Tottenham Hotspur are through to the last 16 of the Europa League after a come-from-behind win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Roman Zozulya had given the guests the lead inside the first two minutes of the second half, but shortly before the hour-mark Christian Eriksen hit a spectacular equaliser from a free-kick, and after Zozulya was then sent off after appearing to head-butt Jan Vertonghen in the 62nd minute the stage was set for a Spurs comeback.
A pair of Emmanuel Adebayor goals later and the hosts were into the next round of the competition at the expense of an aggrieved opponent, who no doubt felt Vertonghen had taken a dive in his exchange with Zozulya.
Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Tottenham players.
|Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Spurs
Llorid: Didn’t have a save to make and communicated well with his defense.
Naughton: Allowing Konoplyanka to get in behind him far too often.
Dawson: Distribution has been woeful.
Vertonghen: Got in a tangle with Rotan after the two fought for a loose ball.
Fryers: Offering pace and a reliable attacking option down the left.
Townsend: Finding it rather crowded on the right-hand side of the pitch.
Sandro: Rightfully booked for a careless, high challenge on Rotan.
Dembele: Not providing the sort of link between defense and attack that manager Tim Sherwood would like.
Eriksen: Active and looking his side’s best attacker, but wasted two free-kicks.
Soldado: Sometimes you feel he doesn’t even know where the ball is.
Adebayor: Next to anonymous.
Full-Time analysis for Spurs
Llorid: Made a spectacular save to deny Konoplyanka in the dying minutes.
Naughton: Covered a lot of ground and was much better in the second half.
Dawson: Messy at times from the skipper, but job done.
Vertonghen: Went to ground far too easily after going up against Zozulya, conning the referee into showing a red card.
Fryers: Picked up an assist on Adebayor’s second.
Townsend: A quiet night ended when he was replaced by Lennon with five minutes to play.
Sandro: A solid display on his comeback from a calf injury.
Dembele: His distribution was far, far better after the restart.
Eriksen: Scored a lovely goal from a set-piece and then assisted Adebayor’s first.
Soldado: Another abysmal showing by the Spaniard.
Adebayor: Followed up a poor first half with one of the better periods of his Spurs career.
Bentaleb: Helped slow things down with excellent passing upon his introduction.
Lennon: Only four touches in a brief cameo.
Kane: Replaced Soldado in the 88th minute.