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UEFA Europa League 2013: Chelsea through, Spurs out on penalties

Chelsea had no problem going through, while Fenerbahce and Benfica did enough to join them in the semifinals. In Switzerland, Basel sunk Tottenham on penalties.

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Basel eventually defeat Tottenham on penalties

Basel defeated Tottenham on penalties as their Europa League clash went right to the wire in a game of many twists and turns.


Tottenham and Basel head to penalties

It's time for a penalty shootout in Switzerland as the ten men of Tottenham Hotspur held on in extra time against Basel.

A Clint Dempsey brace bookended goals from Mohamed Salah and Aleksandar Dragovic in normal time, before Jan Vertonghen was sent off for a challenge on Marco Streller late on. Yet despite the numerical advantage, Tottenham have held on.

Basel went close a few times, with Mohamed Elneny hitting the post with a 30-yard screamer before in the second half, a phenomenal sliding block from Michael Dawson denied Alexander Frei, whose goalbound shot appeared to have beaten Brad Friedel. Frei had another chance soon afterwards, but could only muster an awkward shot at Friedel with the goal gaping.

The two teams will now have to decide this one on penalties. It's been a very long road for Spurs, much to their consternation given the tight situation in the Premier League, but a European Semi-Final awaits either side who can prevail from the spot. Let's see how they do...

Fabian Schar... SCORES. Past Friedel, into bottom corner.
Tom Huddlestone... SAVED. Sommer flies to his right to beat out the effort. Great save.
Marco Streller... SCORES. Basel 2-0 up after Friedel sent the wrong way.
Gylfi Sigurdsson... SCORES. Right down the middle.
Fabien Frei... SCORES. Blasted into the top corner. You don't save those.
Emmanuel Adebayor... MISSES. I mean, of course he does.
Marcelo Diaz... SCORES! Basel are through to the Europa League semifinal!


1-1 draw sees Benfica advance over Newcastle

Although Papiss Cisse gave Newcastle a glimmer of hope, Benfica were ultimately too good to let the Magpies make it to the Europa League semifinals.


Fener frustrate Lazio, seal aggregate win

A disciplined performance in Rome from Fenerbahçe has earned the Turkish side a place in the next round, as they progress 3-1 on aggregate.


Tottenham heading for extra time with ten men

Basel hae managed to gift Tottenham two goals via Clint Dempsey which has resulted in a 2-2 draw and extra time in Switzerland, but Spurs are also down to ten men after Jan Vertonghen's red card.

Dempsey put Tottenham ahead after a horrific error from Aleksandar Dragovic put the American clean through with Yann Sommer in no-mans land, and the former Fulham man easily rounded the keeper to slide home into an empty net.

The hosts soon came back though, with Moheme Salah toe-poking past Brad Friedel before Dragovic redeemed himself by scoring from a corner to leave Spurs in trouble. Dempsey stood up again though, getting on the end of a long-ball to prod past Sommer after the keeper made a terrible error as he somehow contrived to miss an easy save.

With time running out, though, Jan Vertonghen was given an early bath after he brought down Marco Streller when the forward was through on goal. Extra-time looms, but Tottenham will have to do it with a numerical disadvantage.


Basel vs. Tottenham: Lineups

Clint Dempsey and Lewis Holtby are named in Tottenham's starting eleven as they look to progress past FC Basel and claim a semi-final spot in the Europa League.

Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale are all absent for Spurs, and with the visitors needing goals, Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey will all line up behind Emmanuel Adebayor in an attempt to get the required result.

Basel, meanwhile, opt for Valentin Stocker, Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller to lead a dangerous-looking team. The Swiss outfit have two away goals from the first leg, so Spurs may well need to win the game in order to progress.

Basel starting line-up: Yann Sommer, Philipp Degen, Fabian Schar, Aleksandar Dragovic, Park Joo-Ho, Mohamed El-Nenny, Fabian Frei, Serey Die, Mohamed Salah, Valentin Stocker, Marco Streller.

Tottenham starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Brad Friedel; Kyle Walker, Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Naughton; Scott Parker, Moussa Dembele; Lewis Holtby, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey; Emmanuel Adebayor.


In which five goals are scored but nothing happens

Have you ever seen a match where five goals are scored, but nothing happened? I have.


Rubin Kazan vs. Chelsea: Lineups

Chelsea have named a heavily-rotated side to face Rubin Kazan as they look to hold onto their 3-1 advantage from the first leg.

Paulo Ferreira comes in at left-back for the visitors, while youngster Nathan Ake also gets a start alongside Frank Lampard and Ramires in midfield. Yossi Benayoun and Victor Moses are on the flanks, with Fernando Torres starting up front. David Luiz and John Terry are the starting centre-back pairing providing some consistency to the side.

The home side, meanwhile, go with Gokdeniz Karadeniz and Bibras Natkho on the flanks, with Salomon Rondon ahead of Roman Eremenko up front.

Rubin Kazan starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Sergei Ryzhikov; Oleg Kuzmin, Cristian Ansaldi, Cesar Navas, Ivan Marcano; Pablo Orbaiz, Alan Kasaev; Roman Eremenko, Gokdeniz Karadeniz, Bibras Natkho; Salomon Rondón.

Chelsea starting line-up (4-3-3): Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, John Terry, Paulo Ferreira; Nathan Ake, Frank Lampard, Ramires; Yossi Benayoun, Victor Moses, Fernando Torres.


Ben Arfa return boosts Newcastle

The Magpies are up against a tough task, but the return of Hatem Ben Arfa could be the boost they need to defeat Benfica by multiple goals on Thursday.


Spurs face uphill task against Basel

Tottenham need to go to Switzerland without most of their best players and score at least once to advance to the Europa League semifinals. Have fun!


Comeback looks unlikely for Rubin

Don't expect a Rubin Kazan comeback on Thursday. They're not really adept at chasing games.

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