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Football: Benfica stun Tottenham, Juve held in derby

Published on Mar 14, 2014 6:29 AM
Benfica's Spanish striker Rodrigo (2nd right) scores his team's opening goal during the Uefa Europa League round of 16 first leg football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Benfica at White Hart Lane in north London on March 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Tim Sherwood's prospects of remaining in the Tottenham Hotspur manager's job long-term were not helped as his side lost 3-1 at home to Benfica in their Europa League last 16, first leg on Thursday.

Portuguese league leaders Benfica extended their unbeaten run to 24 matches and made it nine consecutive wins in all competitions with a victory that was given to them by a goal from Rodrigo and a Luisao brace, with Christian Eriksen pulling one back for the hosts.

Amid speculation that Spurs will move to bring in experienced Dutchman Louis van Gaal as coach in the summer, Sherwood saw his team suffer a defeat that leaves them in a very difficult position heading into next week's return leg in Lisbon.

The visitors, who lost last season's final to Chelsea in Amsterdam, took the lead half an hour in when Ruben Amorim released Rodrigo with a superb pass in behind the defence, and the Brazilian-born Spanish striker curled a fine finish around goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

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