Tottenham Hotspur's final of silverware was dashed in the rain on Thursday night as Basel deservedly progressed to the Europa League semi-finals on penalties.

The last eight tie went to spotkicks after Clint Dempsey cancelled out Aleksandar Dragović's early second-half goal. Dempsey had given Spurs the lead on 23 minutes only for Mohamed Salah to equalise for the Swiss four minutes later.

Jan Vertonghen's red card in stoppage-time of the 90 meant Tottenham played the entire 30 minutes of extra-time a man light and it showed when the shootout began.

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Goalkeeper Brad Friedel, 41, was beaten with unnerving ease on four occasions by the faultless Basel penalty takers, whereas Tom Huddlestone was thwarted by Yann Sommer and Emmanuel Adebayor ballooned the ball over after a risible run-up. Gylfi Sigurdsson managed to beat Sommer in between his teammates, but Spurs were vanquished 4-1.

It had always felt like a stay of execution for the Lilywhites since Mousa Dembélé's last-gasp equaliser against Lyons in the last 32. Internazionale humiliated Spurs 4-1 in the San Siro only to be outdone by the away goals rule in the last 16 and Basel, the superior side at White Hart Lane last week, should have won the quarter-final tie more comfortably.

The fear now is Tottenham - whose form over the last month has steadfastly regressed - will now slip out of the Premier League's top four and be consigned to the Europa League for a third consecutive campaign.


Gareth Parker
I leave you with this. We signed Emmanuel Adebayor for £3M. We sold Emmanuel Adebayor for £25M. Them's some attractive numbers.


Jack Howes
Good luck to Daniel Levy trying to shift Adebayor when he's on 100k a week. Getting the Pope to condone abortion might be easier.


Scott Thompson
Could be the final nail in Adebayor's coffin

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  • Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker, second from left, argues with Basel's Fabian Schaer, right, during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Switzerland's FC Basel and Britain's Tottenham Hotspur FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 (AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas)

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    Tottenham Hotspurs' Tom Huddlestone misses from the penalty spot during the shoot out

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    Tottenham Hotspurs' Emmanuel Adebayor misses from the penalty spot during the shoot out

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    Tottenham Hotspurs' Emmanuel Adebayor misses from the penalty spot during the shoot out

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    Tottenham Hotspurs' Andre Villas Boas is dejected at the final whistle

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    Tottenham Hotspur players are dejected at the final whistle

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    FC Basel players celebrates victory

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    Tottenham Hotspurs' Gylfi Sigurdsson is dejected at the final whistle

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    Tottenham Hotspur players are dejected at the final whistle

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    Tottenham Hotspurs' Emmanuel Adebayor is dejected at the final whistle

  • Basel players celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Walter Bieri )

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey and FC Basel's Joo-Ho Park

  • Basel players celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Walter Bieri )

  • Basel players celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Walter Bieri )

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring his sides second goal

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring his sides second goal

  • Basel's Marcelo Diaz, rear, scores with the decisive penalty shot for Basel during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 (AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas)

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring his sides second goal

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring his sides second goal

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring his sides second goal

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey scores his sides second goal

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring his sides second goal

  • Basel teammates celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 (AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas)

  • Basel teammates celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 (AP Photo/Keystone/Georgios Kefalas)

  • Tottenhams Clint Dempsey, right, scores against Basel`s goalkeeper Yaann Sommer, left, during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Walter Bieri )

  • Tottenhams Clint Dempsey celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between FC Basel and Tottenham Hotspur at the St. Jakob Stadium in Basel, Switzerland, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone/Walter Bieri )