Gareth Bale scored with two free kicks to give Tottenham a 2-1 win over Lyon in their Europa League soccer round of 32 opener. Liverpool lost 2-0 at Zenit St. Petersburg.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Frank Lampard’s late penalty kick sent 10-man Manchester City to its first Premier League defeat of the season as Chelsea rallied for a 2-1 win.
Fernando Torres ended a five-month goal drought with two strikes in Chelsea’s 5-2 win against Leicester City in the quarterfinals of English soccer’s F.A. Cup. His former team Liverpool beat Stoke City 2-1 to advance.
Chelsea beat Benfica to set up a Champions League semifinal against tournament favorite Barcelona, while Real Madrid also won at home to advance to a final four meeting with Bayern Munich.
A late header from Cristiano Ronaldo lifted Portugal past the Czech Republic 1-0 and into the semifinals of the European soccer championship.
Liverpool overcame Fernando Torres ’s transfer deadline day exit with a 1-0 win at Chelsea, the Spanish striker’s new team, to continue its resurgence under Kenny Dalglish .
Trailing 2-1 overall and playing with 10 men, Chelsea found a way to oust Barcelona and reach the Champions League soccer final.
Substitute Silvestre Varela scored an 87th-minute goal as Portugal beat Denmark 3-2 to boost its chances of reaching the knockout stage at soccer’s European Championship for a fifth straight time.
West Ham beat Liverpool 3-1 to climb off the bottom of English soccer’s Premier League, boosting the east London’s club fight against relegation. Manchester City and Fulham tied 1-1.