Garay hails Benfica's Europa League preparation

The center back was pleased with how his teammates handled the late surge from Tottenham in the clubs' Europa League clash Thursday.
Ezequiel Garay has hailed the way Benfica survived a late scare to beat Tottenham 5-3 on aggregate in the Europa League on Thursday.

Spurs fought back from a goal down at Estadio da Luz before the hosts' penalty in stoppage time secured a 2-2 draw for Jorge Jesus' men and kept their 16-month unbeaten record at home intact.

The second leg followed a surprise 3-1 win at White Hart Lane last week and the Argentine center back said that last year's Europa League runner-up did not doubt itself at any point.

"It was a very physical game, but fortunately we were able to secure a passage into the next stage of the Europa League," Garay told reporters. "We knew what awaited us was a hard game but we showed that we were prepared for any eventuality."