Mar 20, 2014 at 6pm UK at ​Estádio da Luz
Benfica
2-2
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Garay (34'), Lima (90')
Luisao (10'), Perez (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Chadli (78', 79')
Naughton (92')

Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay: 'We were prepared for Tottenham Hotspur'

Benfica's Ezequiel Garay in action against Napoli on August 9, 2013
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Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay says that his side was well prepared for the threat posed by Tottenham Hotspur.

Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has declared that preparation was the key to his side's victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League.

The Portuguese side battled to a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the last-16 tie to progress 5-3 on aggregate, but Garay was quick to admit that it was a hard-fought win.

"It was a very physical game but fortunately we were able to secure a passage into the next stage of the Europa League," he told reporters.

"We knew what awaited us was a hard game but we showed that we were prepared for any eventuality."

The draw for the quarter-finals of the competition takes place on Friday.

Benfica's Brazilian forward Rodrigo Lima 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
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