After 47 minutes, as Tottenham found themselves a goal behind on the night and two goals down on aggregate it looked as if Spurs interest in the Europa League was about to come to an end for another season.
Having scored at White Hart Lane, Dnipro had a vital away goal which meant that Spurs needed 3 goals to qualify for the next round against Benfica. The way they had performed through those first 47 minutes suggested that it was unlikely to happen.
Tottenham, however, responded quickly to the set-back with Christian Eriksen curling in a free-kick to equalise 8 minutes later. This gave the team belief as well as the crowd and aided by Dnipro being reduced to 10-men, Spurs went on to score two more goals through Emmanuel Adebayor in the next 13 minutes.
Adebayor for his two goals and his second half contribution when Spurs managed to get him more involved and Eriksen with his goal and an assist were the players who made a difference for Spurs. Hugo Lloris was again an important player with a number of saves and it was good to see Sandro back in the team after missing two months through tinjury. Zeke Fryers played a solid game in defence and it was from his cross that Adebayor scored the all-important third goal.
As Tim Sherwod said in his post-match press conference, the team grew in belief after they scored the first goal when, as he suggested, many had thought Spurs were dead and buried after going behind. He was pleased that the players had turned the game around and hopes that this success will be a platform for the coming weeks when Tottenham face a number of important games – Chelsea, Benfica (twice), Arsenal and Liverpool.
Who earned their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ against Dnipro?