Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk will travel to White Hart Lane next week with a 1-0 aggregate advantage in their Europa League Round of 32 tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
Yevheniy Konoplyanka scored the only goal of Thursday’s first leg in Ukraine after teammate Matheus was hauled to ground by Jan Vertonghen inside the Spurs box. The 24-year-old—a Liverpool target last month—made no mistake from the spot and delivered a well-earned victory for his side.
Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Spurs players.
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Half-Time analysis for Tottenham
Friedel: Made important saves on Matheus and Zozulya
Naughton: Distribution has been lacking, and he’s facing Dnipro’s best attacker in Konoplyanka.
Dawson: Having to cover for Vertonghen, who has been poor.
Vertonghen: Caught out by Matheus when attempting to play an offside trap.
Rose: Has shaken off a knock and concluded the first half by making a key challenge on Zozulya.
Capoue: Giving the ball away far too often.
Paulinho: See above.
Bentaleb: Spurs best passer during the opening frame.
Townsend: Narrowly missed his free-kick midway through the first half.
Chadli: Being frequently dispossessed as Dnipro break downfield.
Soldado: Just 22 touches so far.
Full-Time analysis for Tottenham
Friedel: Considering the defense in front of him, he was well near exceptional.
Naughton: Struggled noticeably against Konoplyanka and Strinic.
Dawson: Conceded a late corner after playing Dnipro onside.
Vertonghen: Capped a woeful display by conceding a late penalty.
Rose: Did rather well, given that left-back has been a problem position for Spurs all season.
Capoue: Very poor distribution, yet he somehow played the full match.
Paulinho: Was much better after the restart and hit the outside of the post in the dying seconds.
Bentaleb: Will have wanted to touch the ball more than 58 times.
Townsend: Took four shots but was eventually moved to the left after failing to make a meaningful breakthrough opposite Strinic.
Chadli: Committed four fouls and was generally poor.
Soldado: Missed an absolute sitter midway through the second half.
Eriksen: Replaced Townsend in the 64th minute and immediately improved Spurs’ passing.
Kane: Had only three touches of the ball after coming on for Soldado.