Benfica Cruise Into Europa League Last Four
Benfica booked their spot in the final four of the UEFA Europa League after beating AZ Alkmaar 2-0 in their quarter-final second leg clash.
Óscar Cardozo almost opened the scoring for Benfica in the eighth minute but the striker's curling effort from range drew a fine save from Esteban Alvarado.
Cardozo had another opportunity to open the scoring in the 32nd minute but the striker failed to beat Alvardo from six-yards out.
Seven minutes later and the home side went ahead as Rodrigo tapped home from six-yards out after being teed up by Eduardo Salvio.
Salvio almost doubled the lead just before halftime break but the midfielder's strike from inside the area drew a fine stop from Alvardo.
Mattias Johansson had the visitors first effort at goal in the 65th minute, as the Alkmaar Midfielder's strike from distance forced Artur Guilherme De Morães Gusmão into a fine save.
Seven minutes later and Rodrigo got his and Benfica's second of the night with a comfortable finish from close range after getting on the end of Salvio's cross.
Eduardo Salvio was nearly rewarded for his hard work as the midfielder's strike from range forced Alvardo into a good save.
The visitors failed to trouble Benfica in the closing stages, as the Portuguese outfit advanced to the final four 3-0 on aggregate.