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Benfica ease past Hertha Berlin in Europa League

Portuguese giants Benfica eased into the next stage of the Europa League with a 4-0 (5-1 on aggregate) home win over Germany's Hertha Berlin.

After the first leg ended 1-1, the ascendency was with Benfica as they took an away goal into the home fixture and things looked even better for them when Pablo Aimar netted in the 25th minute.

Things went from bad to worse for Hertha three minutes after half-time when Oscar Cardozo met an Angel Di Maria cross and headed home before Javi Garcia made it 3-0 11 minutes later when he powered home from close range.

Cardozo got his second and rounded out the win just after the hour-mark, again finishing a Di Maria cross.

The win was Benfica's fifth in Europe in five matches at home this season, netting 17 goals and conceding just one along the way.

Andrew Slevison
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