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

Result: Tottenham Hotspur out of Europa League following draw with Benfica

Benfica hold Tottenham Hotspur to a 2-2 draw to secure a 5-3 aggregate victory in their Europa League last-16 tie.

Tottenham Hotspur have been knocked out of the Europa League following a 2-2 draw with Benfica in the second leg of their last-16 tie.

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© Getty Images

Benfica, who started the game with an aggregate lead of 3-1 thanks to a confident display at White Hart Lane a week ago, started brightly and weren't far away from an early goal when Luisao headed over the crossbar.

Tottenham midfielder Aaron Lennon and teammates celebrate their 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© Getty Images

Spurs created a great opportunity to pull a goal back midway through the first half when a cross landed at the feet of Roberto Soldado, but the Spaniard could only miscue his effort over the crossbar.

The visitors had looked relaxed in possession for the majority of the first half until a 34th-minute goal handed an even bigger advantage to Benfica.

Eduardo Salvio found it easy to skip past a couple of challenges on the right before chipping a cross into the box to find Ezequiel Garay, who powered a header past a helpless Brad Friedel to make it 4-1 on aggregate.

Benfica continued to ask questions in the early stages of the second half, with Salvio causing regular problems with his direct running at the visiting defence.

Andros Townsend threatened to open Tottenham's account just before the hour mark when he cut in from the left to find some space, but his deflected effort failed to test Jan Oblak.

As time started to run out for Tim Sherwood's side, they managed to set up a dramatic finish to the tie with two goals in as many minutes.

Nacer Chadli pulled one back by using the space offered to him on the edge box to drill a powerful effort into the bottom corner.

Needing two more goals to force extra time, Spurs made it 2-1 on the night moments later as Harry Kane's header found Chadli, who turned to fire home from close range.

Tottenham dominated the closing stages of the tie and saw a penalty appeal rejected when Kane went down under a challenge in the box.

Spurs created one more clear chance in stoppage time when a cross reached Gylfi Sigurdsson, but the midfielder's effort was pushed past the post by Oblak.

Benfica had the last word of the evening when the referee pointed to the spot after Sandro had fouled Lima inside the box, and the latter stepped up from 12 yards to secure a 5-3 aggregate success.

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood on the touchline during the Premier League match against Stoke on December 29, 2013
Read Next:
Live Commentary: Benfica 2-2 (5-3) Tottenham - as it happened
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole