EUROPA LEAGUE Ro16 2nd LEG: Tottenham given a massive scare but see off Inter Milan

Tottenham have limped into the quarter-finals of the Europa League despite losing 4-1 to Inter Milan in the Round of 16 second leg tonight.

Spurs took a three-goal advantage into the San Siro leg courtesy of their brilliant performance at home last week but they only managed to progress to the next phase on away goals after the two-legged tie ended 4-4 after extra-time.

Antonio Cassano gave Inter the lead on the night in the 20th minute when he headed home Rodrigo Palacio’s cross from six yards before the provider turned scorer seven minutes into the second half by producing a curling shit past Brad Friedel.

The Nerazzurri fans erupted when they hit level terms in the 75th minute thanks to William Gallas’ own-goal which came after Cassano’s free-kick had made its way through the wall.

Extra-time was required with the scoreline at 3-3 but just six minutes in, Emmanuel Adebayor edged Spurs ahead by slotting home from close range after Inter keeper Samir Handanovic spilled Mousa Dembele’s initial effort.

There was one more twist to the epic contest, however, with substitute Ricardo Alvarez giving Inter further hope by nodding home Cassano’s cross but in the end time ran out as Tottenham gained a final eight berth without star winger Gareth Bale.

2012/13 Europa League – Round of 16 second leg

Inter Milan (ITA): 4 (Antonio Cassano 20’, Rodrigo Palacio 52’, William Gallas (og) 75’, Ricardo Alvarez 110’)
Tottenham (ENG): 1 (Emmanuel Adebayor 96’) *Spurs win on away goals after 4-4 aggregate

San Siro, Milan – 18,241

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