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Spurs face fight to stay in Europe.

Summary: Tottenham face an uphill battle in the Uefa Cup after losing 2-0 to RSC Olympiyskiy.

Tottenham face an uphill battle in the Uefa Cup after losing 2-0 to RSC Olympiyskiy.

Spurs conceded two late goals in freezing conditions to give the Ukrainian champions a clear advantage going into the second leg.

A place in the last 16 of the cup is at stake, but boss Harry Redknapp has other priorities, including the Carling Cup final at Wembley next weekend.

The makeshift team he sent out held on until the 79th minute, when Yevgen Seleznov headed home. Jadson added a second goal just before the whistle.

Spurs will have to turn around the two-goal deficit in the return leg at White Hart Lane next Thursday to stay alive in Europe.

Honours were even in Manchester City's last-32 first-leg clash against Copenhagen.

Copenhagen's Ailton Almeida cancelled out the opener from Nedum Onuoha, but City seemed to be heading for victory thanks to Stephen Ireland's tenth goal of the season.

But substitute Martin Vingaard stunned the visitors by scoring on his debut in stoppage time.

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