Mousa Dembele strikes late as Tottenham send Lyon packing

The North London side probably did deserve to progress, but they were also fortunate when German referee Wolfgang Stark waved away strong Lyon claims for a penalty in the second half after Brad Friedel appeared to bring down Alexandre Lacazette inside the area.

updated: February 22, 2013 09:46 IST
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Lyon: A 90th-minute strike by Mousa Dembele took Tottenham Hotspur through to the last 16 of the Europa League at Lyon's expense on Thursday as the second leg of their tie ended in a 1-1 draw at the Stade de Gerland.

Just like in last week's first leg, the English club netted at the death to douse the hopes of their French opponents, as Spurs followed up their 2-1 win a week ago to advance 3-2 on aggregate.

Gareth Bale's brilliant stoppage-time free-kick had earned Tottenham victory in the first leg, and here Dembele delivered a decisive blow in the final minute, stepping away from Clement Grenier and firing across Remy Vercoutre and into the far corner with a vicious left-footed strike.

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