Roberto Soldado was guilty of a dreadful miss as Tottenham suffered a narrow defeat by FC Dnipro in the Europa League round of 32 first leg.

The former Valencia striker fired over from four yards out from Paulinho's low cross when the game was goalless.

Yevhen Konoplyanka took advantage of Soldado's miss by scoring from the penalty spot after Jan Vertonghen had fouled Matheus.

It could have been worse for Spurs, Roman Zozulya heading against a post.

It means Spurs have it all to do in the return leg on 27 February after a highly satisfactory night for Dnipro's former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos.

The tie took place against the backdrop of violent unrest in Ukraine's capital Kiev, about 220 miles from the Dnipro Arena in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.

Europa League hot shot

Yevhen Konoplyanka has scored in each of his last four Europa League appearances for Dnipro

There was a minute's silence before kick-off as a mark of respect to those who have lost their lives, while there was a sparse crowd inside the 31,000-capacity ground as some home supporters opted to boycott the tie.

A much-changed Spurs side acquitted themselves well on a difficult surface before a combination of poor defending and woeful finishing brought about their first defeat in nine Europa League games this season.

Matheus was a handful throughout, the Brazil-born forward denied by an excellent save by Brad Friedel after the Spurs defence had been carved open in the 25th minute.

FC Dnipro v Tottenham

Players from Tottenham and FC Dnipro took part in a minute's silence before kick-off as a mark of respect for those who have lost their lives in the unrest in Kiev

Tottenham had scored 23 goals in their previous eight Europa League games, yet they were anything but clinical in Ukraine, Nacer Chadli screwing an easy chance horribly wide in the 28th minute.

Spurs had a penalty appeal turned down when Paulinho went sprawling under a 35th-minute challenge by Ivan Strinic, the referee awarding a free-kick on the edge of the area rather than pointing to the spot.

Then came Soldado's miss in the 56th minute, the ball hitting the Spaniard's shin with the goal at his mercy after Paulinho had got behind the home defence.

Friedel saved well from Giuliano before the late penalty drama.

Vertonghen could have few complaints after placing his arm on Matheus's shoulder before pulling him back.

Konoplyanka, a Liverpool target during the January transfer window, kept his composure to leave Tottenham with serious work to do in the return leg to stay in the competition.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

FC Dnipro

  • 71 Boyko
  • 44 Fedetskiy
  • 17 Strinic Booked
  • 29 Rotan
  • 03 Mazuch
  • 14 Cheberyachko
  • 18 Zozulya Booked
  • 06 Kankava
  • 99 Nascimento (Kulakov - 90' )
  • 08 de Paula (Polytilo - 77' )
  • 10 Konoplyanka

Substitutes

  • 04 Kravchenko
  • 07 Kulakov
  • 09 Kalinic
  • 16 Lastuvka
  • 20 Vilela Gama
  • 23 Silva Bacelar
  • 89 Polytilo

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 24 Friedel
  • 16 Naughton
  • 03 Rose
  • 15 Capoue
  • 20 Dawson
  • 05 Vertonghen Booked
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 09 Soldado (Kane - 85' )
  • 17 Townsend (Eriksen - 64' )
  • 21 Chadli

Substitutes

  • 23 Eriksen
  • 35 Fryers
  • 37 Kane
  • 47 McEvoy
  • 51 Veljkovic
  • 56 Archer
  • 60 Onomah
Ref: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Shots

19 15

On target

6 4

Corners

6 4

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, FC Dnipro 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, FC Dnipro 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +0:22

Attempt missed. Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) header from very close range misses to the right following a corner.

90:00 +0:20

Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Sergiy Polytilo with a cross following a corner.

89:55

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

89:44

Attempt missed. Artem Fedetskiy (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

89:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Dnipro. Denys Kulakov replaces Matheus.

88:17

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

88:17

Ivan Strinic (FC Dnipro) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:19

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Kane following a corner.

87:18

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

87:02

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Roman Zozulya.

86:22

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ondrej Mazuch.

84:33 Substitution

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

84:15

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

84:15

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

83:32

Attempt missed. Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ondrej Mazuch following a corner.

83:29

Attempt blocked. Ondrej Mazuch (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan with a cross.

82:55

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Danny Rose.

81:25

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

81:25

Foul by Ivan Strinic (FC Dnipro).

80:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Dnipro 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

79:05 Booking

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

78:57

Penalty conceded by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

78:57

Penalty FC Dnipro. Matheus draws a foul in the penalty area.

77:42

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

77:42

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

76:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Dnipro. Sergiy Polytilo replaces Giuliano.

73:03

Attempt missed. Ondrej Mazuch (FC Dnipro) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan with a cross following a corner.

72:28

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Danny Rose.

71:05

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Etienne Capoue.

70:29

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

70:29

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

69:06

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Brad Friedel.

69:03

Attempt saved. Giuliano (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roman Zozulya.

67:47

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Artem Fedetskiy.

67:46

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

66:09

Attempt saved. Matheus (FC Dnipro) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Giuliano.

65:55

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Rose.

65:01

Attempt blocked. Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Strinic.

63:44

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose tries a through ball, but Christian Eriksen is caught offside.

63:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Andros Townsend.

61:02

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

55:44

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Paulinho.

54:10 Booking

Booking Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) is shown the yellow card.

54:00

Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro) has gone down, but that's a dive.

53:55

Attempt blocked. Ondrej Mazuch (FC Dnipro) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan with a cross.

53:23

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

53:23

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

52:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:08

Delay in match Artem Fedetskiy (FC Dnipro) because of an injury.

49:46

Offside, FC Dnipro. Jaba Kankava tries a through ball, but Matheus is caught offside.

48:36

Attempt blocked. Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giuliano.

48:00

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roberto Soldado with a headed pass.

47:06

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Artem Fedetskiy.

46:04

Attempt missed. Yevhen Konoplyanka (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

45:44

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

45:23

Corner, FC Dnipro. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

45:00

Second Half begins FC Dnipro 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

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

44:33

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:33

Foul by Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro).

42:35

Attempt missed. Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Giuliano.

39:56

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:56

Foul by Ivan Strinic (FC Dnipro).

37:16

Attempt missed. Jaba Kankava (FC Dnipro) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

36:46

Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur).

36:46

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

35:52

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

34:25 Booking

Booking Ivan Strinic (FC Dnipro) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

34:20

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

34:20

Foul by Ivan Strinic (FC Dnipro).

31:01

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

29:31

Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

29:31

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

27:04

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Rose.

26:04

Attempt saved. Matheus (FC Dnipro) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan.

24:56

Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:56

Foul by Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro).

23:58

Attempt saved. Matheus (FC Dnipro) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ruslan Rotan with a through ball.

22:55

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

21:21

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

21:21

Foul by Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro).

18:42

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:42

Foul by Roman Zozulya (FC Dnipro).

17:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

16:46

Delay in match Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

15:09

Attempt saved. Ruslan Rotan (FC Dnipro) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

12:29

Attempt saved. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross.

10:36

Attempt missed. Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

8:06

Attempt missed. Matheus (FC Dnipro) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yevhen Konoplyanka with a cross.

5:49

Attempt missed. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

0:46

Offside, FC Dnipro. Artem Fedetskiy tries a through ball, but Roman Zozulya is caught offside.

0:19

Foul by Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur).

0:19

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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