Tottenham exited the Europa League despite staging a second-half fightback against Benfica that put them close to taking the tie to extra time.

Ezequiel Garay headed in to put the hosts 4-1 up on aggregate.

But with the tie seemingly over, Nacer Chadli scored twice in a minute.

Spurs almost grabbed another as Gylfi Sigurdsson's injury-time header was saved, but Benfica made it 2-2 on the night and 5-3 overall when Lima scored from the penalty spot.

Brilliant Benfica

Tottenham were within seconds of becoming the first side to beat Benfica since Olympiakos's Champions League victory on 5 November 2013

Having been outclassed in the first leg of the last-16 tie and looking weary in Lisbon, Tottenham's late surge almost inflicted Benfica's first defeat in 23 games in all competitions.

But Sandro's barge on Lima gifted the hosts a chance to level the scores and the Brazilian substitute sent Brad Friedel the wrong way with the last kick of the game.

Despite the aggregate defeat, Tottenham at least showed the character that boss Tim Sherwood desired prior to kick-off.

With late chances for Sigurdsson and substitute Harry Kane, who also had a penalty appeal turned down, Spurs could have taken victory but they will look back on their 3-1 first-leg defeat as the reason for their exit.

The fact they salvaged a draw with an injury-hit squad against last season's runners-up will be pleasing for Sherwood, who saw his team end a run of three successive defeats.

Benfica survive a late Harry Kane penalty appeal which would have taken the tie to extra-time

Benfica survive a late Harry Kane penalty appeal which would have taken the tie to extra time

Spurs are fifth in the Premier League, on course to qualify for next season's Europa League, but it remains to be seen if Sherwood will be at White Hart Lane after the club was strongly linked with Louis van Gaal.

Sherwood has publicly criticised his players in recent weeks and he called for leadership from his side, who were without a recognised centre-back - midfielder Sandro and full-back Ezekiel Fryers deputising in the heart of the defence.

But they began slowly and, after Roberto Soldado scuffed a shot at the back post and then fired over from close range, Garay's first-half goal put a technically superior Benfica in control.

Sherwood decided to watch from the stands after his fall-out with Benfica manager Jorge Jesus in the first leg. He was still infuriated after his side wasted a good free-kick opportunity a minute before the opener, with captain Aaron Lennon making a feeble challenge on Eduardo Salvio, who chipped a cross to team-mate Garay.

In the first half, there were signs of promise from a young Spurs side on the counter attack and Andros Townsend shot wide in one decent opportunity after the break.

Then, with 12 minutes left, Chadli cut in from the right before firing a shot past Benfica keeper Jan Oblak.

A minute later, the Belgian winger pounced on Kane's header from Lennon's cross to put Spurs within reach of extra time.

Three excellent chances followed but Oblak made two good stops before Lima equalised for the relieved hosts.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Benfica

  • 41 Oblak
  • 14 Maxi Pereira
  • 16 Siqueira
  • 06 Amorim
  • 04 Luisão Booked
  • 24 Garay
  • 18 Salvio
  • 30 André Gomes
  • 07 Cardozo (Lima - 76' )
  • 10 Djuricic (Pérez - 71' Booked )
  • 08 Sulejmani (Markovic - 93' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Lima
  • 13 Lopes
  • 19 Rodrigo
  • 33 Jardel
  • 34 Almeida
  • 35 Pérez
  • 50 Markovic

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 24 Friedel
  • 16 Naughton Booked
  • 03 Rose
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 30 Sandro
  • 35 Fryers
  • 07 Lennon
  • 42 Bentaleb
  • 09 Soldado (Kane - 71' )
  • 21 Chadli
  • 17 Townsend (Eriksen - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Eriksen
  • 37 Kane
  • 51 Veljkovic
  • 56 Archer
  • 62 Winks
  • 63 Ogilvie
  • 64 Ball
Ref: Damir Skomina

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

3 5

Corners

6 5

Fouls

12 3

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Benfica 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +4:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Benfica 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

90:00 +4:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Benfica 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Lima (Benfica) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

90:00 +3:19

Penalty Benfica. Lima draws a foul in the penalty area.

90:00 +3:19

Penalty conceded by Sandro (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

90:00 +2:37

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacer Chadli with a cross.

90:00 +2:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Benfica. Lazar Markovic replaces Miralem Sulejmani.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

89:29 Booking

Booking Enzo Pérez (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:26

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Benfica).

89:26

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:31

Attempt saved. Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Miralem Sulejmani with a cross.

78:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Benfica 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane with a headed pass.

78:05

Offside, Benfica. Ezequiel Garay tries a through ball, but Eduardo Salvio is caught offside.

77:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Benfica 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Kane with a headed pass.

76:15

Hand ball by Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

75:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen replaces Andros Townsend.

75:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Benfica. Lima replaces Óscar Cardozo.

74:33

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Nabil Bentaleb tries a through ball, but Andros Townsend is caught offside.

74:10

Foul by André Gomes (Benfica).

74:10

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:08

Attempt saved. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

71:54

Attempt missed. Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane replaces Roberto Soldado.

70:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Benfica. Enzo Pérez replaces Filip Djuricic.

65:36

Foul by Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

65:36

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:58

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Danny Rose is caught offside.

63:04

Attempt blocked. Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Gomes.

59:49

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Sandro.

58:24

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Maxi Pereira.

58:20

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nabil Bentaleb.

57:10

Attempt missed. Luisão (Benfica) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miralem Sulejmani with a cross following a corner.

56:41

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Aaron Lennon.

56:39

Attempt blocked. Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Gomes.

54:09

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Ezekiel Fryers tries a through ball, but Roberto Soldado is caught offside.

52:48

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Maxi Pereira.

51:28

Maxi Pereira (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:28

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

49:42

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Ezekiel Fryers.

46:51

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Benfica).

46:51

Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Benfica 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +0:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Benfica 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

38:20

Foul by Miralem Sulejmani (Benfica).

38:20

Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:18

Rubén Amorim (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:18

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

33:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Benfica 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Ezequiel Garay (Benfica) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eduardo Salvio with a cross following a corner.

32:35

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Nabil Bentaleb.

32:18

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

31:21

Foul by Maxi Pereira (Benfica).

31:21

Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:30

Foul by Filip Djuricic (Benfica).

29:30

Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:55

Offside, Benfica. Jan Oblak tries a through ball, but Óscar Cardozo is caught offside.

25:55

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.

25:32

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

25:28

Attempt blocked. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend with a headed pass.

21:06

Foul by Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

21:06

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:42

Delay in match Rubén Amorim (Benfica) because of an injury.

15:55

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Danny Rose.

13:58

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ezekiel Fryers with a headed pass following a corner.

13:33

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Guillherme Siqueira.

10:45

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Óscar Cardozo.

10:42

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:49 Booking

Booking Luisão (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

9:33

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:33

Foul by Luisão (Benfica).

8:52

Attempt missed. Luisão (Benfica) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Ezequiel Garay with a headed pass following a corner.

8:07

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Andros Townsend.

5:10

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:10

Foul by Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).

4:12

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:12

Foul by Rubén Amorim (Benfica).

0:25

Offside, Benfica. Óscar Cardozo tries a through ball, but Eduardo Salvio is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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