In-form Heung-Min Son scored the only goal of the game as Tottenham defeated CSKA Moscow 1-0 in Champions League Group E in Moscow.
Spurs went into the game looking to bounce back from their opening defeat at the hands of Monaco at Wembley a fortnight ago. And, having dominated the majority of possession at Arena CSKA, they secured a deserved three points with Son grabbing the only goal of the game, to make it five goals from as many games for him in all competitions this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side started brightly but it was the hosts who had the first opportunity in the sixth minute, when Mario Fernandes opted to head towards Lacina Traore from an Aleksandr Golovkin cross, when he should have gone for goal himself.
Spurs came forward in the ninth minute with Kieran Trippier setting up Vincent Janssen at the front post, but he fired over the top, albeit he was in an offside position so it would not have counted.
The north Londoners continued to enjoy plenty of possession without really troubling the CSKA defence. Indeed, it was the home side who almost went ahead just after the half-hour when a Jan Vertonghen headed clearance dropped to Zoran Tosic just 15 yards out, but he somehow fired wide with just Hugo Lloris to beat.
Roman Eremenko then cut inside and forced Lloris to save at the second attempt with a fierce low drive.
Spurs responded quickly and Dele Alli almost fired them ahead on 35 minutes with a stunning strike which came back off the crossbar. A minute later and Janssen did put the ball into the CSKA net, but the offside flag thwarted the Dutch forward.
Toby Alderweireld had an opportunity on 40 minutes but put his header straight at Igor Akinfeev when he should have done better, before Alli sent his header over the top from a Christian Eriksen cross to the back post on 43 minutes.
CSKA had the first chance of the second half on 52 minutes when the ball broke to Tosic in the area, but his effort was deflected just over Lloris’ goal.
A minute later Son broke into the area but was denied by Georgi Schennikov, who brilliantly denied him with a scrambled clearance.
Son then curled an effort inches wide of Akinfeev’s far post, before Ben Davies missed his kick in the area when presented with a good opportunity to score.
Spurs finally took the lead on 71 minutes when Erik Lamela set up Son in the area and, while Akinfeev got something on his effort, the ball rolled over the line.
Son went close to adding a second three minutes later, but Schennikov managed to block his effort from eight yards out and Alli failed to convert when following up.
CSKA tried to rally for an equaliser late on but, apart from an Eremenko strike which Lloris required two attempts to gather, Spurs looked comfortable and held on for the win.