Tottenham Hotspur vs. Benfica: 6 Things We Learned

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Benfica: 6 Things We Learned
Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris and Kyle Naughton look on helplessly at Rodrigo's curled effort gave Benfica a one-nil lead.

Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 3-1 defeat to Benfica in their first-leg clash in the Europa League round of 16 on Thursday night.

Rodrigo opened the scoring for the Portuguese Liga leaders just under half hour in, with the forward making the most of the space behind the Tottenham defence to coolly curl past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner.

Benfica captain Luisao put his side two-nil up 13 minutes into the second half. Taking advantage of the freedom granted him by his counterpart and supposed marker Younes Kaboul, the defender headed in unchallenged.

A Christian Eriksen free-kick reduced the deficit with Spurs looking re-energised for a period. That momentum quickly was sapped away, and Luisao added to Benfica's lead after being left alone at another set piece.

Spurs head to the Stadium of Light for the second leg next Thursday, but face an uphill task against a disciplined and imaginative Benfica outfit.

Here are a few things learned from the first leg between the two. 

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