Tottenham Hotspur F.C. restore English pride after stunning fightback against Ukraines' Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk

Feb 28 2014, 17:37 IST
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They are the Premier League's last surviving representative in the competition after Swansea City were eliminated following a 3-1 defeat to Napoli. Reuters They are the Premier League's last surviving representative in the competition after Swansea City were eliminated following a 3-1 defeat to Napoli. Reuters
SummaryTottenham Hotspur F.C., to lose a European game this month following the 2-0 defeats...

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. restored some pride to English soccer by succeeding where Arsenal F.C., Chelsea F.C., Manchester United F.C. and Manchester City all failed over the last two weeks by winning a match in Europe.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. came from behind at White Hart Lane on Thursday to score a sensational 3-1 win for a 3-2 aggregate success over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.

They are the Premier League's last surviving representative in the competition after Swansea City were eliminated following a 3-1 defeat to Napoli.

Swansea became the fifth Premier League team, including Tottenham Hotspur F.C., to lose a European game this month following the 2-0 defeats suffered by Arsenal F.C., Manchester United F.C. and Manchester City to Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Barcelona F.C. respectively in the first legs of their Champions League Round of 16 ties.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. were beaten 1-0 by Dnipro, managed by their former manager Juande Ramos, in the first leg of their Round of 32 matchup last week but bounced back to clinch the tie on Thursday.

So far Chelsea F.C., who drew 1-1 with Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League tie in Turkey are the only Premier League team to have avoided defeat.

EPIC SEMI-FINAL

Tottenham Hotspur F.C.'s victory now means they face Benfica in the Round of 16 for a first continental clash since their epic 1962 European Cup semi-final which the Portuguese side won 4-3 on aggregate before retaining the trophy with a 5-3 win over Real Madrid F.C.

Benfica won the first leg 3-1 in front of 70,000 fans in Lisbon while Tottenham Hotspur F.C. won the second leg 2-1 in front of a 64,448 crowd at White Hart Lane, the biggest crowd ever to watch a European match there.

On Thursday, a crowd of 34,815 saw two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor - who has now scored 11 goals in 15 matches this season - and a freekick from Christian Eriksen give Tottenham Hotspur F.C. what seemed an unlikely win after Dnipro extended their aggregate lead when Roman Zozulya headed them in front early in the second half.

But the game turned when Zozulya was dismissed after 63 minutes for head-butting Tottenham Hotspur F.C. defender Jan Vertonghen.

Losing his self-control completely, he had to be restrained by Adebayor bouncer-style before storming off the field like an incensed child.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. had equalised shortly before the sending off through Eriksen

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