Spurs player ratings from Dnipro win: Adebayor and Eriksen drag Londoners through

Emmanuel Adebayor

A fantastic comeback saw Spurs win 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a free kick from Christian Eriksen and a brace from on fire Emanuel Adebayor.

Below are Spurs player ratings from the game:

Hugo Lloris 8/10 - The French number one had an easy first half with no shots to deal with. The second half was a different matter, having little chance with Zozulya's header despite getting a hand to it, and making a series of smart saves from Konoplyanka to keep the score down to one.

Kyle Naughton 6.5/10 - Naughton enjoyed another tough evening against Yevhen Konoplyanka, marshalling him well at times, while losing him to central areas to shoot on goal at others.

Zeki Fryers 6.5/10 - The youngster set up the goal that sent Spurs through, crossing to Adebayor from deep. He had a decent enough game as he celebrated his call up to the England Under-21 side, despite having some trouble with the pace of Matheus.

Michael Dawson 6.5/10 - The Spurs captain was lucky when Matheus lost his footing as he moved ahead of him, with the referee ignoring the penalty shouts from the visitors. Aside from that, much of his defending was ahead of him, though did make one vital professional challenge as Konoplyanka was gifted possession with just seconds left, taking the dangerman out and earning a yellow card for his efforts.

Jan Vertonghen 6.5/10 - Was unable to keep track of Roman Zozulya as the attacker headed Dnipro into a lead, and was then involved in the flash point that changed the game as his feud with the Ukrainian escalated, leaving the Belgian on the floor after a headbutt, and Zozulya sent from the field. Also booked.

Sandro 7/10 - Making his welcome return for Spurs, the Beast was fairly involved in proceedings and pushed the Spurs midfield onwards once Eriksen drew them level on the night. Booked for a high challenge.

Moussa Dembele 7/10 - Hit a bouncing volley into the ground and just over the bar as Tottenham slowly came into the game in the second half. Linked up well with Eriksen at times despite having plenty of Dnipro midfielders around him whenever he got the ball. Should be prepared to shoot more often from distance.

Andros Townsend 7/10 - Townsend struggled to get into the game on the right hand side to begin with, with more of the ball coming via Eriksen on the other flank. Improved later on and began to look a real danger both when he was cutting inside, as well as crossing with his left, with one ball to Soldado particularly impressive.

Christian Eriksen 8.5/10 - The Dane looked eager to impress as he shouldered much of the creative burden from midfield. Eriksen was happy to shoot from distance, with a volley taking a deflection that sent it just over, and then hitting a free kick that had Boyko sprawling to keep it out. Pulled Spurs back in it with an even better set piece that beat the wall and squeezed past the Dnipro keeper. He also provided a fantastic cross for Adebayor to slide in, and surely must start against Cardiff on Sunday.

Emanuel Adebayor 8.5/10 - The big frontman showed the confidence and form you'd expect of a man on such a great run of goals, scoring a brace to ensure Tottenham's progress into the next round. Was already working hard and full of running before he slid in from Eriksen's cross, and scored a classy second with a flick from the outside of his right foot. Sought to get on the ball constantly and was more and more dangerous as the game went on.

Roberto Soldado 6.5/10 - The last thing Soldado would want as he struggles at Spurs is a red card, and a flailing elbow could have given him that midway through the first half. Luckily for Spurs, the referee missed it. Scored an offside goal that was disallowed despite being a great finish. Got on the end of one great Townsend cross, putting it just over, and will be pleased with the reception he got from the home fans as he was withdrawn late on.

Substitutes:

Nabil Bentaleb ('76) 6/10 - Taking to the pitch for Sandro coincided with Spurs sitting back and letting 10 man Dnipro come onto them. Was a little sloppy in possession too.

Aaron Lennon ('85) 6.5/10 - Gave the hosts a little added impetus and threat once he replaced Townsend, who had himself been getting at the Dnipro defence.

Harry Kane ('88) 6.5/10 - Despite taking to the field for the last few minutes, there was one moment where Kane showed great maturity and sense to pass up the chance to head for goal o ensure Spurs hold on to possession.

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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