Jan Vertonghen was the man who made the headlines in Spurs 3-1 victory over Dnipro, despite Emmanuel Adebayor being the two-goal hero that sent Spurs through.
Spurs overturned a two-goal deficit to progress through to the last 16 of the Europa League, but it was not a game without controversy.
Dnipro were reduced to ten men with the scores at 1-1 on the night after Jan Vertonghen went down after a collision with Roman Zozulya, with the Dnipro goalscorer being sent off for a headbutt.
Replays suggested that the referee called it correctly, but Twitter was not overly enamoured with Vertonghen’s reaction to the contact made. Here are some of the top reactions from the social networking site:
Is Vertonghen still in his coma? Or did he survive walking into someone?
— JamesGooner88 (@JamesGooner88) February 27, 2014
Looking forward to seeing the outrage over Vertonghen’s behaviour in the press tomorrow. That’s not what English football is about etc — Kyle Percy (@KylePercy) February 27, 2014
Shocked by Vertonghen dive. So far it looks like everything that’s wrong about football these days. — Belfegore (@Belfegore) February 27, 2014
Spurs were going out, but now they’re going through cos Vertonghen is a massive cheat. And that’s exactly why footballers are massive cheats — Scott (@R_o_M) February 27, 2014
Vertonghen is the biggest cheat. Did the same thing to Torres — Jack Gradwell (@JcGradwell) February 27, 2014
Jan Vertonghen is 6’2, and he just went down like he took a .50 calibre bullet to the chest. — Si (@PhantomGoal) February 27, 2014
Egregious dive from Vertonghen. This ruins soccer for me every time. As a Spurs fan and as a fan of the game in general. — Jake Dee-McKoy (@HabInHogTown) February 27, 2014
Jan Vertonghen has won all eight of his headed duels in the Europa League this season and has recorded a 94% passing accuracy in his six European appearances.