Adebayor brace powers Tottenham

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Adebayor brace powers Tottenham

North Londoners storm into last-16; Italians Juventus and Napoli cruise through.

Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice in four minutes as Tottenham Hotspur overturned a two-goal aggregate deficit to beat 10-man Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-2 over two legs on Thursday to reach the last-16 of the Europa League.

It was a painful return to London for Tottenham’s former coach Juande Ramos whose side took the lead on the night through Roman Zozulya.

Forward Zozulya was then sent off in the 62nd minute, six minutes after Christian Eriksen had levelled, and Adebayor grabbed his quickfire double to give twice UEFA Cup winners Spurs a 3-1 second-leg victory.

Nabil Ghilas, of twice former champions Porto, netted in the 86th minute to secure a 3-3 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Portuguese side going through on away goals after the tie ended 5-5 on aggregate.

Napoli, with coach Rafa Benitez attempting to win back-to-back Europa Leagues after picking up the trophy with Chelsea last season, and Ludogorets also came out on top in thrilling second-leg matches.

The Serie A team scored two late goals to beat Swansea City 3-1 on the night and on aggregate while Bulgarians Ludogorets ousted Lazio after an 88th-minute goal from Juninho Quixada gave them a 3-3 home draw and a 4-3 win overall.

Serie A champions Juventus comfortably beat Trabzonspor 2-0 in Turkey to progress after winning by the same scoreline in Italy last week while Benfica scored three goals in nine second-half minutes to beat PAOK Salonika 3-0 on the night, 4-0 overall.

Salzburg, who won all six group matches earlier in the competition, thrashed Ajax
Amsterdam 6-1 on aggregate after winning 3-1 in Austria in the second leg.
Spanish club Real Betis secured a 3-1 aggregate victory over Russians Rubin Kazan, winning 2-0 away with Nono and Ruben Castro on target.

Sevilla beat Slovenians Maribor 2-1 with goals from Jose Antonio Reyes and Kevin Gameiro to go through 4-3 on aggregate while Viktoria Plzen defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 to advance 3-2 overall.

Alexandre Lacazette scored in the 80th minute for Olympique Lyon against Chernomorets Odessa to progress 1-0 on aggregate and Fiorentina drew 1-1 at home to Esbjerg but went through 4-2 overall.



Last-32 results (second leg only): AZ Alkmaar: 1 drew with Slovan Liberec: 1; AZ Alkmaar win 2-1 on aggregate.
Benfica: 3 bt PAOK Salonika: 0; Benfica win 4-0.
Fiorentina: 1 drew with Esbjerg: 1; Fiorentina win 4-2.
Olympique Lyon: 1 bt Chernomorets Odessa: 0; Olympique Lyon win 1-0.
Racing Genk: 0 lt to Anzhi Makhachkala: 2; Anzhi Makhachkala win 2-0.
Tottenham Hotspur: 3 bt Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk: 1; Tottenham Hotspur win 3-2.
Trabzonspor: 0 lt to Juventus: 2; Juventus win 4-0.
Valencia: 0 drew with Dynamo Kiev: 0; Valencia win 2-0.
Eintracht Frankfurt: 3 drew with Porto: 3; Porto win on away goals after 5-5 on aggregate.
Basel: 3 bt Maccabi Tel Aviv: 0; Basel win 3-0.
Ludogorets: 3 drew with Lazio: 3; Ludogorets win 4-3.
Napoli: 3 bt Swansea City: 1; Napoli win 3-1.
Salzburg: 3 bt Ajax Amsterdam: 1; Salzburg win 6-1.
Sevilla: 2 bt Maribor: 1; Sevilla win 4-3.
Shakhtar Donetsk: 1 lt to Viktoria Plzen: 2; Viktoria Plzen win 3-2.
Rubin Kazan: 0 lt to Real Betis: 2; Real Betis win 3-1.

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