Goal of the day: Lewis Holtby (Tottenham) vs Dinamo Tbilisi | inside World Soccer

A Lewis Holtby screamer rounded off a 3-0 victory for Tottenham Hotspur against Dinamo Tbilisi in their Europa League play-off clash on Thursday.

Carlos Vela of Real Sociedad celebrates scoring their second goal against Lyon
Tottenham player Lewis Holtby celebrates scoring his side's third goal against Dinamo Tbilisi

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Having won the first leg 5-0 in Georgia last week, André Villas-Boas' men dominated from start to finish at White Hart Lane.

Two first-half strikes from Jermain Defoe ended all hope of a miraculous comeback from the Georgian visitors.

And Holtby wrapped things up midway through the second period with a fine 25-yard strike for his first goal in Spurs colours.

Defoe and Tom Carroll worked the ball out to Holtby and the German drilled a right-footed drive which clipped the underside of the crossbar as it flew into the back of the net.

Holtby then flung himself onto the turf to relive Jürgen Klinsmann's famous self-deprecating diving celebration.

"When I got the goal it felt so fantastic because being out for nine weeks and missing pre-season was a hard summer," Holtby told Spurs TV after the match.

"I always said that when I scored my first goal for Tottenham I was going to do a tribute to Jürgen Klinsmann because he was a legend here.

"I thought he had big balls when he did that. I thought of doing it and it really worked."


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