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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Chelsea, Benfica, Fenerbahce win in Europa League

Associated Press

Chelsea, Benfica and Fenerbahce closed in on the Europa League semifinals with victories on Thursday.

Basel scored two crucial away goals in a draw at Tottenham.

Fernando Torres scored twice in a game for the first time in four months as European champion Chelsea won 3-1 over Rubin Kazan at home in the first leg of their quarterfinal.

Benfica came from behind to beat Newcastle 3-1 at home, while Fenerbahce scored two late goals to claim a 2-0 victory over short-handed Lazio.

Tottenham fought back from two goals down to tie 2-2 with Basel, but midfielder Gareth Bale was carried off in stoppage time with a serious-looking injury to his right ankle.

The second legs are next Thursday.