Chelsea staged a thrilling comeback to beat Steaua Bucharest 3-1 and reach the Europa League quarterfinals, but Inter Milan failed to advance despite a second-leg recovery of its own on a breathless night of last-16 action on Thursday.
John Terry and Fernando Torres scored second-half goals to help Chelsea, the reigning European champion, squeeze past Steaua 3-2 on aggregate at Stamford Bridge.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Inter thrashed Tottenham 4-1 at the San Siro for a 4-4 aggregate scoreline but exited on the away-goals rule, with Emmanuel Adebayor’s extra-time strike proving decisive.
“We put on a truly great performance, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough,” Inter captain Javier Zanetti said. “We gave it everything we had.”
The match was marred by apparent racist abuse by Inter fans toward Adebayor, and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas expects UEFA to take action.
“It was very, very easy to hear the chanting so I am sure that UEFA will act on it,” Villas-Boas said.
Newcastle completed an English clean sweep into the last eight thanks to Papiss Cisse’s stoppage-time winner against Anzhi Makhachkala, partly making up for the failure of any Premier League team to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in 17 years.