London: Chelsea led a trio of English clubs into the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday after Tottenham Hotspur survived a thrilling Inter Milan fightback to advance on away goals and Newcastle United got a late winner.
Goals from Juan Mata, John Terry and Fernando Torres, put Chelsea through 3-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate after visiting Steaua Bucharest’s Vlad Chiriches equalised on the stroke of halftime.
Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor pounced in extra-time to score a vital away goal in their 4-1 second-leg defeat. Newcastle United is the third club to make it to the quarters.
The quarter-final draw
Chelsea vs Rubin Kazan Tottenham Hotspur vs Basel Fenerbahce vs Lazio Benfica vs Newcastle United.
u First legs to be played on April 4, second legs April 11