Chelsea, Tottenham Advance in Europa League; Liverpool Is Out
Chelsea and Tottenham both scored late to earn 1-1 draws and advance in soccer’s Europa League, while Liverpool was eliminated on the away-goals tiebreaker.
Eden Hazard scored with the last kick of the match in stoppage time as Chelsea beat Sparta Prague 2-1 over two games. Mousa Dembele’s 90th-minute goal gave Tottenham a 3-2 series win against Lyon.
Liverpool beat visiting Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 to leave the teams tied 3-3, with the Russian club advancing because of the away goal it scored. Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 win at Rubin Kazan wasn’t enough to prevent a 2-1 series loss.
Hazard’s goal saved Chelsea from being knocked out of its second European competition of the season. The Blues are in the Europa League after being eliminated from the elite Champions League, which they won last season.
Trailing 1-0 from last week’s opening loss, Sparta Prague tied the series when David Lafata scored in the 17th minute. The game appeared headed for extra time when Hazard, who came on in the 67th minute, fired a shot past Tomas Vaclik in the closing seconds of stoppage time.
Chelsea next plays Steaua Bucharest, which beat Ajax 4-2 in a penalty shootout after each team won 2-0 at home.
Trailing 2-1 from the opening match, Lyon pulled even with Tottenham on Maxime Gonalons’s 17th-minute goal last night in France. Lyon was moments away from advancing on away goals when Dembele fired a shot from 25 yards out into the far corner to push Spurs through to a meeting with Inter Milan, which beat Cluj 3-0 to complete a 5-0 aggregate win.
Shola Ameobi scored with a penalty kick in the 64th minute to give Newcastle a 1-0 series win against Metalist Kharkiv. The Magpies will play Anzhi Makhackhala, which advanced 4-2 against Hannover following a 1-1 draw.
In Liverpool, Hulk scored in the 19th minute to give Zenit a 3-0 aggregate lead before two goals from Luis Suarez and one from Joe Allen gave the Reds hope. Zenit was able to hang on and will next face Basel, which progressed 3-1 against Dnipro following a 1-1 draw in which each team had a player red carded.
Radamel Falcao’s goal was not enough for Atletico Madrid to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Rubin Kazan, which next meets Levante after the Spanish club beat Olympiacos 1-0 for a 4-0 series victory.
Lazio defeated Monchengladbach 2-0 to complete a 5-3 series win and will now face Stuttgart, which advanced 3-1 on aggregate following a 2-0 win at Genk.
Viktoria Plzen’s 2-0 win against Napoli gave it a 5-0 series victory and set up a matchup with Fenerbahce, which won its game and series with BATE Borisov 1-0.
EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 GAMES PLAYED MARCH 7 AND 14 ---------------------------- Anzhi Makhachkala vs Newcastle Basel vs Zenit St. Petersburg Benfica vs Bordeaux Levante vs Rubin Kazan Steaua Bucharest vs Chelsea Stuttgart vs Lazio Tottenham vs Inter Milan Viktoria Plzen vs Fenerbahce
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