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Tottenham Crashes Out of Europa League
BBC Sport, March 21st, 2014 1:17PM

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Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday, despite nearly staging an astonishing second half comeback against Benfica at the Estadio da Luz. The visiting team came into the match with a 3-1 lead after the first-leg at White Hart Lane, and despite Spurs comeback, managed to finish with a 2-2 draw on the night and a 5-3 aggregate victory. Spurs, leading 2-1 in stoppage time thanks to Nacer Chadli’s second half double, applied constant pressure looking for the series-tying goal, but a quick Benfica counter and a mis-timed Sandro barge in the box on Benfica substitute Lima resulted in the penalty that sent the Portuguese giant through to the quarterfinals.

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