Gareth Bale goals secure Tottenham win
A GOAL in each half of stoppage time from Gareth Bale secured a 2-1 win for Tottenham at home to Lyon in the last-32 of the Europa League.
The Welshman’s goals came either side of a 55th-minute strike from Frenchman Samuel Umtiti, which will ensure an intriguing return leg.
At St James Park, Newcastle were left frustrated after being held to a 0-0 draw against Metalist Kharkov. Alan Pardew’s side created a host of chances but could not find a way through, and will now need to score at the Metalist Stadium in the return leg.
Viktoria Plzen confirmed themselves as one of the dark horses in this year’s competition by shocking Napoli 3-0 in the first leg of their tie at the San Paolo last night.
Plzen beat defending champions Atletico Madrid to top their group and are now heavy favourites to progress past the high-flying Italians after late goals from Stanislav Tecl and Frantisek Rajtoral built on Vladimar Darida’s first-half opener.
Anzhi Makhachkala recovered from a goal down to defeat Hannover 3-1, although the Russian side will hope they will not be made to rue Samuel Eto’o’s missed second-half penalty.
Levante put aside their poor domestic form to claim an impressive 3-0 victory over ten-man Olympiacos.
Oleg Gusev missed a second-half penalty as wasteful Dynamo Kiev played out a 1-1 draw with Bordeaux. The Ukrainian hosts dominated the contest and took a deserved lead through Lukman Haruna, but that was cancelled out within minutes by Ludovic Obraniak.
Goals by Toby Alderweireld and Ricardo Van Rhijn guided Ajax to a 2-0 victory over ten-man Steaua Bucharest.
Fenerbahce held BATE Borisov to a goalless draw in their first leg in Belarus despite playing all bar the first three minutes with ten men.
A thrilling 3-3 draw between Borussia Moenchengladbach and visitors Lazio saw half of the goals scored in the last six minutes of action.
Internazionale and Basel both enjoyed comfortable 2-0 wins at home against CFR Cluj and Dnipro respectively and Atletico Madrid were shocked 1-0 at home by ten-man Rubin Kazan.
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