Europa League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Benfica

Tottenham will need to overturn a two-goal deficit if they are to reach the Europa League quarter-finals after losing to Benfica in the first leg of their last-16 tie at White Hart Lane.

Former Bolton forward Rodrigo scored the opener for the Portuguese side with a neat finish low past Hugo Lloris.

Emmanuel Adebayor dragged an effort wide in the second half.

But Luisao struck twice for Benfica, either side of a superb Christian Eriksen free-kick.

Benfica, who lost 2-1 to Chelsea in last season's final, will now be favourites to progress as they head into the second leg in Lisbon next Thursday with three away goals to their name.

The Portuguese league leaders went into the tie in superb form, unbeaten in all competitions since November after a run of 21 wins in 23 games, and showcased an expert European away performance.

Spurs manager Tim Sherwood had warned that a lot of his players were playing for their futures, having been thrashed 4-0 by Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, and they responded with hard work and endeavour.

However, they were undone by the visiting side's organised approach, and by two goals from set-pieces.

The north London side had started the match on the front foot, applying early pressure on the opposition backline that had conceded just one goal in 16 previous matches. Sandro struck an effort over the bar from outside the box as they threatened their visitors.

But it was Benfica who broke the deadlock with their first meaningful attack of the match. Ruben Amorim slid a ball through to Rodrigo, who kept his composure to tuck in a low side-footed finish.

Tottenham, who were unbeaten in their last 11 European games at home, came out in the second half and almost restored parity as Dane Eriksen's neat through ball found Adebayor, but the former Arsenal man was unable to find the target.

The away side grabbed their second when young striker Harry Kane was caught in possession before Lloris spared further punishment by tipping Amorim's shot over the bar.

From the resulting corner, though, Luisao found himself free in the six-yard box and powered home a header.

Eriksen curled in a wonderful free-kick from the edge of the area to reduce the arrears.

However, Luisao smashed home his second late on following a free-kick to leave Jorge Jesus' men in-charge of the tie.

The Benfica boss waved three fingers in celebration to the Tottenham bench after the last goal, with the two managers failing to shake hands at the final whistle.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forRoseat 76'minutes
  • 16Naughton
  • 30SandroBooked at 9minsSubstituted forBentalebat 82'minutes
  • 4Kaboul
  • 5VertonghenBooked at 81mins
  • 7Lennon
  • 8Paulinho
  • 10Adebayor
  • 37KaneSubstituted forSoldadoat 75'minutes
  • 23Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 9Soldado
  • 17Townsend
  • 21Chadli
  • 24Friedel
  • 35Fryers
  • 42Bentaleb

Benfica

  • 41Oblak
  • 28SilvioBooked at 62mins
  • 16Siqueira
  • 5Fejsa
  • 4Luisão
  • 24Garay
  • 6AmorimBooked at 81mins
  • 8SulejmaniSubstituted forPérezat 66'minutes
  • 7CardozoSubstituted forGaitánat 65'minutes
  • 50Markovic
  • 19RodrigoSubstituted forLimaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Artur Moraes
  • 10Djuricic
  • 11Lima
  • 20Gaitán
  • 33Jardel
  • 34Almeida
  • 35Pérez
Referee:
Jonas Eriksson

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamBenfica
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Benfica 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Benfica 3.
Attempt saved. Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicolas Gaitán with a through ball.
Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lima (Benfica).
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Silvio (Benfica).

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Lima replaces Rodrigo.
Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).
Enzo Pérez (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).
Nicolas Gaitán (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Benfica 3. Luisão (Benfica) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.
Attempt saved. Ezequiel Garay (Benfica) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nicolas Gaitán with a cross.
Foul by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).
Nicolas Gaitán (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb replaces Sandro.

Booking

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).
Nicolas Gaitán (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Rubén Amorim (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rubén Amorim (Benfica).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
Foul by Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur).
Nicolas Gaitán (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose replaces Kyle Walker.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Younes Kaboul tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Harry Kane.
Attempt missed. Ezequiel Garay (Benfica) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rubén Amorim with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.
Attempt blocked. Rubén Amorim (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo with a headed pass.
Attempt saved. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Luisão (Benfica).
Foul by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur).
Enzo Pérez (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Enzo Pérez replaces Miralem Sulejmani.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Nicolas Gaitán replaces Óscar Cardozo.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Benfica 2. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Booking

Silvio (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Silvio (Benfica).
Offside, Benfica. Ezequiel Garay tries a through ball, but Lazar Markovic is caught offside.
Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lubomir Fejsa (Benfica).

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Benfica 2. Luisão (Benfica) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rubén Amorim with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.
Attempt saved. Rubén Amorim (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodrigo.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Hand ball by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).
Attempt missed. Rodrigo (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica).
Hand ball by Miralem Sulejmani (Benfica).

Second Half

Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 0, Benfica 1.
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