By FOX Sports Staff
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg from White Hart Lane, Inter hosted Spurs at the San Siro on Thursday looking for a heroic response in the second leg.
And they got off to the perfect start as Antonio Cassano put Inter ahead after 20 minutes. Rodrigo Palacio made it 2-0 after the break and when William Gallasput the ball in to his own net, the tie was level at 3-3 on aggregate.
At this point, Inter were completely dominating Spurs as they searched for a fourth goal in extra-time, but Andre Villas-Boas' men scraped through on the away goals rule as Emmanuel Adebayor struck to spare Tottenham utter humiliation.
Ricardo Alvarez grabbed a consolation goal for Inter in the 110th minute to make it 4-1 on the night.
"I thought it was the perfect game," Inter president Moratti told Inter Channel.
"The players did what the press predicted we wouldn't, they showed pride and were dangerous. We're all very proud of the team, I can only congratulate them.
"We went out, okay, but had it been the Champions League I'd have been a lot more disappointed!"
"Of course extra time can take its toll in terms of our next league match but this is huge from a psychological perspective.
"Us fans, when the team isn't doing well, we'd get rid of them all, but when things go better you realise everyone's quality: tonight [Thursday] we saw that we can rely on young and older players alike, who have character and pride."
On a sour note, the match was tarnished by racist abuse from the home fans towards Adebayor.
Monkey chants were heard at the San Siro during the second leg of a Europa League last-16 tie during which an inflatable banana was seen in the crowd.
"It's a very sensitive situation," Villas-Boas said of the chanting.
"UEFA set out to act on that situation.
"It was very, very easy to hear the chanting so I am sure that UEFA will act on it."
Inter next face Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday.