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Spurs staring at exit, City held

UKRAINE'S Shakhtar Donetsk left twice UEFA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur staring at an exit from the competition after netting late goals for a 2-0 victory in their first knockout round first leg tie on Thursday.

Shakhtar, playing its first competitive match since early December, ended stubborn resistance from a makeshift Spurs side in the final 12 minutes at a freezing Olympiyskiy Stadium.

A gaffe from Tottenham's goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes handed Shakhtar the lead after 78 minutes with substitute Yevgen Seleznov scoring just seconds after coming on. Jadson swung a free-kick into the box and fellow Brazilian Gomes was beaten to the ball by Seleznov who headed in.

Gomes, who appeared not to be touched by any player, fell to the ground clutching his head and was given treatment while a chorus of boos rang out from the home fans.

Shakhtar left Spurs with an uphill battle for next week's return at White Hart Lane by adding a second goal two minutes from time. Jadson cut in from the right and played a one-two before creating space for a shot that comfortably beat Gomes.

Tottenham faces a Premier League clash at Hull City on Monday in a battle to avoid relegation and a League Cup final against Manchester United at Wembley three days after the return leg but defender Michael Dawson said they were still in the tie.

"The last 15 minutes have cost us... we had coped well until then and we are disappointed to go home with a two-goal deficit," Dawson said. "It's going to be an uphill task but we still think we can do it. We know how good we are at home and we will have to take the game to them."

Substitute Martin Vingaard headed an injury-time equalizer to earn FC Copenhagen a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at a snowy Parken stadium in the Danish capital.

City had twice led with its first goal on the half-hour coming after Copenhagen keeper Jesper Christiansen allowed a tame shot from Nedum Onuoha to squirm under his hands.

Brazilian Ailton Almeida equalized with a powerful header from a corner but the Danes were level for just five minutes before Stephen Ireland met a Shaun Wright Phillips cross with a crisp volley at the near post.

Swedish midfielder Kennedy Bakircioglu's goal on the hour secured Ajax Amsterdama 1-0 win over Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence.


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