FT: Basel 2 Tottenham 2 (Agg: 4-4)

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MISSED!!! EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR fires over the crossbar




SAVED!!! TOM HUDDLESTONE's spot-kick is well saved to Yann Sommer's right.


It's Yann Sommer against Brad Friedel. Her we go Spurs fans!

Ten-man Spurs have held Basle to a 2-2 draw at St. Jakob Park and we're heading for a penalty shoot-out.

Emmanuel Adebayor tries to take on the whole Basel team on his own. We're into ONE added minute of stoppage time.

Spurs have lost their last SIX penalty shoot-outs in all-competitions. They did win the UEFA Cup in 1984 on penalties though! Basel win a corner, but the visitors head clear.

A flare goes up in the home end as the supporters start bouncing up and down. Great atmosphere here in the ground.

Andre Villas-Boas is urging his side to stay focused and stay compact in these closing stages.

Spurs are hanging on as Basel look for the winner as we approach the final five minutes of this tie.

Alexander Frei very nearly squeezes the ball home but for some last-ditch play by Tom Carroll this time. All hands to the pump now!

WHAT A CHALLENGE! Michael Dawson makes a brilliant last-ditch challenge to deny Alexander Frei a certain winner.

The experienced Alexander Frei replaces Mohamed Salah, who has impressed in both legs.

Carroll gets a foot in on Mohamed Salah on the edge of the box. Good tackle that from the youngster!

Emmanuel Adebayor works the right-hand side but fails to win his side a corner.

Basel still have one more substitution they can make and Alexander Frei is warming up on the touchline.

Despite only having lost one game in the Europa League this season, Andre Villas-Boas's men are without a win away from home in the competition as the second period of extra-time gets underway.

Nothing to add in the first period of extra-time. Mohamed Elneny struck the post with a stinging drive, but Spurs have held firm.

JUST WIDE! Marcelo Diaz curls his left-footer wide of the far post. That was a close call!

The free-kick is launched into the box for Michael Dawson whose header is on target, but Yann Sommer makes a comfortable save.

Mohamed Elneny clips Gylfi Sigurdsson and referee Olegario Benquerenca books him.

Andrew Garrett emailed this in a while ago: "Raz, Around the 88 minute mark if you could say something like the Spurs don't look threatening right now or I just don't see them having enough to get through, I would appreciate it. We would be assured a goal." I think I said something similar for the first Spurs goal too Andrew.

Basel are getting the ball out wide and trying to stretch Spurs, but the visitors are looking compact.

Carroll pinches the ball off Mohamed Salah, but his forward ball is too long for Adebayor.

Emmanuel Adebayor earns his side a corner after a good challenge by Elneny.

OFF THE POST!! Mohamed Elneny thumps his right-foot piledriver off the far post and Spurs have been let off the hook.

Fabian Schar runs into Michael Dawson and the visitors are awarded the free-kick.

Joo-Ho Park's cross-cum-shot is easily held by Brad Friedel at the near post.

Penalties could be their only hope Aman. I don't quite know how they scored two goals here in Switzerland.

Aman Chima is back in touch and says: "Spurs are absolutely awful at penalty shootouts. Its gotta be do or die in the next 30 mins."

Tom Huddlestone is playing as makeshift central defender.

Extra-time is underway at St. Jakob Park. Can Spurs hold on for penalties? Will they go for a third?

Dean Wilson says: "Being a Spurs fan is so stressful! Just need one goal and the game should be ours. Bring on extra time!"

It has finished 2-2 at St. Jakob Park and 4-4 on aggregate between Basel and 10-man Spurs. We're heading into extra-time! Clint Dempsey's opener was cancelled out by Mohamed Salah before Aleksandar Dragovic gave the Swiss the lead, but the American Dempsey restored partity with seven minutes remaining. However, Jan Vertonghen was shown a straight red card in the final minute for bringing down Marco Streller.

Marco Streller and Kyle Walker have bothe been booked. The resulting free-kick is well over the crossbar.

Fabian Schar is brought down on the edge of the box and it's kicked off between both sets of players.

We're into THREE added minutes of stoppage time and the hosts will be firm favourites now.

JAN VERTONGHEN is sent-off for bringing down Marco Streller, who was clean through had he not been brought down. Oh dear!

The hosts keep possession of the ball at the back now before launching it aimlessly downfield.

Gylfi Sigurdsson sends Emmanuel Adebayor through, but he's just offside as Basle step up.

Joo-Ho Park very nearly directs the cross into his own net as Spurs come on strong. They clearly don't want to play the extra half an hour.

Suddenly Spurs look the stronger team. Can they finish things off with time running out.

Alex Kyrios says: "Proud to be an American Spurs fan right now. Finish off the hat trick, Clint, and the Spurs go marching on."

Andre Villas-Boas is dancing on the touchline because the away goals issue has been cancelled out. Spurs put us through the ringer yet again! Dempsey pokes his effort towards goal from a tight angle and Yann Sommer makes a mess of it as the ball somehow off his arms and in at the near post.


Tottenham are the only club left in the competition who have won it before, last lifting the UEFA Cup in 1984. Sadly, they on the verge of heading out of it.

Gylfi Sigurdsson turns and snatches at his 25-yard strike which flies high and wide of the goal.

Spurs have made all their changes now. It's up to the XI men on the field to produce a goal in the last ten minutes.

Moments later, Benoit Assou-Ekotto comes on for Kyle Naughton.

Andre Villas-Boas sends Tom Huddlestone on for Scott Parker.

Marcelo Diaz then tests Brad Friedel from distance.

Mohamed Salah and Kyle Walker go at it hammer and tongs on the far side.

The game is stretched now as Spurs go for the second goal, which would send this tie into extra-time.

GOOD SAVE! Michael Dawson climbs high from the corner, but his header is straight at Yann Sommer, who parries the ball into the air before his side eventually clear their lines.

Alex in Portugal sends in this 'cracker': "Spurs defense is so porous, it has got more holes than swiss cheese it seems"

Marcelo Diaz's through ball is cut out by Michael Dawson who then looks for Clint Dempsey, but he is caught offside.

Defender Markus Steinhofer comes on for attacker Valentin Stocker as head coach Murat Yakin makes a tactical change.

Kyle Naughton looks to combine with Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the ball drifts out for a throw.

Aman Chima emails in to say: "Can't see spurs getting a result now. Needed to hold on to the lead when we had it. Without Bale and Lennon down the wings, things don't look good."

GOOD SAVE! Kyle Walker holds off Valentin Stocker and then Mohamed Elneny's testing long-ranger is parried out by Brad Friedel.

Mohamed Salah fails to find substitute Marcelo Diaz in the middle after a mistake by Jan Vertonghen.

Clint Dempsey miskicks his attempted curler from the edge of the area and Gylfi Sigurdsson fails to keep the ball in play on the far side.

@RobertTankJones Tweets: "Come on Spurs fans lets all sing for home OH WHEN THE SPURS GO MARCHING IN OH WHEN THE SPURS GO MARCHING IN we can do this spurs!"

Tottenham need to get back on the ball and get some possession football going.

A couple of changes with Geoffroy Serey Die immediately replaced by Marcelo Diaz for Basel and Tom Carroll coming on for Moussa Dembele in the Spurs midfield.

Geoffroy Serey Die is booked for a late challenge.

LUCKY! Aleksandar Dragovic sends his flick header inches wide of Brad Friedel's far post from a dangerous free-kick.

Basel beat Manchester United at St. Jakob Park to deny them a place in last year's Champions League knockout stages. They love playing the big boys. They have also beaten Bayern Munich here.

CLOSE! Lewis Holtby sends Emmanuel Adebayor on his way down the middle, but he can only send his effort intot he side netting. He's a man in form with three in his last five games, although he doesn't look like a player full of confidence tonight.

Spurs are not out of this game fans. One more goal in the next 35 or so minutes will sent this tie into extra-time.

@RobertTankJones Tweets: "Ade needs to come off he isn't doing his best and we need big tommy on NOW its about time he scores."

Goalscorer Clint Dempsey is booked for dissent by referee Olegario Benquerenca.

Oh dear! Basel lead on the night as the left-footed corner is flicked on by Fabian Schar and parried out by Brad Friedel, but only to the waiting Austrian defender, who couldn't miss.


Emmanuel Adebayor does get a touch and does well to win his side a corner. And the striker gets on the end of the right-wing corner, but Yann Sommer holds on.

รพ@RobertTankJones Tweets: "I think we should bring Dembele of at half time he isn't having a good game and big tommy to come on i say 3-1 to us spurs."

Lewis Holtby has pulled-up after taking a knock, but he seems to be ok.

Tottenham get the second half underway at the atmopheric St. Jakob Park.

Meanwhile, Mark Smith says: "I'm not near a telly so relying on your superb coverage. I've seen Ade's name mentioned once. Is he playing the usual ghost? COYS!" He's a confidence player Mark. What else can I say!

Jason Kane emails in to say: "Spurs playin ok,if we had a decent striker on the field we would be at least 2 goals up!Might still sneak through. Coys!!"

If you'd like to air your views during the second half, email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

Basel are 7/4 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Tottenham 9/4 and the draw 11/8. Emmanuel Adebayor to score next and Spurs to win 2-1 is a 20/1 shot. I'm went for an away win tonight - 1-2 and Spurs to progress, which was priced at a healthy 10/1 and is now 4/1. Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new tab to place your bets and keep up at date with the live action with me.

Basel have the extra away goal and are heading through as things stand. Clint Dempsey gave Tottenham the lead after 23 minutes when he took advantage of Aleksandar Dragovic's poor clearance. However, the lead lasted just four minutes as Mohamed Salah toe-poked his right-foot drive past Brad Friedel. The game is on a knife-edge!

Fabian Frei's low drive deflects off the wall and out for a corner which is headed away.

Moussa Dembele hacks down Valentin Stocker in a good position on the stoke of half-time.

Former Liverpool player Philipp Degen is up after taking a slight knock. Meanwhile, Marco Streller turns and whips in a dangerous ball from the right. Luckily for Spurs. there is nobody attacking it in the middle.

Tottenham have now scored in ten of their last 11 Europa League games, but have also conceded in nine of these.

Marco Streller, Valentin Stocker and Mohamed Salah all look to combine. These front three have been a thorn in Tottenham's game plan.

Kyle Naughton is cautioned after obstructing the dangerous Mohamed Salah down the right.

Kyle Walker catches Joo-Ho Park on the back with his studs and that angers the home fans. Referee Olegario Benquerenca allows play to continue.

SPURS CHANCES! Moussa Dembele's left-foot curler is palmed away by Yann Sommer with Yann Sommer close to reaching the rebound. Then Emmanuel Adebayor's low drive is well held by the Basle shot-stopper.

The hosts are pressing the ball well in the middle of the park and Scott Parker is having to turn backwards everytime he picks up the ball.

Basel have not lost a competitive home match since August 23rd 2012, winning 12 of their 15 matches at St. Jakob Park (D3).

Basel look dangerous on the counter-attack, while Spurs have looked comfortable in possession. I predict a few more goals in this tie Spurs fans!

@willen_Jr Tweets: "I hope the Paul Marx guy who said Dempsey is lazy will take his words against Dempsey back..still fancy sigurdson for the winner."

Spurs win a corner, but Clint Dempsey's downward header is easily held by goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Flares have been set off inside St. Jakob Park as the home fans celebrate that fine goal from the 20-year-old Egyptian frontman.

Moussa Dembele gives the ball away to Marco Streller who plays the ball inside for Salah, who toe-pokes his right-foot drive past Brad Friedel in an instant. Superb equaliser!


Spurs need to try and keep their heads for the next few minutes now.

I am now eating my words Spurs fans! Brilliant. It was a gift of a goal too as Aleksandar Dragovic makes a hash of his clearance and that allows the American to steal in and round Yann Sommer before slotting the ball into the empty net.


Tottenham have not won a game without Gareth Bale in the side since January 1 and on this display you can see why. On the positive side, a 1-0 win will do, but at the moment, they don't look very threatening.

In reply to Kaveh's email, you're right, this game needs a goal and preferably a Spurs one to bring Basle out of their shell.

Kyle Naughton pulls the shirt of the pacey Mohamed Salah. Referee Olegario Benquerenca from Portugal decides to let the young full-back off this time. It could so easily have been an early booking.

Kaveh Arshi says: "Looking from a neutral point of view I think Basel are a absolutely fantastic team there's no doubt about that, but oh no obviously Bale is a huge miss, a huge huge miss! But oh no obviously I think this particular game will be decided JUST by who scores more goals. Draws are nothing for these teams!! Spurs 2-1."

Mohamed Salah keeps the ball in play, but only for Gylfi Sigurdsson to collect and try his luck from distance, but it was always rising above the crossbar.

At the other end Michael Dawson brings down Fabian Schar. Basle play is short and try and keep possession on what is a zippy surface.

Lewis Holtby dinks a beautiful pass for Emmanuel Adebayor, but the Togolese striker is offside.

CHANCE! Marco Streller links up the play well finding Philipp Degen on the right and his deep cross is volleyed over the crossbar by Mohamed Salah.

Andre Villas-Boas, weaing his trenchcoat tonight, seems reasonably happy with his side's start. They are the dominant side in possession so far.

Clint Dempsey scuffs his right-foot shot well wide of the far post.

Basel look cautious as Kyle Walker is brought crashing down about 35 yards from goal. Jan Vertonghen fails to catch the free-kick right and the hosts clear their lines.

Jason kane emails in to say: "Really tough game for the spurs,but we might sneak through,coys!!"

The whistles are ringing around St. Jakob Park as the visitors from north London keep possession.

The game has quickly settled after that frantic opening. Joo-Ho Park slides in to concede a throw.

@lewishughes09 Tweets: "I think Spurs gonna just about have it 2-1 with adebayor and holtby scoring and for FC basel Frei 2 score BUT COYS!!! We need this."

Valentin Stocker lays the ball off for defender Fabian Schar, whose strike fizzes wide of Brad Friedel's near post.

Spurs are already on the attack with Moussa Dembele trying to rampage his way through. At the other end, Michael Dawson brings down Valentin Stocker.

The Spurs fans are making themselves heard in a 36,000 sell-out. Both sides have set up in a 4-2-3-1 system, but Basel are stronger than they were at White Hart Lane last week, while Spurs have been significantly weakened.

The atmosphere in a rain-soaked St. Jakob Park is pretty special. No doubt that the weather could play a role in how this game pans out. Hopefully plenty of goals! The hosts get us underway wearing their blue and red kit while Spurs are in their all-white strip for this one. No need for change.

Aman Chima emails in to say: "Think the lilly whites certainly have a better chance of going through based on the fact that Gallas isn't in defence."

Great comments folks. Keep them coming in during the match, email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

@willen_Jr Tweets: "Tottenham going through tonight. Sigurdisson for the winner."

Meanwhile, Haroon Khalid says: "Why does AVB always play Adeybayor for. Arghh. I always wish for his name not to be on the starting line up. He is rubbish, 6 goals all season, what is he playing at?" Maybe, he's the only other fit striker you have Haroon. Maybe you should ask why he didn't strengthen in the Janaury window?

Michael Worley says: "I think Spurs squeek through after a tough game. Friedel - ABV is fixated on this guy a good keeper. But he slows down play way too much."

Paul Marx from midtown Manhattan says: "I see tonight's result going down to two basics. Spurs do not have a true left back and will therefore have difficulty with Basle's speed from their right wing. Secondly, Basle do not have a player as lazy as Dempsey thus giving them a one man advantage right from the start. I hope we see Coulthirst introduced at some point with Huddelstone and Carrol." The academy star Coulthirst is otherwise known as 'sensational Shaq' Paul. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him in the future.

Craig King emails in to say: "Hi Raz, I can see this being a tough game tonight, however I am growing more confident by the minute that we can nick it, 2-1. I can feel another Siggy strike tonight as well!" COYS! You're not the only nervous Spurs fan Craig. St. Jakob Park is not the easiest place to go and get a result.

@adam_lockey Tweets: "I'd be happy with a 91st minute winner off the back of the Ref's head, as long as Spurs scrape through!" COYS That has got me thinking Adam...it really has!

Let's face it, Spurs' chances of advancing to the semi-finals of this competition are certainly hanging in the balance after last week's 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane. Valentin Stocker and Fabian Frei handed the Swiss side a two-goal head start before Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled, but the two away goals could prove crucial. Can the Lononders do it? Send in your views to me Spurs fans as we approach kick-off. Email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish the best.

Basel are 6/5 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Tottenham 2/1 and the draw 13/5. Swiss Super League leading scorer Marco Streller is considered the hosts' danger man at 13/2 to net first, while Emmanuel Adebayor is 2/1 to net in a third successive game for the north London outfit, who drifted out from 5/2 to 5/1 to lift the trophy following the first leg. Meanwhile, Gylfi Sigurdsson to score first and either Tottenham to win 3-0 or 3-1 is 75/1. I'm going for an away win tonight - 1-2 and Spurs to progress, which is priced at a healthy 10/1. Well worth a flutter in my book! Right-click here SKYBET and open in a new tab to place your bets and keep up at date with the live action with me.

Sammy Parker is a bit more optimistic, saying: "I think spurs will win 2-1. Adebayor getting both."

There is one Spurs fan I know quite well and his name is Adam Pickering. He says: "Glad no Gallas tonight, always worrying to see naughton at left-back, bring back Disco Benny!" That'll be Benoit Assou Ekotto for us neutrals! Enjoy the game Adam.

Daniel Dunham writes in to say: "Think Spurs will lose 3-1 tonight Emmanual Adebayor the scorer for Tottenham and Marco Strellar with a hatrick for FC Basel , Will definetly be a great and entertaining game."

Meanwhile, regular Tottenham contributor Chris Green from Huddersfield says: "Good evening Raz.. This match will be incredibly difficult for Tottenham as Basel always perform when they are at home, but I can't see Spurs having any difficulties if they try their best... If Spurs are to have a chance of going through, they must perform better defensively than they did at White Hart Lane.. My prediction: FC Basel 1-2 Spurs."

It's all doom and gloom for Patrick O'Neill who says: "I can see heartbreak for Spurs (and me) 1-1, lose on away goals, Spurs score first through Vertonghen."

Patterson McKinlay is first to mail in tonight from a snowy Denver, Colorado and says: "The sleeping giant will rise tonight as I predict Ade picks up a brace and the boys win 2-1. C'mon Tottenham."

BASEL TEAM NEWS: The Swiss side bring in former Liverpool man Philipp Degen and Park Joo-ho, who both missed last week's 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS: Brad Friedel returns in goal as Tottenham look to overcome the odds and beat Basle to move in to the semi-finals of the Europa League. The American, a regular fixture in Spurs' European campaign, replaces Hugo Lloris in goal while Kyle Naughton comes in for Steven Caulker at the back. Emmanuel Adebayor leads the line in the absence of Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale.

BASEL: Sommer, Philipp Degen, Schar, Dragovic, Park, El-Nenny, Fabian Frei, Die, Salah, Stocker, Streller.

SUBSTITUTES: Vailati, David Degen, Alexander Frei, Diaz, Cabral, Sauro, Steinhofer.

TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton, Dembele, Parker, Holtby, Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Adebayor.

SUBSTITUTES: Lloris, Huddlestone, Livermore, Assou-Ekotto, Caulker, Coulthirst, Carroll.

REFEREE: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal).

Here come the teams...

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas will be without talisman Gareth Bale, who picked up an ankle injury in the first leg. Aaron Lennon (knee) and William Gallas (calf) also sustained knocks in the match at White Hart Lane and miss the trip to Portugal. Striker Jermain Defoe is out with a hip problem. However, the Spurs boss is confident his side can still progress to the last four of the competition. He said: "We will have to play with ambition and motivation, and we'll need to be as focused as Basel were last week. We need great organisation; we have to give them a lot of credit for their organisation. The players and coach, everyone did what he was supposed to. Basel are an attacking team and so are we, so we can expect some goals."

Basel may revert to two strikers for the home leg, with Alexander Frei joining Marco Streller up top. South Korea left-back Park Joo-Ho and Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz are back from suspension while former Liverpool right-back Philipp Degen is fit again. Midfielder Cabral may start after impressing as a sub at White Hart Lane. Head coach Murat Yakin insists his Basel side will go for victory in front of a full-house at St. Jakob Park this evening. He said: "I don't think the players will start the match thinking a draw will be enough; we will put pressure on the opposition in order to create chances, as we have done all season."

If you'd like to air your views before or during the match, email Raz...that's me! at razwan.mirza@bskyb.com or Tweet me: @RazMirza and I'll publish as many as I can.

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