Tottenham 3 Dnipro 1: Player ratings

Tottenham 3 Dnipro 1: Player ratings as Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor fires his side into the last 16

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey
Tottenham
3
Dnipro
1

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Rarely called upon and didn’t make a meaningful save throughout the 90 minutes despite having to pick the ball out of his net. As per usual, his distribution was flawless. 7/10

Kyle Naughton Handed the tough task of marshalling Konoplyanka and allowed the winger far too much time and space. His ability to provide support at the other end of the pitch was limited as a result. 6

Michael Dawson Rather uncomfortable evening for the skipper as he was exposed on more than one occasion. In a game that his side dominated, passing also left a lot to be desired. Often went for the difficult ball instead of keeping things simple and letting those with more aptitude to set the wheels in motion. 5

Jan Vertonghen Not a performance to instill a large amount of confidence but played his part in getting Zozulya sent-off. Was his most important contribution. 5

Ezekeil Fryers Looked right at home from the outset as he caused trouble down the left with pace and direct running. His final ball was poor initially but grew in stature as the game wore on. 7

Moussa Dembele Struggled to get into the game in an overcrowded midfield area. Usually is the starting point for attacks but was strangely anonymous and ineffective. 5

Christian Eriksen Roamed freely from the left, allowing Fryers to venture into the space, and was his sides’s most-potent looking threat. Linked efficiently with team-mates in the final third, while his set piece deliveries were dangerous. Brilliant free-kick got Spurs back into the tie. 7

Sandro Typically energetic and dynamic performance as he hassled the opposition but on his return, showed too much enthusiasm and was rightfully booked for a reckless first-half challenge. Replaced with a quarter remaining. 6

Andros Townsend Started brightly but was outnumbered and got very little time or space to run at the full-back. Often cut infield in an attempt to break free of the shackles, to little effect. His performance was symptomatic of the hosts’s frustration. 5

Emmanuel Adebayor (Man of the match) Largely anonymous for an hour until poking Spurs level with a clinical finish and then brilliantly firing the hosts into the last 16. 9

Roberto Soldado Another frustrating and ineffectual night for the Spaniard, who saw his strike partner take the game by the scruff of the neck and fire Spurs into the next round. 5

Substitutes

Nabil Bentaleb Sured things up after his second-half introduction. 6

Aaron Lennon N/A

Harry Kane N/A

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Denys Boyko His despairing dive wasn’t enough to stop Eriksen’s free-kick but could have got a stronger hand. Helpless in the other goals as he watched his side crumble. 6

Ondřej Mazuch Marshalled Adebayor to great effect as the Togo striker was kept quiet until his goal. Won his fair share of aerial duels and some decisive tackles but wilted under the pressure. 6

Yevhen Cheberyachko At fault for the third goal, standing off Adebayor and giving him the opportunity to fire Spurs into the next round. 5

Ivan Strinić Shackled Townsend and did his job well. 6

Artem Fedetskiy Had a hard time dealing with Eriksen, allowing the Dane and Fryers to get in behind. 5

Jaba Kankava Conceded the needless free kick that led to Eriksen’s equaliser but was the only blot on his copybook. Sat on front of the back four, often cutting off the supply line to Adebayor and Soldado. Sacrificed as the visitors searched for a goal. 6

Giuliano The Brazilian saw little of the ball in north London. 5

Yevhen Konoplyanka Oozed class every time he was on the ball and was the standout player on the pitch. Looked dangerous in possession and his presence was enough to occupy Naughton and Sandro for the majority. 8

Ruslan Rotan The industrious midfielder stamped his authority on proceedings early on and that set the tone for the evening. Gave the Spurs attack little time to think and provided a sufficient threat in the opposite end, providing the perfect delivery for his side’s goal. 7

Matheus Plenty of endeavour and energy from the 31-year-old but had little joy. Struggled to come out of his shell once the onus was on his side. 6

Roman Zozulya Mixed evening for the striker, who headed his side into what seemed a telling lead, but then turned the tie with a moment of indiscipline. 4

Substitutes

Yevhen Seleznyov Introduced in an attempt to find a goal in the final quarter but hardly touched the ball. 5

Denys Kulakov N/A

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