Tottenham produced a stunning comeback to beat Ukrainian visitors FC Dnipro and reach the Europa League last 16 on a dramatic night at White Hart Lane.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Spurs' task became tougher when Dnipro's Roman Zozulya headed in an away goal.

Spurs, needing at least three goals to progress, were handed a lifeline by Christian Eriksen's precise free-kick.

Adebayor's back

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor, frozen out by previous boss Andre Villas-Boas, has netted 11 goals in 15 matches since he was recalled by Tim Sherwood.

But, after Zozulya was sent off for a headbutt, Emmanuel Adebayor's two close-range finishes saw Spurs advance.

Tottenham will face Portuguese leaders Benfica, beaten Europa League finalists against Chelsea last season, in the next stage.

However, with almost an hour gone of the second leg at White Hart Lane, Tim Sherwood's side looked set to become the latest Premier League team to suffer in European competition.

None of their English top-flight rivals won their Champions League last 16 first legs, while Swansea were eliminated from the Europa League earlier on Thursday.

Spurs appeared on course to continue the negative trend - until their fortunes dramatically changed in a manic second-half spell. Tottenham scored all three goals inside 13 minutes, with Zozulya's moment of madness sandwiched between.

Tottenham v Dnipro

Dnipro's Roman Zozulya was incredulous at the red card shown by referee Antony Gautier

Inexplicably, the Ukraine forward headbutted Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen, after a number of previous confrontations between the pair, as Dnipro defended a home free-kick while leading 2-1 in the tie.

Zozulya was instantly dismissed by referee Antony Gautier in the middle of a furious exchange between both sets of players in the Dnipro penalty area.

Departing Defoe

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe missed the opportunity to make a farewell appearance for Tottenham against Dnipro because of a hamstring injury.

But the England striker, who joins Canadian MLS side Toronto on Friday, waved a fond farewell to Spurs fans during an emotional half-time appearance at White Hart Lane.

Defoe, 31, is Spurs' fifth all-time leading goalscorer with 143 goals in 363 appearances in two spells.

More importantly, it stoked up the Spurs crowd and swung the momentum in their team's favour.

They instantly took advantage of the numerical advantage as Eriksen whipped in a dangerous cross from the left which allowed Adebayor to poke in.

Four minutes later, the Togo striker put Spurs ahead in the tie for the first time by controlling Zeki Fryers' long ball on his chest and calmly stroking past Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko.

The manner in which Spurs celebrated, with a jubilant Sherwood fist-pumping the air as he raced down the touchline, showed the relief that had been lifted inside White Hart Lane.

All the drama came after a frustrating first half, when Tottenham dominated possession without testing the Dnipro keeper.

Sherwood's side went into the match on the back of two successive defeats following their loss in Ukraine and a disappointing reverse at Premier League strugglers Norwich on Sunday.

Ahead of kick-off, Sherwood insisted his team were not going to "crawl into a corner and hide" and backed them to start positively.

True to their manager's word, Spurs made a high-tempo start as they attempted to make an early breakthrough, pinning back the visitors in their own half.

But their failure to score early, against a Dnipro side content to play with 10 men behind the ball before breaking at pace on the counter attack, created a tense atmosphere.

Tottenham v Dnipro

Tempers flared between the players after Roman Zozulya clashed with Spurs' Jan Vertonghen

Even after the home team's comeback, the Ukrainians knew that a second away goal would see them progress.

They almost stunned Spurs when Yevhen Konoplyanka, who was a January transfer target for Liverpool, forced alert Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris into a crucial injury-time save.

But the hosts held on to deny Dnipro's ex-Spurs boss Juande Ramos on his return to his former club.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 35 Fryers
  • 30 Sandro Booked (Bentaleb - 76' )
  • 20 Dawson Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen Booked
  • 17 Townsend (Lennon - 85' )
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 09 Soldado (Kane - 88' )
  • 10 Adebayor
  • 23 Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 07 Lennon
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 21 Chadli
  • 24 Friedel
  • 37 Kane
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 51 Veljkovic

FC Dnipro

  • 71 Boyko
  • 44 Fedetskiy (Kulakov - 84' Booked )
  • 17 Strinic
  • 29 Rotan Booked
  • 03 Mazuch
  • 14 Cheberyachko
  • 99 Nascimento
  • 06 Kankava (Seleznyov - 70' )
  • 18 Zozulya Dismissed
  • 08 de Paula
  • 10 Konoplyanka

Substitutes

  • 07 Kulakov
  • 09 Kalinic
  • 11 Seleznyov
  • 16 Lastuvka
  • 20 Vilela Gama
  • 23 Silva Bacelar
  • 89 Polytilo
Ref: Antony Gautier

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

4 4

Corners

3 2

Fouls

18 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, FC Dnipro 1.

90:00 +5:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, FC Dnipro 1.

90:00 +4:18

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +4:18

Foul by Denys Kulakov (FC Dnipro).

90:00 +3:12

Attempt saved. Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +2:24 Booking

Booking Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:19

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

90:00 +2:19

Giuliano (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:20

Offside, FC Dnipro. Denys Kulakov tries a through ball, but Matheus is caught offside.

88:55 Booking

Booking Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:43

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:43

Foul by Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro).

87:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane replaces Roberto Soldado.

86:35

Offside, FC Dnipro. Yevhen Konoplyanka tries a through ball, but Evgen Seleznyov is caught offside.

86:34

Attempt saved. Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Strinic.

85:38

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

85:38

Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Aaron Lennon replaces Andros Townsend.

84:06

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

84:06

Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Dnipro. Denys Kulakov replaces Artem Fedetskiy.

82:59

Attempt saved. Evgen Seleznyov (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Strinic.

81:10

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a cross.

78:11

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

78:11

Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:27

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

77:27

Ondrej Mazuch (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Sandro.

75:05

Hand ball by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

75:03

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

74:51

Attempt blocked. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

71:18

Offside, FC Dnipro. Giuliano tries a through ball, but Evgen Seleznyov is caught offside.

69:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Dnipro. Evgen Seleznyov replaces Jaba Kankava.

68:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, FC Dnipro 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ezekiel Fryers.

67:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:23

Delay in match Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) because of an injury.

65:56

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

65:56

Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, FC Dnipro 1. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.

63:01

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a set piece situation.

61:40 Dismissal

Dismissal Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) is shown the red card for fighting.

60:46

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:46

Foul by Jaba Kankava (FC Dnipro).

58:43

Attempt missed. Artem Fedetskiy (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

58:42

Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan following a set piece situation.

58:06 Booking

Booking Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:33

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

57:33

Matheus (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:08

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

56:08

Artem Fedetskiy (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:53

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:53

Foul by Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro).

55:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, FC Dnipro 1. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

54:11

Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:11

Foul by Jaba Kankava (FC Dnipro).

53:43

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:43

Foul by Jaba Kankava (FC Dnipro).

52:41

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Roberto Soldado is caught offside.

51:44

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor following a corner.

51:19

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ivan Strinic.

49:20

Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:20

Foul by Giuliano (FC Dnipro).

46:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, FC Dnipro 1. Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan with a cross following a set piece situation.

46:19

Hand ball by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 0, FC Dnipro 0.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, FC Dnipro 0.

45:00 +0:02

Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00 +0:02

Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:15 Booking

Booking Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:56

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

43:56

Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:11

Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:40

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Artem Fedetskiy.

39:35

Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:35

Foul by Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro).

37:18

Attempt missed. Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen following a set piece situation.

37:03

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:03

Foul by Jaba Kankava (FC Dnipro).

36:29

Attempt missed. Matheus (FC Dnipro) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan following a set piece situation.

35:25

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

35:25

Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:03

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

31:03

Giuliano (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:39

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

25:57

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:06

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:06

Foul by Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro).

23:53

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

21:00

Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:00

Foul by Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro).

17:43

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Christian Eriksen.

17:09

Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).

17:09

Giuliano (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:27

Attempt missed. Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matheus with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

10:49

Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

10:49

Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:43

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Dawson.

9:43

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

9:43

Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:01

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Michael Dawson tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

7:15

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ondrej Mazuch.

7:13

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor with a headed pass.

0:08

Ivan Strinic (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:08

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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