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Last-gasp effort sends Dempsey, Friedel, Tottenham through to Europa round of 16

Feb 21, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

Hotspur waited until the death, but they got what they came for in France.

Mousa Dembélé’s 90th-minute goal put the North London club through to the Europa Cup round of 16. The description on UEFA.com is magical: “Dembélé (Tottenham) scores! With time running out, the cultured midfielder buries the ball in the far corner with a thunderous low shot from 25 metres out on the left.”

For nearly the entire game, it looked as though Lyon would advance. In the 17th minute, Maxime Gonalons put the French side up 1-0 and evened the home-and-home 2-2 on aggregate. Lyon, however, led, thanks to the away goal it scored in the previous match.

But Tottenham kept on fighting. Clint Dempsey came on in the 66th minute for Aaron Lennon and nearly equalized himself but blasted a header over the crossbar. Twenty-four minutes later, his teammate would make amends.

Tottenham will meet Inter Milan in the round of 16.

The trip to the Continent wasn’t all good, however, as a group of Tottenham fans were attacked in Lyon the night before the match. Roughly 50 assailants threw chairs and made Nazi salutes after breaking into a Spurs supporters party. Stay classy, Europe.

And here’s a link to a gif of Brad Friedel trolling the Lyon faithful because why not?

  1. mianfr - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Tottenham fans also got abused the night before their match in Lazio.

    People don’t talk about how deeply racist Europe is enough.

    • mdac1012 - Feb 21, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      The problem as it pertains to European football is that UEFA and FIFA don’t really seem to care all that much.

  2. jaffed - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Please refer to Tottenham Hotspur as any of the following: Tottenham Hotspur, Tottenham, Spurs.

    Please do not refer to Tottenham Hotspur as any of the following: Hotspur, The Spurs.

    #journalism

  3. korules - Feb 22, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    “Stay classy Europe”?
    ‘We’ will, if you stop generalizing ,’Murrica.

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