Tottenham player ratings: Veteran goalkeeper outstanding alongside Paulinho

Friedel Spurs

Tottenham went down 1-0 in Ukraine thanks to a penalty from Spurs and Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The result could have been worse for Tottenham after some heroic Brad Friedel goalkeeping kept the score down, but it could have also been much better, with Spurs having plenty of chances of their own to find the net in what was an open game.

Below are the Tottenham player ratings from the Europa League Knockout Stage First Leg:

Brad Friedel 8.5/10 - The Spurs veteran made one Lloris-like charge from his box to clear danger in the first half, and it set the tone for an impressive performance that belied his years. He made a top save just a few minutes later as he stood up to Matheus with the Brazilian through on goal, with a second effort from the Dnipro frontman being palmed away. Saved well at the feet of Giuliano as the match moved into the last 20 minutes, and also helped keep out a late free kick that escaped all of his defenders. Kept the score down to one as Spurs went missing after conceding.

Kyle Naughton 6/10 - Forward much less than Danny Rose on the other flank in the first half, but in the second period he pushed up and played his part in several attacking moves. Impressed at times against Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka, who gave fellow Spurs fullback Kyle Walker a torrid time in last years international between Ukraine and England.

Michael Dawson 5.5/10 - In contrast, Dawson had a tough evening against the livewire Konoplyanka, though he did make an outstanding headed clearance at the beginning of the second half. Made one fantastically timed block against the Dnipro danger man with 25 minutes left, but lost his man at the death as the home side nearly scored a second. His poor choice to step out gave the space for the Ukrainians to attack Jan Vertonghen in the leadup to the penalty.

Jan Vertonghen 6/10 - The former Ajax-man made some great blocks throughout the game, striding forward to intercept with increasing authority as the game wore on. However, with just ten minutes he felled Matheus in the box despite getting a toe on the ball, and Konoplyanka made no mistake from the spot.

Danny Rose 6.5/10 - Made one strong run forward which then saw him taken down by a Dnipro defender and having to shake off a foot problem. Recovered and picked out Chadli with an excellent cross that the Belgian put well over. Again one of Tottenham's biggest attacking threats.

Eitenne Capoue 6/10 - Performed okay ahead of the Tottenham back four, at least for much of the game, though was missing as the opponents came forward to win a penalty. 

Nabil Bentaleb 5.5/10 - Bentaleb was unusually sloppy in possession at times on the difficult pitch. Came forward well after good work from Soldado, and looked to be fouled out only for the Italian referee Antonio Lahoz to turn down the penalty call. Was much better against Newcastle.

Paulinho 7/10 - Tottenham's best outfield player. Burst on to an excellent Soldado through ball before being taken out right on the edge of the area by Ivan Strinic. Spurs argued that it was a goal scoring chance and a penalty, but the referee awarded a free kick while booking the Croatian. Also provided the cross for Soldado's shocking miss. With minutes remaining, he flicked the ball against the Dnipro post following a corner for the away side, and alongside Soldado, produced much of Spurs' best football.

Andros Townsend 6/10 - One shot straight at the keeper from 20 yards out as Townsend started his first game since returning from injury. Also curled a free kick just wide. May continue to split opinion due to his tendency to shoot when he has half a chance, but if any of his efforts start to fall either side of the keeper, he could become a game changer.

Nacer Chadli 6/10 - Was looking to build on his excellent cameo against Newcastle last week, and will be disappointed he faded from the game. Provided a good early cross that Soldado just failed to glance past Denys Boyko in the Dnipro goal. Put his own effort high and wide after good work from Rose. Just failed to convert Kane's knock back late on. 

Roberto Soldado 6/10 - The Spaniard was looking to play his way back into the picture at Spurs, leading the line in the absence of Emanuel Adebayor. Threaded a sublime through ball to Paulinho that saw a free kick awarded on the edge of the area, and then nearly capitalised on a crazy turn by Dnipro keeper Boyko. Was having a decent game until he somehow put the ball over from just 4 yards after good work by Paulinho. It's likely the miss will hang over his performance, which was generally promising and full of excellent touches and passing. Came off with five minutes left.


Christian Eriksen ('64) 5.5/10 - Nearly scored with his first touch, only for his strike to be disallowed after a tight offside decision. Had little impact as Dnipro pushed forward later in the game.

Harry Kane ('86) 6/10 - Came on for Soldado, and ran on to a chance straight away before Boyko smothered the ball at his feet. Flicked the ball across the face of the goal from a corner.

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