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Football: Benfica survive Spurs fright, Juve edge Fiorentina

Published on Mar 21, 2014 6:06 AM
Benfica's Brazilian forward Rodrigo Lima (centre) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Uefa Europa League Round of 16 football match SL Benfica vs Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on March 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PARIS (AFP) - Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday but not before giving Benfica a huge scare as English interest in the continent's second-tier tournament ended.

Benfica survived a dramatic late onslaught in Lisbon to reach the quarter-finals with a 2-2 draw having won the first leg 3-1 at White Hart Lane last week.

Jorge Jesus's team appeared to be cruising towards the last eight when Ezequiel Garay scored in the first half at the Estadio da Luz.

But Nacer Chadli struck twice in quick succession late in the second half to give Spurs hope of forcing extra-time.

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