Europa League: Pav earns win for Spurs
Published 21/10/2011 | 01:06
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Rubin Kazan 0: Roman Pavlyuchenko handed Harry Redknapp a timely reminder of his talents by firing in a brilliant 20-yard free-kick to hand Tottenham an important Europa League group stage win over Rubin Kazan at White Hart Lane.
Pavlyuchenko blasted home an early contender for goal of the season with a powerful strike that flew in off the bar, just 24 hours after Redknapp admitted he would consider selling the striker in the January transfer window.
Surprise starter Heurelho Gomes did well to deny Gokdeniz Karadeniz in the first-half, and Tottenham were second best for most of the second-half, but they held on to register the win that moved them two points clear at the top of Group A.
The home crowd were quiet but they soon woke from their slumber thanks to Pavlyuchenko's opener.
Danny Rose won a free-kick on the edge of the box and Pavlyuchenko confidently strode up to the ball and powered a blistering strike that flew in off the bar.
The 29-year-old celebrated what was his second strike of the season in front of the small pocket of Rubin fans.
Pavlyuchenko almost grabbed another in the last minute of the first-half, but Ryzhikov tipped the striker's deflected shot around the post.