Jesus: Silvio broken leg against AZ a bitter blow for Benfica

Rodrigo struck twice as the Eagles eased past their Dutch opponents at the Estadio da Luz but the win was marred by a terrible injury for the defender
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus conceded that their Europa League win over AZ had been overshadowed by the serious injury to Silvio.

The Lisbon club cruised into the semi-finals of Europe's second-tier club competition as a Rodrigo double ensured a 2-0 success - and 3-0 triumph on aggregate - for last season's beaten finalists.

Full-back Silvio was taken off on a stretcher in the second minute, though, after he collided with team-mate Luisao as both players attempted to tackle AZ's Roy Beerens.

Jesus confirmed that Silvio has sustained a broken leg and will require an operation and said that despite a fine performance from his side, the mood in the Benfica camp was not one of celebration.

The coach said: "Silvio has fractured his tibia and it will require an operation. I'm sure he will come back. He is a player with a very large passion for Benfica.

"In the locker room we are not happy. We feel bitterness at the injury of Silvio."

Benfica will find out who their semi-final opponents are - which will be one of Juventus, Valencia or Sevilla - on Friday and Jesus was impressed to see his side still in the mix for continental silverware.

"There are not many teams that reach the semi-finals or quarter-finals in Europe - it is good for Benfica," he added.

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