Tottenham’s task of reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League are looking even slimmer after Benfica went in 1-0 at half-time. Ezequiel Garay became Benfica’s third centre-back to register for the Portuguese side in the tie as he pounced to nod home an inviting cross on the 33rd minute after Aaron Lennon made a weak challenge on Eduardo Salvio. The goal came as huge blow after Spurs had imposed themselves on Benfica and looked threatening going forward. But Spurs were the masters of their own downfall after wasting a free-kick in a dangerous position that saw Benfica spring a counter-attack that resulted in the passage of play from which Garay scored. Roberto Soldado came closest for Tottenham with two half chances that he failed to take advantage of but Spurs looked shell-shocked after going a goal down on the night. They now trail 4-1 to Benfica on aggregate and will need to join Barcelona and Chelsea as the only sides to have beaten them in their own backyard if they are to stage a comeback.