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UEFA Europa League

  • February 28, 2014
  • • 04:05
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: A. Gautier
  • • Attendance: 34815

Tottenham Hotspur win Aggregate 3 - 2

Live Commentary

  • FULL-TIME! Eriksen takes the free-kick short and the referee immediately ends the match. Spurs are through to the next round of the Europa League to face Benfica! Such an outcome looked so unlikely not too long ago as Dnipro took the lead, but an excellent spell of three goals in 13 minutes swung the tie. Roman Zozulya's red card undoubtedly changed the match, but Spurs won't be too bothered about that. Thanks for joining me and I hope you've enjoyed the action.
  • 90' + 5'
    Yellow Card Denis Kulakov
  • 90' + 5'
    Kane does well to kill a little time under pressure in the final third. He ends up winning a free-kick near the left corner of the Dnipro area as Eriksen steps up to take it.
  • 90' + 4'
    Very good effort by Konoplyanka as his free-kick looks to be curling into the bottom-left corner, but Lloris does well to get down to his right and parry it away.
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow Card Michael Dawson
  • 90' + 3'
    Ruthless tackle from Dawson as he callously hacks down Giuliano, 30 yards from goal. He gets a yellow card for his troubles and Dnipro have a great chance here.
  • 90' + 1'
    There will be a minimum of five minutes of added time.
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Ruslan Rotan
  • 90'
    Spurs win a free-kick just inside the Dnipro half, but they refuse to smash to long towards the penalty area. It is played short to Bentaleb as they look to keep possession for as long as possible.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionRoberto Soldado Harry Kane
  • 88'
    Lloris is forced into action again, this time from Konoplyanka. The winger drifted in from the left, skipped past one tackle and shot from about 30 yards, but the French goalkeeper parried it away to his right.
  • 86'
    Dnipro have four minutes plus stoppage-time to save their European season, while Spurs just have to hold on. Will the Premier League side fold under this late pressure?
  • 85'
    SubstitutionAndros Townsend Aaron Lennon
  • 84'
    SubstitutionArtem Fedetskiy Denis Kulakov
  • 84'
    Decent opportunity for Dnipro as Seleznyov finds space in the crowded Spurs penalty area, but his half-volley from an acute angle is palmed away by Lloris. 
  • 83'
    So close to a fourth for Spurs! Townsend finally does well down the right and he flashes a good cross in behind the Dnipro centre-backs. Soldado arrives late and tries to direct it into the goal, but his effort bounces up off the ground and on to the top of the goal.
  • 82'
    Spurs know they are in control and that they have everything to lose here as they knock around lots of quick, simple passes. Dnipro are starting to look jaded.
  • 80'
    Promising attack for Spurs as Townsend is released down the right. The winger proves to be too predictable, however, as he is easily tackled by Cheberyachko after cutting in on to his left foot.
  • 78'
    Just over 12 minutes left to play. Rotan wins a free-kick deep on the left flank as Dnipro attempt to launch another hopeful attack. Spurs are looking solid at the moment, however.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionSandro Nabil Bentaleb
  • 76'
    Good link-up play between Eriksen and Soldado and the latter looks set to pull the trigger inside the area, but Rotan comes across to put in a powerful - but well-timed - tackle.
  • 75'
    Tottenham are of course still in a dangerous position. Although they are winning 3-2 on aggregate, another goal for Dnipro would swing the tie in their favour as they would have two away goals.
  • 73'
    What a great chance for Dnipro! Matheus does well to cut into the right side of the Spurs area and after cleverly evading Vertonghen, the Brazilian tries to play a pass back to Selexnyov, but Dawson makes a crucial block.
  • 71'
    What an outrageous 13 minute spell for Spurs. The red card undoubtedly played a part, but Sherwood's men can only beat the team in front of them and they're doing a sterling job at the moment. 
  • 70'
    SubstitutionJaba Kankava Yevgen Seleznov
  • 69'
    Assist Zeki Fryers
  • 69'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
    GOAL!!! Spurs complete the comeback! What scenes at White Hart Lane! Fryers plays a majestic lofted pass from near the halfway line and Adebayor brings it down, charges into the area and coolly pokes the ball past Boyko to give Spurs a 3-2 aggregate lead.
  • 67'
    Dnipro now have pretty much have all 10 players behind the ball. They're doing their best to keep the hosts at bay, but Spurs are rampant at the moment.
  • 65'
    Assist Christian Eriksen
  • 65'
    Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
    GOAL!!! Spurs take the lead at White Hart Lane! Eriksen plays a crucial role again, cutting on to his right foot on the left flank before flashing a brilliant cross into the centre. Adebayor stretches and directs the ball past Boyko. Two down, one to go!
  • 64'
    Zozulya definitely made a questionable decision to butt Vertonghen, but the defender really made the most of that. Zozulya was startlingly angry and he had to be held back by several players as he sought revenge on the Belgian.
  • 62'
    Red Card Roman Zozulya
  • 62'
    RED CARD! Zozulya is given a straight red card by the referee. Vertonghen ran into the forward in the penalty area as the hosts prepared to take a free-kick and he responded by giving the Belgian a slight headbutt. Vertonghen goes down in agony and out comes the red card.
  • 60'
    Dnipro hit the post! Rotan deceived the Spurs defence by dragging his free-kick across the edge of the area for Konoplyanka and the winger caressed a brilliant effort on to the post.
  • 59'
    Yellow Card Jan Vertonghen
  • 59'
    Dangerous move from Dnipro as Matheus is almost released down the right, but he is hauled down by Vertonghen. The Belgian gets a yellow card.
  • 58'
    Sherwood is clearly unhappy with the visitors. The Spurs coach feels Dnipro are taking too much time over just about everything at the moment and the referee comes over to the touchline and tells him to zip it. 
  • 56'
    Goal Christian Eriksen
    GOAL!!! Spurs equalise on the night! Eriksen stepped up to the free-kick and curled a precise finish over the wall and into the net! Boyko got a hand to it and probably should have kept it out, but Spurs won't mind. One down, two to go!
  • 55'
    More impressive shielding and hold-up play by Adebayor. He controls the ball on the edge of the area, holds off Fedetsky and then draws a foul from Kankava. Great opportunity. 
  • 54'
    Spurs have the ball in the back of the net, but it won't count! Eriksen slid a delightful intricate pass into the area for Soldado and he confidently slotted past Boyko, but the Spaniard is correctly flagged offside. 
  • 53'
    Decent try by Dembele! Eriksen's corner drops awkwardly for the Belgian, but he does well to get his body over the ball and hit a volley into the ground. It bounces up and loops on to the roof of the net. 
  • 52'
    Good play by Townsend down the right as he beats Strinic and just about keeps the ball in play. The Croatian knocks it out for a corner, though.
  • 50'
    Spurs now have to score three times tonight due to Dnipro getting that all-important away goal. They haven't looked like score once so far tonight. Can they do it? 
  • 48'
    Assist Ruslan Rotan
  • 48'
    Goal Roman Zozulya
    GOAL!!! Dnipro take the lead at White Hart Lane! Rotan's delivery from deep is excellent and Zozulya meets the ball in mid-air, heading it in despite Lloris' best efforts. Spurs now have a mountain to climb as Dnipro lead 2-0 on aggregate.
  • 47'
    Dnipro have the first free-kick of the half after Sandro knocked over Konoplyanka on the left. Ruslan Rotan stands over the ball, ready to deliver from deep.
  • 46'
    The teams are back out for the second half and Spurs re-start the action.
  • HALF-TIME: The referee blows his whistle to end the first half. Spurs have generally had the better of the possession, but they have created precious little. Dnipro have not made too many opportunities themselves, but the Ukrainians have been solid and relatively untroubled at the break. Sherwood needs a vast improvement if Spurs are to over-turn Dnipro's 1-0 aggregate lead.
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Sandro
  • 44'
    Yellow card for Sandro due to a high foot as he clashes with Zozulya near the centre-circle. He is clearly unimpressed by the referee's decision, but that was a little dangerous.
  • 43'
    Spurs are growing notably frustrated. The final ball simply isn't coming off, Dnipro look dangerous on the break and the hosts' forwards are struggling to get involved. They really need to improve in the second half.
  • 41'
    Eriksen is there once again for the set-piece. His delivery from the left corner is good, but Boyko does well to punch the ball away. Naughton arrives late to smash the ball back towards goal from the edge of the area, but his attempt is blocked.
  • 40'
    Plenty of late pressure for Spurs. Eriksen stands over a free-kick towards the right and he hooks it into the area. Dnipro remain solid at the back and Spurs have to settle for a corner. 
  • 38'
    Sandro sees his name in tomorrow's headlines as he tries an audacious attempt from at least 35 yards, but the Brazilian's effort flies just over the crossbar. 
  • 36'
    After having the ball laid off to him, Matheus blasts the ball high and wide, causing more trouble for the stewards than Lloris. He then attempts to blame the lay off, but it was simply a dreadful effort.
  • 35'
    Zozulya tries to bring out a long ball from the back, but Vertonghen is adjudged to have fouled him about 35 yards from goal. The two then proceed to exchange some heated words.
  • 34'
    We have just over ten minutes until the break and Spurs are still finding it difficult to break their opponents down. Although Eriksen is looking bright, there seems to be a lack of cutting edge through the middle and absolutely no threat out wide.
  • 32'
    Massive chance for Dnipro! Giuliano lofts a delightful pass over Dawson for Matheus and he brings the ball down on his way into the area. However, at the crucial stage the former Braga man loses his footing and Dawson can breathe a sigh of relief.
  • 30'
    Spurs are certainly trying to create things here, but the final ball just isn't working. Eriksen is involved again in the attack, but Soldado tries to flick his pass on into the area for Adebayor, only to completely miss it. The Spaniard is having a tough evening!
  • 28'
    The referee has paused the game for a moment as Matheus seeks medical attention. The forward appeared to slightly clash with Naughton, but he looks to have made a meal of that.
  • 27'
    Decent attempt from range by Eriksen as he lines up a free-kick, about 35 yards from goal, but his dipping effort is well kept out by the sprawling Boyko.
  • 25'
    Soldado is a lucky boy to not only escape a red card, but also avoid a yellow. He is forced out to the left and followed by Fedetsky, who he swings an elbow at. The referee appears not to have seen what happened and just gives them a talking to.
  • 23'
    One disappointing facet of Spurs' play in the opening 23 minutes has been the lack of attacking support from the full-backs. However, Fryers finally gets forwards down the left, but Soldado's backheel goes out of play. What a waste of a good situation.
  • 21'
    Promising build-up play by Spurs. Dembele looks to pull the strings as Dnipro have 10 men behind the ball. The Belgian attempts a defence-splitting pass, but the ball goes through a body of players and straight to the goalkeeper.
  • 20'
    Konoplyanka delivers the corner, but it flies all the way through everyone and Dawson is there to mop up. The standard of set-pieces have not been great so far.
  • 19'
    Matheus has been quiet so far after a lively performance in the first leg, but he comes alive now. The Brazilian drifts to the right, kicks the ball against Fryers and wins a corner.
  • 17'
    Good play by Eriksen again. He glides past Giuliano and Kankava on the edge of the Dnipro area, but Cheberyachko makes a crucial tackle before he can burst into the box.
  • 15'
    Ramos will be pleased with how his side are coping so far. Spurs have dominated possession, but the visitors are looking relatively comfortable at the back. Dnipro have five men in defence, while Rotan is also dropping rather deep.
  • 13'
    This time Eriksen appears on the left and cuts inside. He beats Fedetsky and tries to get a shot away from the corner of the area, but Mazuch covers well and makes an important block.
  • 12'
    Eriksen is looking particularly dangerous at the moment. The Dane is roaming all over the place and Dnipro are finding it difficult to pick him up.
  • 11'
    There is Dnipro's first effort on goal. Konoplyanka takes a short corner and quickly gets the ball back. He cuts on to his right foot and tries luck from a position wide on the left, but Lloris makes an easy save at his near post.
  • 9'
    In goes the corner delivery, but Dnipro are able to clear their lines fairly quickly. Adebayor and Vertonghen challenged, but Fedetsky nods it away.
  • 8'
    Decent chance for the hosts. Adebayor shows off his excellent hold-up play as he brings down a lofted pass from Dembele. He knocks the ball back to Eriksen who fires a first-time half-volley, but it is deflected just over.
  • 6'
    Naughton steals possession back on the right and quickly gets the ball forward to Adebayor. He slips a pass through for Soldado and he looks set to burst into the area, but his first touch is heavy and Dnipro clear.
  • 4'
    Dnipro look very composed on the ball, despite Spurs' intense start. Giuliano has shown a couple of clever glimpses in the middle, but Sandro is proving to be a good shield for Spurs, though.
  • 3'
    Encouraging start for the hosts as they press Dnipro back into their own penalty area. The visitors look prepared for this, though, and they are perfectly set up for counterattacking football.
  • 1'
    We're off at White Hart Lane!
  • The two teams are now out on the pitch. Kick-off is just a couple of minutes away.
  • Spurs coach Tim Sherwood has made the ambitious decision to start both Adebayor and Soldado in attack, while he has been handed a big boost with the return to fitness of midfield enforcer Sandro.
  • Dnipro, meanwhile, have only played one competitive match since December 12; the win over Spurs. Juande Ramos' men are not back in domestic action again until March 9.
  • Tottenham come into this match after suffering back-to-back defeats in all competitions. Dnipro inflicted the first of those losses before Norwich City also defeated them 1-0 at the weekend.
  • The Ukrainian side lead this tie 1-0 from the first leg after Yevhen Konoplyanka's late penalty in Dnipropetrovsk. Spurs will be confident of over-turning the one-goal deficit, but they will have to remain alert to counterattacks, with Matheus, Giuliano and Konoplyanka all posing big threats.
  • Dnipro subs: Lastuvka, Kularov, Kalinic, Seleznyov, Gama, Douglas, Politylo.
  • The Dnipro line-up is: Boyko; Fedetskiy, Mazuch, Cheberyachko, Strinic, Kankava; Rotan, Zozulya, Giuliano, Konoplyanka; Matheus.
  • Spurs subs: Friedel, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Chadli, Lennon, Paulinho, Kane. 
  • The Tottenham team is: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Fryers; Dembele, Eriksen, Sandro, Townsend; Adebayor, Soldado.
  • Hello and welcome to the live text commentary of the Europa League second round second leg between Tottenham and Dnipro. My name is Ryan Benson and I shall be describing the action for you today.