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Clint Dempsey scores twice for Tottenham

April 12, 2013

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — American Clint Dempsey scored twice in regulation for Tottenham, only to see the English tumble out of the Europa League on Thursday night with a loss to Basel in a penalty shootout.

Basel won the shootout 4-1, after a 2-2 draw following 120 minutes took the aggregate score to 4-4 in the two-game semifinal series.

Chelsea stumbled into the final four after losing to Rubin Kazan, and Fenerbahce and Benfica also advanced in Europe’s second-tier competition.

Chelsea, the reigning European champion, lost 3-2 in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium — the scene of its defeat in the 2008 Champions League final — but progressed 5-4 on aggregate.

Fenerbahce tied Lazio 1-1, and Benfica drew 1-1 with Newcastle.

Basel and Fenerbahce qualified for their first European semifinals. The draw is Friday.

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