Tottenham scored three goals in a remarkable 13-minute spell to beat 10-man Dnipro 3-1 and progress to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor, twice, scored the goals that gave Spurs victory on the night, and a 3-2 success on aggregate, after Dnipro's Roman Zozulya was sent off for a clash with Jan Vertonghen.
The first half was characterised by several poor set-piece deliveries and Dnipro attempting to stifle Spurs as much as possible, playing almost exclusively on the break, while relying on the pace of Yevhen Konoplyanka and Matheus.
Indeed, Tottenham's only shot on target in the first half came when Eriksen hit a free-kick from way out that keeper Denys Boyko did well to firstly get down to and save, and then gather at the second attempt.
However, Dnipro took the lead just two minutes into the second half, when Zozulya glanced in a Konoplyanka free-kick, evading the despairing dive of Hugo Lloris.
Roberto Soldado then had a goal disallowed for offside, before Eriksen pulled one back with an excellent free-kick, whipped in from the left corner of the box, and into the bottom corner.
Zozulya was then sent off after clashing with Vertonghen, but the Belgian defender seemed to make the most of minimal contact. The Dnipro forward was furious, and had to be restrained before he left the pitch.
Then, Adebayor scored two goals in four minutes to seal the tie, the first prodded home from an Eriksen cross, the second after superbly taking down a long pass from Zeki Fryers and poking into the corner of the net.
Spurs held on despite some late pressure from the visitors, and they will play Benfica in the last 16 of the competition.
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- Emmanuel Adebayor
- Christian Eriksen
- Jan Vertonghen
- Roman Zozulya