Tottenham stays perfect, Valencia bounces back in Europa League


Jermain Defoe got Tottenham on the board with a 34th minute goal to spark Spurs' 2-0 victory.

MADRID (AP) - Tottenham overcame cold conditions to maintain its perfect Europa League start thanks to a confident victory on Thursday, when a goalkeeping gaffe sparked Valencia to its first win.

Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli scored first-half goals to pace Tottenham against Anji Makhachkala in near freezing temperatures.

Valencia enjoyed its own trip to Russia, bouncing back from a blowout loss to Swansea with a 2-0 win at Kuban Krasnodar.

Paco Alcacer could just about walk his 73rd-minute goal into the net after Kuban goalkeeper Aleksandr Belenov misjudged a clearance well outside the area. Sofiane Feghouli also netted for the Spanish side to get back into the mix in Group A.

In other games, Rubin Kazan beat Zulte Waregem 4-0, while Shakhter Karagandy and Maccabi Haifa played to 2-2.

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