Gareth Bale scores as Tottenham beat Inter Milan

  • 8 March 2013
Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale maintained his unbelievable scoring streak to put Tottenham in full control of their Europa League tie against Italian side Inter Milan.

The Welsh wizard opened the scoring with a powerful header, before goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 on the night.

Spurs though will have to make do without Bale for the second leg after he was booked for diving.

But boss Andre Villas-Boas hopes his side can still progress.

Elsewhere it was a bit of a mixed bag for English teams on the night.

Rafa Benitez's time at Chelsea took another turn for the worse as they lost 1-0 away to Romanian side Steaua Bucharest.

Image caption The European champions struggled in Romania.

Meanwhile a strong defensive performance earned Newcastle a goalless draw in their last-16 tie against Anzhi Makhachkala.

The second legs will all be played on Thursday 14th March.