Dnipro vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned

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Dnipro vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned
Sergei Kozin/Associated Press
Jan Vertonghen hunts the ball on a rough night for him and his team against a tough and skillful Dnipro team.

An 81st minute Yevhen Konoplyanka penalty gave FC Dnipro a 1-0 first leg win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Europa League round of 32 meeting on Thursday.

The spot-kick was awarded after Jan Vertonghen had failed to stop the run of Matheus, with the striker appearing to be pulled back by the Belgian defender.

It was not the first time Tottenham had struggled to deal with the penetrative running of the quick and purposeful Dnipro attack. The Ukrainian outfit might have scored before then, if not for an excellent display from Brad Friedel deputising in goal.

For all the danger posed by Juande Ramos' side, Spurs could have been in front prior to Konoplyanka's goal.

Early in the second half, Roberto Soldado somehow missed an open goal after Paulinho had picked him out at the back post. Just under ten minutes later, Christian Eriksen had a goal disallowed after being judged narrowly offside.

Nacer Chadli was unable to convert an equaliser late on after finding himself in a similar position to Soldado following Harry Kane's flick across the box from an Eriksen corner.

Spurs will still fancy their chances of overturning Dnipro back at White Hart Lane next week, but will need to be at their best against a team who will surely be brimming with confidence.

For now, read on for a few things learned from the first leg.

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