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Apr 10, 2014 at 8.05pm UK at Estádio da Luz
Benfica
2-0
AZAZ Alkmaar
Rodrigo (39', 71')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Rodrigo fires Benfica to Europa League semi-finals

Rodrigo Machado scores twice as Benfica ease past AZ Alkmaar 2-0 to reach the Europa League semi-final.

Benfica are through to the Europa League semi-finals after easing past AZ Alkmaar 2-0 at home this evening to take a 3-0 aggregate scoreline over the two legs.

Rodrigo Machado scored both goals as Jorge Jesus's team cruised into the final four at the expense of the Dutch side.

Benfica's Spanish forward Rodrigo Machado celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal second leg football match SL Benfica vs AZ Alkmaar at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on April 10, 2014© Getty Images

In a fairly quiet opening half, the Portuguese side had the lion's share of possession but rarely threatened until the opening goal six minutes before the break.

The goal owed much to Toto Salvio as he skipped past a number of challenges before sliding the ball across goal for the forward to net his 14th strike of the campaign.

Roy Beerens had a decent opening for the visitors after the break but he could only snatch at his shot on the edge of the box on the hour mark.

With 20 minutes remaining, Benfica sealed the result via the same method as their first goal.

Salvio again was the architect and Rodrigo was on hand to convert his teammate's cross to put the tie beyond AZ.

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