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EUROPA LEAGUE QUALIFIER 1st LEG: Tottenham put five past Hearts

Tottenham all but confirmed their passage into the next phase of the Europa League after a crushing Hearts 5-0 at Tynecastle. Tottenham may have yet to start their Premier league campaign due to the riots in London but they quickly made light of their first competitive game of the season being three goals clear by half-time.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring on five minutes with Jermain Defoe and Jake Livermore added to the scoreline before the break.

Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon completed the demolition of their Scottish opponents in the 63rd and 78th minute to make the second leg at White Hart Lane a virtual formality.

Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Venue: Tynecastle Attendance: 16,279

Hearts scorers: Tottenham scorers: Van der Vaart 5, Defoe 13, Livermore 28, Bale 63, Lennon 78

HEARTS 25 Kello 03 Grainger (yellow card) 06 Webster 26 Zaliukas 02 Hamill 08 Black 11 Driver (Elliott 64) 12 Templeton (yellow card) 16 Stevenson 31 Mrowiec (Obua 81) 15 Sutton (Skacel 74)

Substitutes 30 MacDonald, 13 Obua, 17 McGowan, 04 Jonsson, 19 Skacel, 10 Elliott, 18 Novikovas

TOTTENHAM 01 Gomes 03 Bale (Townsend 70) 04 Kaboul (yellow card) 20 Dawson 28 Walker 32 Assou-Ekotto 07 Lennon 11 Van der Vaart (Huddlestone 59) 21 Kranjcar 29 Livermore 18 Defoe (Pavlyuchenko 79)

Substitutes 23 Cudicini, 24 Friedel, 19 Bassong, 22 Corluka, 06 Huddlestone, 31 Townsend, 09 Pavlyuchenko

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