Europe — 12 April 2013

Chelsea's Victor Moses celebrates scoring in his clubs 3-2 defeat at Russian club Rubin KazanLast night was a bad one for English sides in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Chelsea went through to the semi-finals, but both Newcastle and Tottenham went out of the competition.

Chelsea lost their second leg tie 3-2 at Russian side Rubin Kazan, but progressed 5-4 on aggregate over the two legs.

Chelsea took an early lead through striker Fernando Torres, but were pegged back on 51 minutes through a goal from Rubin defender Ivan Marcano.

Parity did not last long though, as Victor Moses scored a second just four minutes later. A goal from midfielder Gokdeniz Karadeniz on 62 minutes gave the home hope. A penalty from Bibras Natkho 15 minutes from time clinched victory on the night, but Rubin exited the competition.  

Tottenham exited the competition after drawing 2-2 with Basel in their second leg at St Jakob Park, but lost on penalties after extra time. Clint Dempsey opened the scoring for the visitors on 23 minutes, before livewire winger Mohamed Salah equalised just four minutes later.

Basel took the lead on 49 minutes through Aleksandar Dragovic. Dempsey took the tie into extra time in the 82th minute with his second goal of the game. Extra-time could not separate the sides, but Swiss side eventually claimed a 4-1 victory on penalties.

Newcastle drew 1-1 with Benfica at St James Park, but exited the competition 4-2 on aggregate. The home side took the lead on 71 minutes through Papiss Cisse. With the Magpies pushing for the goal they needed to win the tie Benfica hit the Magpies on the break and Eduardo Salvio clinched Benfica’s passage into the semi-finals.

Fenerbahce made it through to the semi-finals 3-1 on aggregate after drawing 1-1 with Lazio in Rome. Senad Lulic had given the home side hope with a goal on 61 minutes, but that hope was extinguished by a Caner Erkin goal in the 71st minute.

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