Tottenham Hotspur vs. Dnipro: 6 Things We Learned

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Dnipro: 6 Things We Learned
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Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor played leading roles in Tottenham's comeback win over Dnipro in the Europa League.

Tottenham Hotspur secured passage to the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night with a 3-1 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

The visitors—managed by former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos—held onto their 1-0 aggregate lead from the first leg during a frustrating first half for their hosts.

When Roman Zozulya put Dnipro two up from a softly allowed header it looked like more European disappointment might be on the cards for Spurs.

Following a disallowed Roberto Soldado goal, a Christian Eriksen free-kick reduced the deficit within 10 minutes before controversy struck.

As both teams waited on the edge of the Dnipro box for another set piece, Zozulya clashed heads with Jan Vertonghen, with the latter falling to the floor. There was definite intent from the Ukrainian, but Vertonghen's hysterical reaction was a disgraceful overreaction.

With Zozulya sent off, Spurs made the most of their one-man advantage, injecting some much-needed quality to their now-greater pressure.

Emmanuel Adebayor got on the end of a Christian Eriksen cross to make it 2-1 on the night. Just four minutes later, Zeki Fryers terrifically picked out the striker who took it on his chest and added his second, sealing a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Tim Sherwood's side face Benfica in the next round and, more pressingly, take on Cardiff City in the Premier League this weekend.

Before we move onto that one, here are a few things learned from Thursday's game.

 

 

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