Dempsey scores two goals, but Spurs are bounced from Europa League by Basel in PKs.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, April 11, 2013) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey scored two goals, including a late equalizer in the 82nd minute, allowing visitiong Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League to tie Basel of Switzerland, tying the two-match series at 4-4 in aggregate tonight, but Spurs were eliminated 4-1 in a penalty-kicks tiebreaker in the quarterfinals of Europe’s second-tier Europa League before 36,500 at St. Jakob Park.
After 30 minutes of scoreless overtime, Tottenham lost its seventh straight shootout and has not won one since beating Peterborough United in the 1994 FA Cup.
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel could not stop any of Basel’s penalty kicks, while Spurs succeeded of only one of three.
Attempting to intercept a pass by Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen from the defensive end of the center circle, Basel defender Aleksandar Dragovic slipped. By the time he had regained his footing, Dempsey had rounded goalkeeper Yann Sommer and given Spurs a 1-0 lead.
Mohamed Salah tied the game for Basel tied the game in the 27th minute and, four minutes after intermission, Dragovic redeemed himself for his earlier error by scoring for a 2-1 lead.
In the 82nd minute, Dempsey converted a pass from midfielder Tom Huddlestone, barely squeezing his shot under Sommer for a 2-2 tie.
Dempsey was in a meeting of teammates from the United States men Sunday when Spurs used a late goal for a 2-2 draw with visiting Everton in an important match for both teams in the English Premier League.
Tim Howard made five saves for Everton, while Dempsey had a rough night for Tottenham.
Spurs (17-8-7) lost their grip on third place in the Premier League, tied on points with Chelsea (17-7-7) at 58 points, but having played one more match and trailing Chelsea by 13 in goal differential. Spurs have six matches left, Chelsea seven. Everton is in sixth place at 13-5-13 with 52 points, four points behind fourth place Arsenal (16-7-8).
Third place in the EPL brings a berth in the main draw of the European Champions League; fourth place means entry into the qualifying round. Fifth place earns a spot in the second-tier Europa League, as does elimination from the Champions League qualifying round.
Spurs were without leading scorer Gareth Bale and wide midfielder Aaron Lennon for both matches, while Friedel backed up French national Hugo Lloris against Everton..
Spurs jumped on top with a goal by Emmanuel Adebayor after 54 seconds. Everton’s defense was dropping back, allowing Jan Vertonghen to float a ball into the box for Adebayor to stub past Howard.
Everton fought back with a pair of goals on which Lloris did not distinguish himself. When it looked like the Toffees would go home with three standings points, Adebayor’s shot off a post and caromed directly to Gylfi Sigurdsson for a shot into an open net for a 2-2 tie in the 87th minute.
Dempsey troubles cane from referee Andre Marriner. Dempsey’s first-half shot seemed to be blocked by an opposing arm in the penalty area, but Marriner waved play on. Late in the game, as he tried to carry between two defenders at the top of the box, he clearly lost his balance and went down with Marriner showing him yellow for diving even though he had done nothing to embellish the fall.
Lloris made a big save late, one of two for the match..
Elsewhere in the Premier League, U.S. keeper Brad Guzan made a pair of saves to help Aston Villa to a critical 3-1 victory over Stoke City.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron went the distance, while American midfielder Brek Shea did not dress for Stoke. U.S. defender Eric Lichaj dressed, but did not play for Villa.
With six matches remaining, Villa (8-15-9, 33 points) climb to 16th place, two points and two positions above the relegation zone. Stoke is in 15th place at 7-12-13 with 34 points.
American midfielder Sebastian Lletget did not dress for West Ham United in its 0-0 draw with Liverpool.
In the second-tier English League Championship, U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, on a 30-day loan to Sheffield Wednesday, played the first 59 minutes Saturday in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Blackburn Rovers.
It was his second start in three matches since he arrived from the EPL’s Bolton Wanderers as he rehabilitates from a serious knee injury.
Holden did not dress Tuesday for a 2-1 triumph over host Millwall.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played the first half, receiving a yellow card, for Birmingham City in a 1-1 draw with Millwall.
American defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play for Bolton in a 2-0 shutout of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for Derby County in a 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town.
American defender Zak Whitbread did not dress for Leicester City in a 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
In the third-division League One, American defender Frank Simek did not dress for Carlisle United, while forward Mike Grella did not dress for Scunthorpe United.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes for Hannover 96 in a 0-0 draw Sunday with VfB Stuttgart.
Cherundolo suffered a knee injury in a Hannover’s DFB Pokal (German Cup) match against Borussia Dortmund last December 19 and has not played since, but he now seems fully recovered and he looked sharp against Stuttgart.
German-American defender Fabian Johnson went 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 3-0 whitewash of Fortuna Dusseldorf. German-American midfielder Danny Williams did not dress for Hoffenheim.
German-American Timmy Chandler went the distance for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 2-1 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones missed his second match in a row after suffering an ankle injury playing for the U.S. in its 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Mexico in Mexico City and was absent for FC Schalke 04 in its 2-0 decision over Werder Bremen.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst did not dress for FC Augsburg in its 4-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks was in the center of defense for Hertha Berlin, which defeated Eintracht Braunschweig 3-0.
German-American midfielder Alfredo Morales came on as an injury replacement for Hertha in the 11th minute.
German-American forward Andrew Wooten played 90 minutes for SV Sandhausen in a 2-1 loss to MSV Duisburg.
American midfielder Joe Gyau started and played 72 minutes for FC St. Pauli in a 3-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
American striker Bobby Wood dressed, but did not play for TSV 1860 Munich in its 1-1 draw with Energie Cottbus.
In Italy on Monday night, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes for AS Roma in a foul-filled 1-1 draw with Lazio. Roma tied the game with a penalty kick in the 57th minute, while Lazio was reduced to 10 men because of a red card in the 69th minute.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore went the distance for AZ Alkmaar in its 1-1 draw with NEC Nijmegen.
In Spain’s La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for Málaga in a 4-2 loss to Real Sociedad.
In the Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes for Racing Santander in a 1-0 win over AD Alcorcon.
In Belgium’s championship playoffs, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for Anderlecht in a 0-0 draw with Standard de Liège. In the six-team final round, Anderlecht is 0-1-1, but in first place with 35 points, including points carried over from the Pro League regular season.
The first-place club goes to the European Champions League, while the runnerup enters the Champions League qualification round.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu went the distance for Bursaspor, which defeated Besiktas 3-0 on Monday night.
In the Austrian Bundesliga, Terrence Boyd scored for Rapid Wien, playing 90 minutes in a 1-1 with FC Wacker.
Boyd, who also received a yellow card put in a second half, scored on a rebound for his 12th league goal and 16th across all competitions.
In Norway, Norwegian-born U.S. national midfielder Mix Diskerud played 90 minutes for Rosenborg BK in a 4-0 victory over Sogndal.
American keeper Steve Clark played 90 minutes for Hønefoss BK in a 4-3 loss to Aalesund.
American midfielder Josh Gatt played the final 32 minutes for Molde FK in a 1-0 loss to SK Brann.
In Denmark, American forward Charlie Davies played the final 17 minutes for Randers FC in a 1-0 loss to Brøndby IF.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson dressed, but did not play for Brøndby.
American midfielder Conor O’Brien played the final nine minutes for FC Nordsjælland in a 2-0 decision over AC Horsens.
In Sweden in a pair of Monday night matches, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes for Helsingborg IF in a 1-1 draw with Öster IF.
American midfielder Brian Span dressed, but didn’t play for Djurgårdens IF, which faced Mjallby in a match that was abandoned in the 38th minute because of a serious injury.
In Mexico, U.S. defender Edgar Castillo went the distance, while midfielder Joe Corona played the opening 79 minutes for Club Tijuana in a 0-0 draw with Santos Laguna.
American defender Greg Garza did not dress for Tijuana, while U.S. striker Herculez Gomez went the first 56 minutes for Santos Laguna.
American defender Michael Orozco Fiscal went 90 minutes and received a yellow card , while U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the opening 75 minutes for Puebla in a 1-1 draw with Club America.
Mexican-American defender Ventura Alvarado did not dress for America.
Also receiving a yellow card was U.S. midfielder José Torres, who went the first 74 minutes for Tigres in a 0-0 draw with Leon.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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