Benfica vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned

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Benfica vs. Tottenham Hotspur: 6 Things We Learned
Associated Press
For Andros Townsend, it was not to be for his Tottenham Hotspur team in Lisbon on Thursday night.

Tottenham Hotspur exited the Europa League at the round of 16 after a 2-2 draw in the Estadio da Luz saw them defeated 5-3 on aggregate by Benfica.

Ezequiel Garay's first-half header looked to have sealed the victory for Jorge Jesus' side—a self-inflicted blow from Tottenham in an otherwise commendable display from their makeshift defence.

Instead, a lacklustre middle period from the north Londoners gave way to a brave final 20 minutes that almost forced extra time.

Harry Kane's introduction for the ineffective Roberto Soldado immediately provided his team with more of a presence up front.

When goalkeeper Brad Friedel launched a ball forward, the striker dropped to win a flick-on that found Nacer Chadli in space out left. The Belgian ran purposefully inside and fired a stinging shot past Jan Oblak into the bottom corner.

The Kane-Chadli combination struck again soon after. Aaron Lennon lofted a cross to the back post that Kane nodded down for Chadli to sweep home and put Spurs 2-1 up on the night.

Spurs' search of an aggregate equaliser was not to be. Kane's claim of a penalty was turned down when he was nudged over by Miralem Sulejmani, then he and Gylfi Sigurdsson both had headers saved by Oblak.

In the dying seconds of stoppage time, Lima was bundled over in the Spurs box by Sandro and he converted the subsequent penalty to seal his side's entry into the next round.

Spurs' European adventure is over for another season, while Benfica progress to the quarter-final stage. Read on from some things we learned from their meeting in the Portuguese capital.

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