UEFA Europa League quarterfinals: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 FC Basel
04 April 2013
White Hart Lane, London
Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
30' Stocker; 34' Frei; 40' Adebayor; 58' Sigurdsson
Spurs XI: Friedel; Naughton, Gallas, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Parker, Dembele; Lennon, Bale, Holtby; Adebayor
Basel XI: Sommer; Steinhofer, Schar, Dragovic, Voser; Enleny, Serey Die; Salah, F.Frei, Stocker; Streller
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal in the 58th minute proved the eventual equalizer as Tottenham Hotspur overturned a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with visiting Basel on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal.
The Swiss champions had taken the lead on the half-hour when Marco Streller’s effort on the turn came back off the post to Valentin Stocker, who smashed the ball past a helpless Brad Friedel in the Spurs goal.
The guests then doubled the advantage just four minutes later when their corner was only partially cleared by Jan Vertonghen—Fabian Frei lashing in the loose ball for a 2-0 lead.
But with five minutes remaining in the first half Tottenham pulled level.
Gareth Bale, who had a quiet evening, played a long cross from the right flank that ping-ponged around the goal-mouth until landing at the feet of Emmanuel Adebayor, who missed his first attempt before stabbing the ball past Yann Sommer with a high boot.
Bale was then taken off on a stretcher in second-half injury time after an apparent ankle injury. Spurs had already lost defender William Gallas to a knock and had to finish the match with nine men.