Spurs' Europa League run continues with win

Last updated 09:47 22/02/2013
Tottenham Hotspur
Getty Images
WINNING TIE: Tottenham players celebrate their draw with Lyon that sees them through to the Europa League last-16.

Relevant offers

Football

Battle to get out of basement as Wanderers SC host Southern United Glory thrash Central Coast Mariners 4-1 in Perth Darren Sammy blasts Hurricanes to big BBL win City score late Victory in Melbourne A-League derby Hawke's Bay United too good for hosts WaiBop in ASB Premiership Top four spot reward for Canterbury United win in ASB Premiership Fifa set to publish redacted Michael Garcia investigation Still wanting perfection at in-form Manchester United King looks to mop up after Morocco pitch mess Fighting Blatter says he will not abandon FIFA

Tottenham got a superb 90th-minute goal from Mousa Dembele to salvage a 1-1 draw in Lyon and advance to the Europa League last 16.

Trailing to Maxime Gonalons' header in the 17th, Tottenham was heading out on the away-goals rule until the Belgian midfielder's 25-meter (yard) shot sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Tottenham next plays Inter Milan in a rematch of their thrilling Champions League group-stage clashes two seasons ago. Inter eased past Cluj 3-0 in Romania to complete a 5-0 aggregate score.

Defending champion Atletico Madrid was eliminated by Rubin Kazan despite winning 1-0 in freezing temperatures in Moscow.

Radamel Falcao's 84th-minute goal failed to overcome a 2-0 first-leg deficit against the Russian side, who saw captain Cesar Navas sent off in the 89th for fouling the Colombian forward.

Also, Lazio beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 in Rome, sealing a 5-3 aggregate win. Its last-16 opponent is Stuttgart, which won 2-0 at Genk to advance 3-1 on aggregate.

Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi's 64th-minute penalty was the only goal over two legs against Metalist Kharkiv, and Basel's 1-1 draw at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk meant the Swiss champion advanced 3-1 on aggregate.

The main drama unfolded in France as national greats Michel Platini, the UEFA president, and Zinedine Zidane watched the English visitors survive a tough test.

Lyon led when Gonalons exploited poor marking to connect at the near post from a left-flank cross delivered by Clement Grenier.

Grenier was denied in the 55th by a reaction save from Brad Friedel. The American goalkeeper might have been sent off minutes later but German referee Wolfgang Starek spotted that Alexandre Lacazette flung himself to the ground in the penalty area without contact.

After his two stunning free kick goals last week, Gareth Bale forced Lyon 'keeper Remy Vercoutre to make two unsteady saves with powerful efforts midway through the second half.

Lyon was content protecting its lead when Dembele powered through a challenge and set himself for a low, left-foot shot which zipped past Vercoutre diving to his left.

Nine other last-32 matches were being played later Thursday.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content