Enzo Perez: We "knocked out a great team"

Benfica's Enzo Perez in action on January 6, 2013
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Enzo Perez believes that Benfica did very well to knock out Newcastle United.

Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez has admitted that knocking out Newcastle United in the Europa League quarter-finals was a big result for the Portuguese side.

Perez was quick to praise the battling spirit shown by his teammates to grab the late goal that ensured their progress to the semi-finals.

"We played a great game," UEFA.com quotes Perez as saying. "We knew Newcastle had great players, and we've knocked out a great team.

"In the second half it was obvious that Newcastle were going to push forward a little more, and we were pleased to have the extra breathing space that the two-goal lead gave us. Fortunately we managed a positive result.

"I think we showed efficiency and great character, and a great attitude. Sometimes you have to play, sometimes you have to battle."

Chelsea, Basel and Fenerbahce are the other teams in the semi-finals.

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse grabs the ball after scoring against Benfica on April 11, 2013
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