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Football: Ramos gets revenge on Spurs, Swans hold Napoli

Published on Feb 21, 2014 6:34 AM
FC Dnipro's Roman Zozulya (right) and Tottenham Hotspur FC's Ezekiel Fryers (left) during the UEFA Europe League round of 32 football match Dniepropetrovsk vs Tottenham in Dnipropetrovsk on Feb 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PARIS (AFP) - Juande Ramos earned a measure of revenge for his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur as Dnipro snatched a late 1-0 win over his former club in the Europa League last 32 first leg on Thursday.

Ramos was axed by Spurs in October 2008 after just 12 months in charge at White Hart Lane, but the 59-year-old is 90 minutes away from making his old employers pay after Yevhen Konoplyanka's penalty in the closing stages gave the Ukrainian club a slender advantage to defend in the second leg in north London on February 27.

The game was given the green light despite reports that at least 60 have died in three days of violent political protests in Kiev.

Dnipro are based 220 miles away from the Ukrainian capital, but the shocking scenes in Kiev still resonated in Dnipropetrovsk, where there was a minute's silence before kick-off and both teams wore black armbands in a show of respect for the dead.

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