Richard Heathcote

UEFA Europa League 2013: Spurs hit Europa League snag

Chelsea, Benfica and Fenerbache recorded routine home wins in their Europa League games, but Tottenham Hotspur both failed to beat Basel and lost Gareth Bale to injury in the process. Ouch.

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Fernando Torres scores brace against Rubin

Really, Fernando Torres!

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Gareth Bale hurt

Spurs' brilliant winger was stretchered off of the pitch at White Hart Lane after suffering a terrible-looking injury and may be facing a significant time on the sidelines.

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Fenerbahçe deserve Lazio victory

Fenerbahçe left it late, but two goals in the final fifteen minutes gave them a deserved 2-0 victory over Lazio, putting them in a commanding position ahead of the second leg in Rome.

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Bale injury overshadows 2-2 draw

Spurs managed a two-goal comeback at home to Basel, but they managed to lose both Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale in the process, giving the Swiss a major advantage going into the second leg.

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Eagles come back to defeat pesky Magpies

Papiss Cisse gave Benfica plenty of trouble in Portugal, but the hosts absorbed his opener and came away with a 3-1 win in the opening match of their Europa League quarterfinal tie.

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Newcastle face tough trip to Benfica

Newcastle United face a daunting away trip to Portugal in what is probably the tie of the round in the Europa League quarter-finals.

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Spurs without Defoe for Basel clash

Tottenham will have to perform a balancing act with their squad as things get tighter in both the Europa League and the Premier League, but they should at least win the first leg against Basel.

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Fun with Chelsea and defensive teams

Over their last two Europa League ties, Chelsea have faced close calls against teams they were supposed to beat comfortably. Rubin Kazan is by far their biggest challenge yet.

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