BY DAN KARELL
Gareth Bale just can’t seem to stop scoring.
The Welshman scored his tenth goal in eight games to lead Tottenham Hotspurs to a 3-0 victory over recent Champions League winner Inter Milan on Thursday night at White Hart Lane.
Bale opened the scoring with a glancing header in the sixth minute, and it was all downhill from there for Inter Milan. The Italian giants conceded again in the 18th minute, when Gylfi Siggurdson finished off a rebounded shot from Jermaine Defoe, and in the 53rd minute, when Jan Vertonghen header found the net off a corner kick.
Bale did pick up a yellow card in the match, ruling him out for the second leg at the San Siro, due to yellow card accumulation.
Here are the other scores around the Europa League, and some more stories to get your Friday going:
EUROPA LEAGUE SCOREBOARD
Chelsea 1, Steaua Bucharest 0
FC Basel 2, Zenit St. Petersburg 0
Benfica 1, Bordeaux 0
Levante 0, Rubin Kazan 0
Lazio 2, Stuttgart 0
Newcastle United 0, Anzi Makhachkala 0
Fenerbahce 1, Viktoria Plzen 0
ROONEY NOT GOING ANYWHERE, SAYS FERGUSON
On Friday, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made his first public comments on since his side’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday, addressing the speculation involving forward Wayne Rooney and a potential exit.
Ferguson put those claims to bed, stating to reporters that Rooney would be a Red Devil next season. Ferguson also added that there were no issues between him and the Liverpool-born striker.
Speculation had been rife following the Champions League defeat that Rooney’s place on the team was gone, and that he could move to another club this summer.
ESTADIO BERNABEU TO HOST COPA DEL REY FINAL
Real Madrid has won the right to host the Copa Del Rey final against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, when the two sides clash on May 17. It will be the first time ever in the Spanish cup history that a final has been played in one of the participating team’s stadium.
After a meeting between representatives of the two teams, as well as the Spanish football federation, all sides decided to put the final in the heart of Madrid, where there would be a larger number of seats available to fans. According to reports from the Spanish press, Real Madrid wanted the match to be played in Barcelona, but Atletico insisted on using their rival’s stadium.
Each team will be given 30,000 tickets for their fans, and the rest will be sold to the general public.
TEVEZ ARRESTED IN MANCHESTER
Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez was arrested on Thursday in Macclesfield, England, for allegedly driving with a suspended license. The Argentinian could face a prison sentence of up to six months.
Tevez’s license was suspended for six months last January, when he pleaded guilty to withholding information about two speeding tickets, and not paying fines on time. Tevez’s excuse was that he did not understand English well enough to understand the language of the police tickets.
Driving with a suspended license in England comes with a penalty of up to six months in prison, as well as a fine of up to £5,000.
BOCA JUNIORS CONTINUE TO FALL WITH LOSS TO NACIONAL
It seems not even the addition of Juan Roman Riquelme has helped Boca Juniors improve their poor form the last two months.
Riquelme played the full 90 as his Boca Juniors side lost to Uruguayan team Nacional 1-0 at La Bombanera on Thursday evening in Copa Libertadores action. It’s the Argentine side’s third defeat in their last four matches in all competitions.
Nacional defender Andre Scotti scored the lone goal for his club, launching a powerful header from a corner into the back of the net. The win moves the Uruguayan squad into first place in Group 1 with seven points from three games.
Around the continent, Colombian club Santa Fe defeated Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño 2-1, with two second half penalty kick goals. Brazil’s Sao Paulo tied 1-1 with Argentina’s Arsenal de Sarandi, and Atletico Mineiro of Brazil won their sixth match in a row, beating The Strongest from Bolivia 2-1. Ronaldinho scored the game winning goal from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute.
Ligue 1 side Nice midfielder Valentin Eysseric has been given an 11-match ban for a horrifying studs-up challenge. (REPORT)
PSG sporting director Leonardo could leave the club when the season ends. (REPORT)
Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini has broken two bones in his back, and will be out for seven weeks. (REPORT)
Argentina will count on Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Gonzalo Higuain to lead the line in key World Cup qualifiers later this month. (REPORT).
Barcelona will appeal goalkeeper Victor Valdes’ four-match ban for dissent. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? Do you see Bale’s goal scoring form continuing? Do you see Rooney staying long-term at United? Is this the last straw for Tevez in Manchester?
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