside the area into the side-netting but the second goal did come two minutes before the break.
Naughton, again, released the lively Townsend down the right with a delicately chipped past and the winger turned inside his marker before picking out Paulinho's late run into the box with a perfect dinked cross, allowing the Brazilian to head simply home from six yards.
Townsend was at it again when he scampered down the right on 57 minutes, using his pace to reach the byline before picking out Soldado for a simple tap-in at the near post.
And it could have been more as Paulinho lost his bearings with an overhead bicycle kick after Townsend's delightful chip picked him out.
The respite for Dinamo was brief as Rose curled the pick of the bunch into the top corner from 20 yards on 65 minutes while three minutes later Soldado had another tap-in from six yards after substitute Nacer Chadli's fizzing cross from the left.
It could have been six seven minutes from time but young substitute Harry Kane's header from another inviting Chadli cross came back off the post.
It was a great night for the English Premier League as Swansea City trounced Romanians Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1 in Wales.
Wayne Routledge started the ball rolling, scoring a pair of first half goals either side of Spaniard Michu's close range toe poke.
And Ploiesti's Brazilian goalkeeper Picanha scored an unfortunate own goal to compound matters in the second half, elbowing the ball over the line after he had initially saved Wilfried Bony's near post flick.
Alejandro Pozuelo rounded off matters 20 minutes from time with a clever dink over the grounded Picanha after Michu's through ball.
But the goal of the night came from Ploiesti's Gheorge Grozav three minutes from time with a stunning overhead bicycle kick from the edge of the area that earnt him a standing ovation from the Swansea crowd.
In other games, Jorge Molina and Cedric scored as Real Betis triumphed 2-1 at Czechs Jablonec, for whom Jan Kopic hit the net.
Ukraine giants Dynamo Kiev won 3-2 at Kazakhs Aktobe Lento while Russians Rubin Kazan won 2-0 at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde.
Former European Cup winners Feyenoord lost 1-0 at Russians Kyban Krasnodar while France's Saint-Etienne, finallists in 1976, were beaten 4-3 at Danes Esbjerg.
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