Europa League round-up: Tottenham and Celtic crash out

first_img Erik Lamela battles for the ball 1 Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League after a 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina.Spurs required a goal to progress after the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane a week ago but were caught out by their ruthless hosts, who sealed the tie with goals from Mario Gomez and ex-Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.Things could have differently had Christian Eriksen been awarded an early penalty or, more importantly, if Roberto Soldado had decided to shoot rather than pass to Nacer Chadli when through on goal.After handball appeals against Federico Fazio and a wasted chance by Milan Badelj, both were involved as the latter read the former’s poor pass and played through Gomez to fire home.It was not long until Spurs, who saw goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez sent off, were punished once again as Jan Vertonghen was dispossessed by Salah and the Chelsea loanee lashed home.Substitute Harry Kane did find the net, only for offside to be called on a night which was is far from ideal preparation for Sunday’s trip to Wembley.Meanwhile, ten-man Celtic were eliminated after they were beaten 1-0 by Inter Milan (4-3 on aggregate) at the San Siro.The Scottish champions were more than holding their own until Virgil van Dijk was sent off on the 36th minute after picking up two yellow cards.It became an uphill task for Ronny Deila’s side and they never really came close to getting the vital goal, before Fredy Guarin drilled in a wonderful strike with two minutes remaining to send take a rather unconvincing Serie A side into the last 16.last_img read more