EUROPA LEAGUE Ro32: Late Dembele show puts Tottenham through in Lyon

Tottenham have edged past Lyon in the Europa League Round of 32 courtesy of a 1-1 draw in France tonight.

Mousa Dembele’s 90th minute goal sent Spurs through to the Round of 16 after last week’s 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane to enable a 3-2 aggregate win.

Maxime Gonalons had Lyon ahead in the 17th minute when he beat Brad Friedel from just outside the six-yard box from Clement Grenier’s free-kick.

Spurs had a number of chances to get back in the contest as they trailed on the away goal rule despite the aggregate being 2-2. After the break, Gareth Bale was inches wide with a side-footed effort when unmarked, and also tested Remy Vercoutre following his sublime double last week.

But in the end, Dembele conjured the goal required to send Andre Villas-Boas’ men through to set up a meeting with Inter Milan in the next phase.

The Belgian was able to beat Vercoutre after pushing clear of his marker before hitting a long-range effort to the advantage of the North Londoners.

2012/13 Europa League – Round of 32 second leg

Olympique Lyonnais (FRA): 1 (Maxime Gonalons 17’)
Tottenham (ENG): 1 (Mousa Dembele 90’) *Tottenham wins 3-2 on aggregate

Stade de Gerland, Lyon – 38,761

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