The strike for the Englishman puts the player level with Chivers.
It was a good night all round for Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League as a 0-2 win over Sheriff Tiraspol puts them within touching distance of qualifying for the next round.
Yet for Jermain Defoe the tie will be remembered for the striker’s goal that equalled Martin Chivers’ European record for the club with 22 strikes.
The record has stood for 40 years but now Defoe looks set to break Chivers’ effort, with the England international needing just one more goal in Europe.
It was a good night for Spurs as Jan Vertonghen gave the north London side the lead before the striker struck late on to secure the points.
For Defoe it was another chance to prove to manager Andre Villas-Boas what the 31-year-old is capable of, having lost a starting place in the side to new £26m man Roberto Soldado.
However, it was the Englishman’s to savour and it was an important goal too with the scoreline somewhat flattering Tottenham.
Despite having cruised to victory in previous matches, Sheriff and their host of Brazilian stars proved a much sterner test and the game could have easily swung in the hosts’ favour.
It was another new signing in Vlad Chiriches that have to save Villas-Boas’ men in the closest the home team came to a goal, with an acrobatic clearance.
As it was the Premier League outfit won and Defoe knows that just one more strike in what is likely to be a longer European campaign for Spurs, will see the forward marked down forever in the club’s history.
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