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Tottenham survive rousing Inter comeback

Published: Thursday 14 March 2013, 21.36CET
Internazionale Milano 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur (aet, agg: 4-4, Spurs win on away goals)
Emmanuel Adebayor's 96th-minute effort took Spurs through after an almighty scare in Italy.
by Paolo Menicucci
from San Siro

Match statistics

InternazionaleTottenham

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target12
 
4
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners6
 
5
Offsides8
 
5
Fouls committed15
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 March 2013, 21.36CET

Tottenham survive rousing Inter comeback

Internazionale Milano 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur (aet, agg: 4-4, Spurs win on away goals)
Emmanuel Adebayor's 96th-minute effort took Spurs through after an almighty scare in Italy.

Emmanuel Adebayor's goal in the first period of extra time proved decisive as Tottenham Hotspur FC earned a quarter-final spot at the expense of an FC Internazionale Milano side who twice threatened to pull off the biggest comeback in UEFA Europa League history.

Trailing 3-0 from last week's round of 16 first leg, Inter's hopes were revived by Antonio Cassano's header after 20 minutes. Rodrigo Palacio added another early in the second half and by 75 minutes it was all-square courtesy of a William Gallas own goal. In extra time Tottenham scored through Adebayor, meaning Ricardo Álvarez's header was not enough for the Nerazzurri.

A nice team move led to Inter's opener. Esteban Cambiasso fed Jonathan on the right, the Brazilian passed to Palacio, and his perfect cross was nodded in by the unmarked Cassano at the far post. Tottenham tried to respond immediately but Samir Handanovič dived to his left to palm away a dangerous shot by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The game opened up. Cassano found Palacio behind the Spurs defensive line with a wonderful chip but the Argentinian forward's lob hit the top of the bar. Both sides had further opportunities before the break: Brad Friedel was forced into a good stop by Fredy Guarín's powerful effort; Adebayor missed the target with a lob.

Seven minutes after the interval Inter struck as Palacio again beat the offside trap, collecting Cambiasso's perfect pass and outwitting Friedel with a precise low shot. With time to spare the aggregate scores were levelled as a Cassano free-kick was deflected off the wall and into the net via Gallas. It was fast and furious and either team could have won inside 90 minutes. Kyle Naughton's powerful attempt elicited a flying save from Handanovič while Cambiasso's aim was all wrong with only Friedel to beat.

Into overtime, Tottenham twice went close with Jan Vertonghen and Gallas headers from consecutive corners, yet finally scored when Adebayor slid to put the ball in after Handanovič could only parry Mousa Dembélé's strike. Incredibly Álvarez kept Inter alive, heading in Cassano's centre, but Spurs held on.

Last updated: 25/09/14 3.59CET

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Lineups

internazionale

Internazionale

tottenham

Tottenham

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
24
FriedelBrad Friedel (GK)
Yellow Card44
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti (C)
5
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
8
PalacioRodrigo Palacio
Goal52
8
ParkerScott Parker
14
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution71
10
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Goal96 ET
Yellow Card115 ET
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
13
GallasWilliam Gallas (C)
Goal75
21
GarganoWalter Gargano
16
NaughtonKyle Naughton
Substitution104 ET
26
ChivuCristian Chivu
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
Substitution56
29
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Substitution79
19
DembéléMousa Dembélé
40
JuanJuan
Yellow Card114 ET
22
G. SigurdssonGylfi Sigurdsson
42
JonathanJonathan
Substitution107 ET
28
WalkerKyle Walker
Yellow Card78
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano
Goal20
29
LivermoreJake Livermore
Yellow Card14
Substitution70

Substitutes

27
BelecVid Belec (GK)
25
LlorisHugo Lloris (GK)
11
ÁlvarezRicardo Álvarez
Substitution71
Goal110 ET
6
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
23
RanocchiaAndrea Ranocchia
Substitution107 ET
7
LennonAaron Lennon
Substitution70
24
BenassiMarco Benassi
Substitution79
14
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution56
28
PasaSimone Pasa
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
47
ColombiMatteo Colombi
33
CaulkerSteven Caulker
Substitution104 ET
60
BelloniNiccolò Belloni
46
CarrollThomas Carroll

Coach

Andrea Stramaccioni (ITA) André Villas-Boas (POR)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Dalibor Conjar (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Domagoj Vučkov (CRO), Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

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