Benfica blitz buries Hertha Berlin

BY foxsports • February 23, 2010

Benfica flexed their muscles and enhanced their claim for the UEFA Europa League title with a stunning rout of hapless Hertha Berlin at the Stadium of Light.

Pablo Aimar set the hosts on their way with a 25th-minute strike and Oscar Cardozo doubled the advantage three minutes into the second half.

Javi Garcia netted a third after 59 minutes and Cardozo added a fourth three minutes later as Benfica made it five from five at home in Europe this season, amassing 17 goals in the process and conceding just one.

The emphatic result sealed a 5-1 aggregate triumph for the Portuguese Liga Sagres leaders and a place in the Europa League last 16 against FC Copenhagen or Marseille.

Benfica had lost only once on home soil to German teams in European competition prior to the contest, with Bayern Munich's 1995 UEFA Cup victory the only defeat in 14 fixtures.

And Hertha, languishing at the foot of the Bundesliga, were unlikely to trouble the Eagles.