Half-Time Report: Basel lead Spurs in North London

Basel's Valentin Stocker scores against Spurs on April 4, 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur trail Basel 2-1 at half time in the first leg of their Europa League tie against their Swiss opponents.

Two away goals in the first half have given Basel a crucial 2-1 lead over Tottenham Hotspur midway through the first leg of their Europa League tie.

Spurs started the match in confident fashion but the hosts found it difficult to create early chances against Basel's stubborn defence.

However, the first clear opportunity of the contest fell to visiting forward Marco Streller, who tested Brad Friedel's reactions with a well struck shot from 10 yards out.

The hosts responded well to a spell of Basel domination, with Gareth Bale drilling the ball just wide following good work from Lewis Holtby.

Andre Villas-Boas was forced into making an early substitution when Aaron Lennon limped off the field and Basel piled on the misery just moments later as Valentin Stocker slotted the ball into the back of the net after Streller had drilled his effort against the post.

Basel doubled their advantage five minutes later when Spurs failed to defend a corner, leaving Fabian Frei to head past the helpless Friedel.

However, the home side were able to reduce the deficit five minutes before the break as Emmanuel Adebayor capitalised on some nervy defending to volley home from close range.

Scott Parker should have equalised on the stroke of half time but the midfielder failed to hit the target from only six yards out.

Lewis Holtby at the final whistle applauds fans after his team secure a win against West Brom on February 3, 2013
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