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Chelsea, Benfica progress to semi-finals

NEW NAMES:Basel and Fenerbahce are to feature in the semi-finals for the first time, with Basel winning their berth after beating Tottenham Hotspur on penalties


The Swiss could not capitalize and penalties followed, with Basel eventually going through after Spurs substitute Tom Huddlestone was denied by an excellent save from Sommer and striker Emmanuel Adebayor sent his spot-kick high over the bar.

“We made the country feel different towards the competition,” Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas told ITV. “Although we are disappointed, we have set this standard for the future.”

It was a much quieter affair at Lazio, mainly because they were playing behind closed doors at the Stadio Olimpico as punishment for the poor behavior of their fans.

The Italian side gave themselves hope of a comeback from their 2-0 first-leg deficit when Senad Lulic headed in on the hour, but the Turkish side replied through Caner Erkin in the 73rd minute to settle their nerves and the tie.

In yesterday’s draw, Chelsea were drawn to face Basel, while Benfica take on Fenerbahce. In the Champions League, Bayern Munch will face Barcelona, while fellow German side Borussia Dortmund take on Real Madrid.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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