American Exports: Brad Friedel, Tottenham escape Inter Milan rally, into Europa League quarters

AMSTERDAM – Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur reached the Europa League quarterfinals despite a 4-1 loss at Inter Milan on Thursday, squeaking through on an extra-time away goal by Emmanuel Adebayor.

The former US star notched 12 saves, including a dazzler on Fredy Guarín near the break and another on Antonio Cassano during the second overtime session. Compatriot Clint Dempsey, however, did not dress for the visitors.

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Friedel could not be faulted much on the three Inter goals that sent the tie to extras, including an unfortunate William Gallas own-goal that leveled matters 15 minutes from regulation time.

Five minutes into extra time, Adebayor poked home a Moussa Dembélé rebound, rendering a late Ricky Alvarez reply as mere consolation. Spurs, who have made the last eight of a European tourney for the third time in seven years, will learn their quarterfinal assignment in Friday's draw.