Benfica v Tottenham Hotspur - as it happened

Reaction after Tottenham's dramatic draw against Benfica, which is enough to send the Portuguese side into the quarter-finals.

20 March 2014 Last updated at 17:03

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  1. 20:24: 

    Time to steer this ship into dock for the night. You can keep up-to-date with the latest on the three remaining games in the Europa League last 16 on the BBC live scores page and there will be a round-up covering all the goings-on appearing later.

    Currently it is goalless in all three off the later kick-off.

    Thanks for your messages and see you next time.

  2. 20:16: 
    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Hope, belief and ultimately disappointment. All in the lovely spring sun. It makes taking good photos like shooting fish in a barrel. In particularly good light.

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  3. 20:09: 
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    Brett in Nuneaton: Levy. Read this. With you and Sherwood in charge Spurs are a spent force doomed to flounder mid table for ever.

    Gavin: Spurs play their best game with Sherwood in the stands...coincidence? I think not.

    Maggie in Lowestoft: I'm proud of the lads. Makeshift team but what a performance! They can hold their heads up. Put the same guys out on Sunday Tim!

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    Matt Donnelly: That Soldado chance could have made the difference good effort though Benfica look a force.

    Robin Clifford: Well at least we got 10 minutes of excitement, more than most our games this season!

  5. 20:08: 
    Benfica 2-2 Tottenham (agg 5-3)

    Tim Sherwood avoids racking up a fourth successive defeat but his record after 20 matches in charge is an underwhelming nine wins, three draws and eight defeats.

    He has said that he is already planning for next season. That is all very well, but what Daniel Levy has in mind for 2014-15 might override those targets and tactics.

  6. 20:04: 
    Benfica 2-2 Tottenham (agg 5-3)
    Lima

    A strange old game for the home fans. It looked like their side were in for a procession until Nacer Chadli's quickfire double put the cat among the eagles. Lima's penalty to confirm their place in Friday's last-eight draw was met with bemused relief.

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    Jimmy Boy: Tottenham players finally showing character. Good try but unfortunate.

    Anthony Amodeo: Where was the fight in the first leg? Where was it in the first half tonight? Make no mistake: Poor from Spurs and Sherwood.

    Luke: Unlucky for Spurs. Townsend's time is surely up, teams are happy for him to have the ball and run at them. He does nothing.

  8. 20:01: 

    There are some big teams still in Europe's second-string competition. With the final in Turin, Italian champions Juventus taking on last year's runners-up Benfica would be worth 90 minutes of anyone's time.

    Of course Napoli, Porto and Valencia might all have something to say about that last-two pairing.

  9. 19:57: 
    Europa League round-up

    Juventus remain on course to play in this season's Europa League final on their own ground. Antonio Conte's side - 14 points clear at the top of Serie A - secured a 1-0 away win over domestic rivals Fiorentina and go through 2-1 on aggregate.

    Andrea Pirlo scored the winner with a fierce free-kick into the top corner from just outside the penalty area, seconds after Fiorentina captain Gonzalo Rodriguez was sent off for a foul on Fernando Llorente.

    Lyon survived a scare to go through 5-3 on aggregate against Viktoria Plzen, despite losing the second leg 2-1 in the Czech Republic. Daniel Kolar and Stanislav Tecl scored for the Czech champions. And they could have made it a really tense finish had Tecl not hit the post with a penalty 20 minutes from the end.

    Elsewhere, AZ made the last eight by drawing 0-0 away to Anzhi Makhachkala and sealing a 1-0 aggregate win, while Valencia beat Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 on the night and 4-0 overall.

  10. 19:55: 
    Benfica 2-2 Tottenham (agg 5-3)
    Match stats

    Tottenham finish the game with more shots in total and on target. They improved after the withdrawal of Roberto Soldado whose season has never really got going.

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    Joseph Lim- Keep your head up Sandro, the team had a go and all Spurs fans will be encouraged on that performance.

    Justin Dowling: Unlucky Spurs! They gave it their best shot but left it far too late for a comeback.

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 2-2 Tottenham (agg 5-3)

    "Spurs certainly made a memorable last 15 mins - they showed great spirit. Whether it was the substitutions I'm not sure, but all of a sudden they came to life. Benfica were in command - they scored their goal which Friedel had no chance with but it was a terrific effort by Tottenham."

    Brad Friedel
  13. 19:54: 
    Benfica 2-2 Tottenham (agg 5-3)

    Well, that got out of hand real quick didn't it? A barn-storming finish after the tie had seemed dead and buried after 75 minutes.

  14. 19:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Benfica 2-2 Tottenham (agg 5-3)
    Andros Townsend looks deflated
  15. 19:51: 
    GOAL- Benfica 2-2 Tottenham (agg 5-3) - Lima (pen)

    Lima picks himself up, dusts himself down and rifles home the penalty with the final kick of the game.

  16. 19:51: 
    PENALTY TO BENFICA- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    A tired-looking challenge from Sandro sends Lima to the deck. A stonewall spot-kick.

  17. 19:50: 
    CLOSE!- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Harry Kane this time, stretching up at the far post, but he can only guide a header into Jan Oblak's gloves.

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    "Tottenham have made this a finish to remember, a remarkable finish when it looked so improbable. They have shown great spirit, it's a wake-up call that has come a bit late..."

  19. 19:49: 
    CLOSE!- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Gylfi Sigurdsson is unmarked at the far post, but his downward header is robbed of some power as it bounces up off the turf, giving Jan Oblak time to cover across and push it aside.

  20. 19:47: 
    INJURY TIME- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Luisao heads clear from the set-piece, but Tottenham have three extra minutes from the fourth official to play with.

  21. 19:46: 
    YELLOW CARD- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Enzo Perez goes into the book for a blatant body-check on Aaron Lennon. Spurs pack the penalty box for the free-kick....

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    Ralph Brooker- Go on Spurs. Not a fan but it could be a good week for struggling gaffers.

  23. 19:45: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Harry Kane goes down under a challenge from Miralem Sulejmani and asks the question. Nothing doing from the official... It was a borderline one, a wrestle that could have been called either way.

  24. 19:43: 
    Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Tottenham run out of ideas in the face of a packed Benfica defence and Kyle Naughton's rather aimless cross is easily cleared. Three minutes left on the clock.

  25. 19:42: 
    Europa League latest

    Andrea Pirlo may just have done it again for Juventus. The Italian master scored a free-kick winner for the Serie A leaders at Genoa on Sunday, and has hit another unstoppable set-piece to give them the lead away to Fiorentina.

    Juve lead 1-0 on the night - 2-1 on aggregate - and needed Pirlo's inspiration, because they had been heading out on the away goals rule up to that point. It was double punishment for Fiorentina, as captain Gonzalo Rodriguez - already on a yellow card - was sent off by referee Howard Webb for conceding the free-kick with a foul on Fernando Llorente.

    Elsewhere, Czech champions Viktoria Plzen are making a fight of it against Lyon, coming from a goal down to lead 2-1 on the night, but they still trail 5-3 overall. Spanish striker Paco Alcacer has headed Valencia 1-0 up on the night (and 4-0 ahead on aggregate) against Ludogorets Razgrad.

  26. 19:42:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    "Tottenham have pushed this game to the limits. Maybe the addition of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen has given them the chance to push on."

  27. 19:42: 
    Final five- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Guilherme Siqueira is sent sprawling by Sandro near the Tottenham corner flag but the referee turns down appeals for a free-kick and the home fans squeal with disgust. More white shirts being ushered forwards as we tick into the final five minutes.

  28. 19:39: 
    Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    Aaron Lennon puts on the after-burners and forces Jan Oblak into an unseemly rush off his line to see off the danger. Tottenham are pushing here and the home side are creaking a little. What a turnaround. Eight minutes remain.

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    David Wilkins: Grandstand finish here... Who would have thought for the first 75 minutes such a thing was possible? Come on Spurs!

    Jay: The Tottenham players have tasted blood. And they clearly like the taste! Hoping for one of the most stirring of all comebacks!

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3)

    "This is a little bit of a shake up for Benfica. Could Spurs do something remarkable? In 90 seconds they have given themselves a chance."

  31. 19:36: 
    GOAL- Benfica 1-2 Tottenham (agg 4-3) - Nacer Chadli (79 mins)

    Hang on a cotton-pickin'.... Nacer Chadli swivels and sweeps home Harry Kane's knock-down from Aaron Lennon's far-post cross and there is an eerie silence around the Estadio da Luz. The home side are one goal away from being taken to extra time. Ten minutes to go...

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-1 Tottenham (agg 4-2)

    "That's where Chadli likes to play - in the centre. He also likes to get some headers but so far there has been a lack of service tonight. Let's see if they can win the game on the night"

  33. 19:34: 
    GOAL- Benfica 1-1 Tottenham (agg 4-2) - Nacer Chadli (78 mins)

    A daisycutter of the highest order. Nacer Chadli belts a low, skidding shot past the outstretched glove of Jan Oblak and in at the near post.

  34. 19:33: 
    SUBSTITUTIONS- Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Another change apiece. Benfica swap Oscar Cardozo, who has been quiet, for top-scorer Lima.

    Christian Eriksen is going to get his chance. Off comes Andros Townsend and the Dane looks like he is going to take up his role on the right.

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    Matt in Winchester: Can't help thinking Spurs made a huge mistake letting Huddlestone leave in the summer.

    Rich in Spain: People slating Levy should remember how the 90s were for Spurs before his arrival. Supporters have the expectation now that Spurs should be challenging because of how we've progressed under his stewardship.

  36. 19:31: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Nacer Chadli dollies up a nothingish lob from 20 yards and Jan Oblak pouches it with ease. Tottenham don't look like they have much of a plan for smuggling the ball from 25 yards out into the back of the net.

  37. 19:29:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "Tottenham doing a holding job at the moment. Benfica are looking comfortable but neither side are creating much currently."

  38. 19:29: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Perhaps not the one you would expect. Roberto Soldado is removed from the fray with Harry Kane pushed into the lone frontman role in his place.

    Twenty minutes to go. Three goals is unlikely in the extreme, but not impossible. And probably more likely with two men up top.

  39. 19:27: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Enzo Perez replaces Filip Djuricic for Benfica. And Tottenham are going to make a change as well...

  40. 19:24:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "The re-arranged back four of Spurs have played quite solidly in front of Brad Friedel - he was well beaten for the goal but couldn't do much about it. Hugo Lloris is back in England with various other players who haven't travelled.

    "If they lose this game tonight they have an interesting encounter against Southampton at the weekend."

  41. 19:22: 
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    David in Edinburgh: Now's the time - throw on the kids! Nothing to lose now and it'll probably be a good experience for them.

    Rob: People keep saying we must give Sherwood a chance. Why? He is very lucky to be in the job with no experience. He needs to learn his trade - he hasn't been a no.2 or even coached before. Look at Rodgers, he is young but he worked his way up at clubs and learnt the job. Tim must do the same.

    Andy in Kent: Do you think Sherwood was told by Levy to sit in the stand and stop embarrassing us?

  42. 19:21: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Eduardo Salvio has been very impressive for Benfica tonight. A magnetic touch combined with lively pace and a keen footballing brain.

    Apparently he struggles to get in this Benfica team ahead of Nicolas Gaitan usually. He wouldn't be the worst buy for any Premier League side.

  43. 19:19:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "The zonal marking of Benfica is proving more impressive than the man marking of Spurs. Even though Spurs are missing some key men the Benfica system seems to be working better at set-pieces."

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    Krystle: Hoping they go for Laudrup in the summer. This is turning into a joke with Sherwood in charge!! AVB must be laughing. It's a joke how much he relies on u21! Nowhere near good enough or experienced enough!!!

    Sam from Portsmouth: When will people realise that Tottenham spent way too much in the summer. I think Sherwood would do well if he was allowed to buy the players he wants. Levy is the problem, not the managers.

    Tottenham would have been absolutely slaughtered however if they had allowed Gareth Bale to depart without re-investing at least a large chunk of that cash. How well they have spent it is another thing...

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    David Wilkins: No strike force of note for Spurs. They hold almost no threat.

    Andrew M Machado: Amid all the negativity, I think Fryers deserves a shout. He's played a great game so far.

  46. 19:16: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Andros Townsend isn't the most subtle of players, but he knows what he is good at. The England winger gets the hammer down, twisting inside Maxi Pereira and firing a strong low shot into the wrong side of the side netting from a Tottenham point of view.

    An hour gone and Tottenham still need three goals to take the tie into extra time.

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "It is a difficult position for Tim Sherwood as they need to get a goal but they could get a beating if they push on too much. But a draw here would be a decent result."

  48. 19:14: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Luisao powers his neck muscles into a Benfica corner, but his header flies wide with Brad Friedel waving it on its way.

  49. 19:13: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Two of Tottenham's host of midfield playmakers almost connect the dots, but Nacer Chadli's inswinging cross is just a little too far in front of the sliding Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    Gylfi Sigurdsson rues a missed chance
  50. 19:11:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "It's very difficult for Tottenham to get enough support to Roberto Soldado. He doesn't have his shooting boots and the ball isn't coming in quickly enough from Aaron Lennon or Andros Townsend. I though they might switch Townsend and Lennon on the wings but you look at Spurs and you know where the players are - they are a bit static, whereas Benfica are very fluid and hard to track."

  51. 19:10: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Tim Sherwood is still up in the crow's nest, watching the action from on high in the stands rather than mix it down below on the touchline.

  52. 19:09: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Should they lose this match, and it is looking likely, Tottenham will have lost four successive matches for the first time in more than 10 years.

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    Dave Payn: Although they turned it around v Dnipro, tonight isn't the first time that Spurs will regret getting rid of Jermain Defoe.

    Feargus Durham: Was nervous about Liverpool/Spurs on the 30th... not anymore. Spurs will take a bigger beating than Sherwood's gilet

  54. 19:08: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Benfica work the angles beautifully as Eduardo Salvio holds his run for a millisecond to allow the overlapping Maxi Pereira to cut inside, before rolling a deft pass into the Uruguayan. Tottenham survive, but there is too much cunning and craft to Benfica's play for them to cope with.

  55. 19:05:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think Benfica have made it mission impossible. They are technically very good players, very clever players. Spurs have not delivered the killer shot they were promising early on but the goal has flattened their spirits."

    You can listen to commentary of the second half on BBC Radio 5 live.

  56. 19:05: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Good battling from Zeki Fryers, who holds off the attentions of Filip Djuricic, nibbling around his ankles, to earn a free-kick close to his own corner flag.

    He and Sandro have done a decent job at the back, helped by not being stationed up near half way as the Tottenham defence was in their defeat against Arsenal at the weekend.

  57. 19:01: 
    KICK-OFF- Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    We are back under way.

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    Jack in Kent: I think everyone needs to not be so hard on Spurs, bear in mind this is the first season some/most of the players have played together, plus injuries and a new/fairly un-experienced manager. I think they're doing quite well all things considered.

    Hugh in London: Completely agree Javier, seemed comically arrogant for such an inexperienced coach when he took on the Spurs job.

  59. 19:01: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Tottenham are back out for the second half. No changes as yet for the visitors.

  60. 18:59: 
    Benfica celebrations

    Giant flags - look great on the television, less so when you are sat behind them, missing goal aftermath and celebrations.

  61.  
    Europa League round-up

    One early result to bring you in the last 16, with Dick Advocaat's AZ through to the quarter-finals, securing a 1-0 aggregate victory after drawing 0-0 away to Anzhi Makhachkala in the 17:00 GMT kick-off.

    Just one goal to report in the other three early kick-offs, with Bafetimbi Gomis scoring right on half-time for Lyon away to Viktoria Plzen. Remi Garde's side now hold a 5-1 aggregate lead over the Czech champions.

    Serie A leaders Juventus are being held 0-0 and have a little bit of work to do against Fiorentina, who will go through on away goals as it stands, having drawn 1-1 in Turin last week. Valencia, 3-0 up from their first leg, are also goalless against Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad.

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    Mike Hanson: Still confused as to why Holtby was sent out on loan in January, we could do with the creative midfield support!

  63. 18:52: 
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    Lee in Nottingham: Townsend looks so uninterested! Sherwood needs to use the hair dryer on him at half time!! Shocking performance from him so far!

    Mark in Scarborough: Wherever he is at the minute, I'll bet AVB can't help but stifle a smile... (he is probably in St Petersburg in his new job)

    Javier in London: Is anyone else starting to despise Tim Sherwood? Arrogant, aggressive man if you ask me.

  64. 18:52: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)
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    Tottenham have had the openings to be ahead in the game, with Roberto Soldado missing two prime sights of goal.

    Jermain Defoe scored twice in the first 24 minutes of his Toronto FC debut at the weekend by the way...

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "Tottenham started well enough with a few attacks that could have ended with scoring chances but they didn't deliver in those positions. I think the midfield needs to support quicker - they have been out done with pace on the right hand side. Benfica are very confident on the ball - Tottenham have not been able to get close enough to them to put pressure on them.

    "Tottenham have to go back to England with some pride and need to a have a good second half."

  66. 18:45: 
    HALF-TIME- Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Not a single second of injury-time. Tottenham troop down the tunnel and they are going to need one heck of a pep-talk to turn this one around.

  67. 18:45:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "All the thrust is coming down the right-hand side from Benfica, They are determined to run down there against Andros Townsend and Danny Rose. We haven't seen the same thrust down the left from Miralem Sulejmani yet."

  68. 18:45: 
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    Andrew: David Moyes, if you're watching this game and reading this live text commentary, please sign Garay in the summer. He's exactly what Manchester United need at the minute, pretty please?

    He's a class act certainly. Maybe he could be ruffled with a bit of pace and physicality though. Roberto Soldado is offering little of either tonight.

  69. 18:42: 
    Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    Tim Sherwood fidgets in his posh seat up in the gods. His tactics will come under scrutiny again. What is his move from here?

    For my money, keep it the same until half-time and if Spurs haven't scored by then call on Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane from the bench. Two up front with the Dane sitting in the hole and Nacer Chadli making way.

  70. 18:39: 
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    Jay C: Goal changes nothing for Spurs. Needed 3 goals before kick off and still need 3, just that it means extra time.

    phil drysdale: Game over Spurs.

    I think it slims their already-skinny odds still further.

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1)

    "That goal came slightly against the run of play but Spurs haven't looked a goal threat. It was on the counter-attack where they were beaten at White Hart lane and it is the same story tonight."

  72. 18:35: 
    GOAL- Benfica 1-0 Tottenham (agg 4-1) - Ezequiel Garay (34 mins)

    Surely that is curtains for Tottenham. Eduardo Salvio breezes past Aaron Lennon, who looks like he is set in concrete, and clips a cheeky little cross into the Spurs six-yard box. Ezequiel Garay arrives late on the scene and meets the hovering ball with a bullish header to give Brad Friedel no chance.

    The visitors need three to force extra time.

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "Ruben Amorim is doing the grafting work for Benfica, Maxi Pereira is the danger breaking down the right, forcing Andros Townsend to defend, and when he is going backwards it means he can't attack."

  74. 18:34: 
    SHOWBOAT- Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    Andros Townsend stands up Benfica's Uruguayan full-back Maxi Pereira and then has his shins hacked as he tries to burst past him and to the byline. Those two may come into contact again at the World Cup when England meet Uruguay.

    Spurs cannot make anything of the set-piece.

  75. 18:31: 

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood, speaking to ITV 4 before kick-off: "I knew it was going to be tough, the first month was easy when you are winning games and I knew that we would come against tougher opposition but we will be striving to do better.

    "There have been a lot of well-wishers in football and I thank them and there have been a lot that want to tread on your head and I don't thank them."

    Tim Sherwood has been taking in the first half from the stands so far. Whether it is the motivation behind his decision or not, it means he has avoided coming into close contact with Jorge Jesus.

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    James: This make-shift defence for Spurs isn't bad at all!

  77. 18:29: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    A couple of presentable chances for Tottenham, but they cannot make either stick, with Roberto Soldado snatching hurriedly at his shot as the ball breaks to him before Nacer Chadli nods wide after out-leaping his marker at the far post.

    Luisao and Ezequiel Garay are not exactly authoritative in the air. Lucky for them that Emmanuel Adebayor is not here to probe that weakness further.

    Roberto Soldado goes close
  78. 18:25:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "You look at the quality of the Benfica side - 10 points in their Champions League group where they were only just edged out.

    "I am sure they have high hopes of winning this competition but they have the burden of lots of games to play as they are going for the league."

    Benfica imploded spectacularly at the end of last season, losing their lead in the league, the Portuguese Cup final and the Europa League final to Chelsea.

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    MrOKanenas: Here goes Sherwood's last chance to make an impact this season for (& save his job)

  80. 18:24: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)
    match stats

    Halfway through the first half and the Tottenham comeback, if it is coming, has yet to gather steam.

  81. 18:22: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    Kyle Naughton stretches out a leg to keep a Benfica throughball from finding its target, but there are wobbles in the Tottenham rearguard shortly after as Sandro just about guides a cross into the Tottenham box safely to Brad Friedel.

    Nervy.

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    Clinton Eyong: What a poor finish from Soldado. That was a chance and a half for Spurs!!

  83. 18:18:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    "Spurs are playing smoothly. They are trying to pass the ball, they need to pass quickly though as Benfica are getting back quickly and getting nine men behind the ball."

  84. 18:17: 
    CLOSE!- Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    Oh Roberto! The ball sits up at the far post, eight yards out, and practically begs to be blasted at goal. It was close enough range that Jan Oblak would have been struggling. But Soldado scuffs his half-volley horribly, sending it bouncing harmlessly wide.

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    Mike: Chance for Soldado to make himself a Tottenham star tonight.

    Duncan in Tonbridge: Spurs' team selection represents their recent league form: doing all they can to get out and stay out of the Europa League.

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    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "Luisao got the yellow card, so the question now is can Spurs can one-on-one against him and see whether he will get another booking and be off."

  87. 18:14: 
    YELLOW CARD- Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    Luisao has a sly grab of Roberto Soldado's shirt to hold up the Spaniard as he threatens to get in behind him. Spotters badge for referee Damir Skomina, who issues a yellow card to the Benfica man.

  88. 18:12:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It was a deep cross from the right and Luisao with the header, almost combining with his centre-back partner."

  89. 18:10: 
    CLOSE!

    It is a test that Tottenham scrape through by the skin of their teeth. Brad Friedel punches clear the initial set-piece, but Luisao only just heads over as Ezequiel Garay flicks the ball his way as it comes back in. Sandro did just enough to put the Brazilian off.

  90. 18:09: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    First corner to test the Tottenham defence and Luisao, scorer of two goals in the first leg, is up...

  91. 18:09: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    Tottenham are popping the ball about neatly, taking the sting out of Benfica's fast start with a spell of possession. It comes to an end when Kyle Naughton sees his pass in behind the hosts' defence cut out by Miralem Sulejmani, but that was encouraging.

  92. 18:06:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "The understating between the Spurs centre-backs needs to be good. They must not believe that either one is going to win the ball, they have to cover for each other. Benfica are good at sliding the ball through into the small spaces."

  93. 18:06: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)
    Eduardo Salvio

    Eduardo Salvio skips by Danny Rose and gallops into the green acres beyond. Gylfi Sigurdsson has to get on his bike to track back and keep him out wide. The cross comes to nothing, but Spurs have to stem the flow down the left-hand side of their defence.

  94. 18:04: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    Eduardo Salvio is straight in off the right flank to test the heart of the Tottenham defence and it takes a timely tackle from Danny Rose to nick the ball off his toe.

  95.  
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    Krittster: If Tottenham's first choice CBs shipped three goals at home, what chance has this makeshift defence got against Benfica away?

    RianHoskins: The shirt numbers of Spurs' bench totals 356. They are littered with injuries. Maybe not competing in Europe is good for them.

  96. 18:03: 
    Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    Tottenham have lined up as expected with Zeki Fryers and Sandro getting to grips with unfamiliar centre-back roles.

  97. 18:01:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "You would imagine there is a goal threat there for Spurs, Roberto Soldado needs the confidence from goals, Nacer Chadli will prefer playing central and Andros Townsend has some ground to make up in terms of World Cup selection. Aaron Lennon will be his usual attacking self.

    "The goal threat is the worry - if Benfica dominate possession and get a goal then it will be game over."

  98. 18:01: 
    KICK-OFF- Benfica 0-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1)

    The hosts kick us off.

  99. 18:00: 

    Teams out into the spring evening sunshine in the Portuguese capital.

    Lovely city, lovely grub. They do a great soup with white beans, chicken and bacon.

    Right, on we go.

  100. 17:58: 
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    ClintOfficial: Spurs can turn this tie around. It all comes down to their work rate and character.

    Mrbakestone: Be funny if Spurs score twice, Sherwood could put 2 fingers up to their manager for the score!

    Mark_Lynch1: So Sherwood wants commitment, especially for the travelling fans, yet has left our 1st keeper and others in London. Brilliant.

  101.   
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

    "I do believe the Tottenham side which has been shaped through injuries have a big task. The weight of expectancy will be on senior players like Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Gylfi Sigurdsson. They have two wingers, which may be to their advantage.

    "It is a big game after a couple of defeats."

  102. 17:57: 
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    Mark_Lynch1: So how's Tim going to lose his temper and embarrass us today? it's been a whole 5 days since his last temper tantrum.

    Glenn Wheeler: Eriksen is arguably our most creative player! I have no idea why he doesn't start. The team should be built around him.

    RianHoskins: Spurs have so many injuries that they have to play a holding midfielder and left back at centre back while three wingers start.

  103. 17:57: 

    Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood: "We need to find some leaders out there tonight, I'm sure there are some in the dressing room and they can bring us through. We are playing against a Champions League side, but we have nothing to lose. There are 3,000 travelling supporters and we need to do them proud."

  104. 17:54: 
    benfica eagle

    No bloke in a hefty neoprene suit waving at homes fans and being roundly abused by the visiting supporters at Benfica.

    Instead they have a pair of eagles, Victory and Glory, as mascots who take it in turns to fly above the Estadio da Luz before kick-off.

    Thankfully he is grounded before the Spurs players emerge from the tunnel with a small cockerel emblem placed over their hearts. That could get very messy.

  105. 17:48: 
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    395mp: Rose's in our defence, Sandro's hair used to be blue, with Naughton and Fryers playing, there's no chance we're going through.

    whitwell_chris: Big game for Spurs tonight. They need to score early and stay tight at the back. Come on Spurs!!

    Callum Hodge: Tottenham's back four is the definition of a makeshift defence.

  106. 17:48: 
    Text us on 81111

    Chris: Eriksen arguably the best of the lot bought in the summer, Bentaleb's not even fit to clean his boots.

    Jenni: Tim Sherwood's comments saying that he's already focusing on next season seem a bit defeatist to me. I think he's wasting his time preparing for next season as he'll find himself without a job in the summer when Louis Van Gaal comes in to take his place after the World Cup.

    Dave from Brighton: Defoe had his chance many times this season and last and didn't do anything when we needed him most! With regards to Bentaleb, I sigh each time I see him on the team sheet now.

  107. 17:48: 
    I spy Garay
    Ezequiel Garay

    Manchester United fans will already be well-acquainted with Ezequiel Garay. The 27-year-old Argentine centre-back has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for the past few seasons, without ever putting pen to paper.

    He may well be on David Moyes's summer shopping list, but United reportedly face competition from Zenit St Petersburg, who are apparently hoping to seal a £35m double deal for him and former Bolton loanee Rodrigo.

  108. 17:42: 
    LINE-UPS

    Benfica: Oblak, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Siqueira, Salvio, Gomes, Ruben Amorim, Djuricic, Cardozo, Sulejmani. Subs: Paulo Lopes, Lima, Rodrigo, Jardel, Andre Almeida, Perez, Markovic.

    Spurs: Friedel, Naughton, Sandro, Fryers, Rose, Sigurdsson, Bentaleb, Lennon, Chadli, Townsend, Soldado. Subs: Archer, Eriksen, Kane, Veljkovic, Winks, Ogilvie, Ball.

    Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

  109. 17:38: 

    As David Pleat says, Tottenham's injury list just keeps going and going.

    Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker have not travelled due to injury, while Jan Vertonghen is suspended for the Estadio da Luz encounter.

    Erik Lamela, Etienne Capoue and Mousa Dembele are also sidelined, with Emmanuel Adebayor and Paulinho also staying at home.

    It means there is a trip to Lisbon for three 18-year-olds on the visitors' bench. Dominic Ball, Connor Ogilvie and Harry Winks are all ready to make their first-team debuts.

  110. 17:33:  
    David Pleat, Former Tottenham manager on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "A big challenge for Spurs tonight. They have several injuries so we will have to see what they can do. Benfica did look a very good team at Tottenham last week.

    "It is not an easy job for Tim Sherwood. He has an 18-month contract and he shouldn't have to answer questions on that."

  111.  
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    StAlbansSpurs: Sherwood is lost without Adebayor up front - our only tactic last week was to bang it long to him. Fear we're in for a hiding.

  112.  
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    Jay in Cardiff: Really not sure what Tim sees in Bentelab! One for the future, not for now.

    Andy working in Belfast: Spurs need to win, and win well. Tonight would have been the perfect night to unleash a player like Jermain Defoe. It makes Spurs' decision to let him leave to go to the MLS even more ridiculous.

  113. 17:31: 
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    Obviously no-one wants to see sideline shenanigans. Won't somebody think of the children for a start.

    But, strictly after the watershed, they can be quite entertaining.

    So, let's have your favourite dug-out dust-ups tonight.

    Be it Sir Alf Ramsey not letting his 1966 England side swap shirts with Argentina, Joe Jordan and Gennaro Gattuso eyeballing each other in the San Siro or something from Alan Pardew's extensive back catalogue.

    81111 on text, #bbcfootball on Twitter and the BBC Sport Facebook page are the places to get involved.

  114. 17:31: 
    The curse of Bella Guttmann
    Bella Guttmann

    Benfica's last European silverware was the same year as their previous meeting with Tottenham. Back in 1962 they beat Spurs in the European Cup semi-final before overcoming Real Madrid in Amsterdam in the final.

    Bella Guttmann, the man who oversaw that success, left soon after in a dispute over pay and swore that the club would never win continental silverware without him.

    He is yet to be proved wrong despite regular pilgrimages to lay appeasing flowers on his grave by Benfica fans.

    Tim Sherwood is lucky he didn't tangle with that voodoo merchant. It is like something out of You Only Live Twice.

  115. 17:25: 
    Europa League fixture list

    Tonight we shake down the Europa League from 16 teams to eight ahead of Friday's draw for the quarter-finals.

    This is how they roll this the evening.

    Anzhi Makhachkala v AZ Alkmaar (1-0 agg) (17:00 GMT)

    Benfica v Tottenham (3-1 agg) (18:00 GMT)

    Fiorentina v Juventus (1-1 agg) (18:00 GMT)

    Valencia v Ludogrets Razgrad (0-3 agg) (18:00 GMT)

    Viktoria Plzen v Lyon (1-4 agg) (18:00 GMT)

    Red Bull Salzburg v Basel (0-0 agg) (20:05 GMT)

    Napoli v Porto (0-1 agg) (20:05 GMT)

    Real Betis v Sevilla (2-0 agg) (20:05 GMT)

  116.  
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    Nathan_curly: Looking forward to this match, massive underdogs, hope we just go for it, Sandro and Fryers at CB will be errm exciting.

    markbyles: If this XI can avoid playing a high defensive line we may not lose 3-0. Bring in Eriksen 2nd half to score the match-winner.

  117. 17:19: 
    Tim Sherwood

    "I thought his team were very good, got a lot of class. It's a pity he doesn't," said Sherwood in the post-match pow-wows.

    All in all it was cattier than a long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

    Claws out, hackles up. It is time to do it all again.

  118. 17:16: 
    Three's a crowd scene
    Jorge Jesus gestures at Tim Sherwood

    After a running barney on the touchline with Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane in the first leg, Jesus greeted Benfica's third goal in a 3-1 win by holding up a corresponding number of fingers towards the Tottenham bench.

    He later claimed that he was merely confirming the identity of scorer Luisao.

    One problem. Luisao wears the number four, not number three.

  119. 17:13: 

    Benfica's side is also out promptly. Rodrigo, a goalscorer in the 3-1 first-leg win at White Hart Lane, is on the bench, but there is still plenty of firepower in a side that includes totemic striker Oscar Cardozo.

    Full details to follow.

    Back now to a tortured introduction...

  120. 17:09: 

    What to make of that Tottenham fans? Despite a lengthy injury list, Tim Sherwood still cannot find space in his starting XI for playmaker Christian Eriksen. The Dane is on the bench alongside young striker Harry Kane.

  121. 17:05: 
    BREAKING TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS

    Tottenham make eight changes from the team that lost the first leg, with Zeki Fryers deployed alongside Sandro in a makeshift centre-back pairing. With Emmanuel Adebayor out injured, Roberto Soldado starts alone up front.

    Tottenham starting XI: Friedel; Naughton, Fryers, Sandro, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Soldado

  122. 17:00: 

    When waging battle against continental opposition, the British have not been shy of deploying some sign language.

    The archers at Agincourt flicked two fingers at the French, Winston Churchill reversed the gesture during World War Two and the Sun flipped it back round again in 1990 to insult European Commission president Jacques Delors.

    Last week Benfica coach Jorge Jesus turned the tables....

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