American Exports: Europa success for Friedel, Dempsey

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AMSTERDAM – Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey helped Tottenham Hotspur get a leg up on Europa League round-of-32 visitors Lyon on Thursday, with Gareth Bale's goal on the last kick of the game providing the 2-1 winner.

The veteran netminder made three saves in posting his 12th career victory in the tournament, formerly known as the UEFA Cup. Friedel's best work of the night came just past the hour, when he tipped over an Alexandre Lacazette rocket to keep the score tied.

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