Europa League: Torres stars in Chelsea win, Tottenham held in quarterfinals

Fernando Torres scored twice as Chelsea beat Rubin Kazan 3-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie, while Tottenham were held to a 2-2 draw with Basel at home.

updated: April 05, 2013 09:55 IST
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Paris: It was a mixed night for England's trio of contenders in the Europa League on Thursday, with Chelsea winning their quarter-final first leg while Tottenham Hotspur were held to a draw and Newcastle United lost in Portugal.

Chelsea are in a strong position at the halfway stage in their tie against Russian side Rubin Kazan after winning the first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, but Tottenham have work to do following a 2-2 draw with Basel at White Hart Lane.

Newcastle are very much up against it following a 3-1 defeat to Benfica in Lisbon, while Fenerbahce beat Lazio 2-0 in Istanbul in the night's other game.

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