Roman's message for Redknapp
Published 21/10/2011 | 05:00
Roman Pavlyuchenko gave Harry Redknapp a timely reminder of his talents by firing in a brilliant 20-yard free-kick to hand Tottenham an important Group A 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 the group.
Elsewhere, Cameron Jerome was controversially sent off as Stoke strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at the Britannia Stadium to consolidate their position at the top of Group E.
It seemed little could go wrong for the Potters after first-half headers from Kenwyne Jones and Jerome and a finish from Ryan Shotton had put them firmly in the driving seat.
They were then reduced to 10 men as Jerome collected a second yellow card in the 43rd minute having -- somewhat harshly -- been adjudged to have elbowed Yoav Ziv, but Ziv himself was shown red early in the second half and the hosts had little trouble seeing out the victory from there.
Moussa Dembele's red card turned a difficult night for Fulham into a frustrating 1-0 Group K defeat in Poland against Wisla Krakow.
The Belgium international's unlucky sending off paved the way for the Polish champions to secure their first points, with David Biton striking the all-important goal at Stadion Miejski.
Chris Wood scored a stunning winner in the 10th minute of stoppage time to secure Birmingham a thrilling Group H away win against Club Brugge.
The Championship side had trailed to Joseph Akpala's third-minute opener but equalised through David Murphy, before Wood provided the late winner.