Europe — 15 March 2013

Fernando Torres scored the winner in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over SteauaIn last night’s Europa League all three English sides won their ties to move into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Tottenham lost 4-1 at Italian giants Inter in their second leg after extra-time, but progressed on the away goals rule courtesy of their 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane in the first game.

Inter did the unthinkable and clawed back the three goals they needed. Italian international Antonio Cassano gave the Nerazzurri the lead on 20 minutes, before a second half goal from Rodrigo Palacio and an own goal from William Gallas took the game into extra-time.

An Emmanuel Adebayor goal in extra-time sent Spurs through to the last eight and saved their blushes.

Elsewhere, Chelsea defeated Romanian side Steaua Bucurest 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, to win 3-2 on aggregate. The home side took the lead through Spanish international Juan Mata on 33 minutes.

On the stroke of half-time the away side scored an unlikely equaliser through Vlad Chiriches from close-range. Chelsea then needed two goals to progress and the Blues scored them in the second half.

Captain John Terry headed home Chelsea’s second of the night on 58 minutes and striker Fernando Torres fired home the third goal with twenty minutes left on the clock. Torres still had time to fire a penalty against the cross bar, after Eden Hazard was brought down in the penalty area by Alexandru Bourceanu.

Newcastle progressed into the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Russian side Anji, courtesy goal of a goal in injury-time from striker Papiss Cisse. The game was heading to extra-time after both games were 0-0, but the Senegal international popped up in added on time to head the Magpies into the next round.

Other Europa League results:   

Rubin Kazan 2-0 Levante

Zenit 1-0 Basel

Fenerbache 1-1 Plzen

Bordeaux 2-3 Benfica

Lazio 3-1 Stuttgart

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