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Benfica goalkeeper: ‘We can reach the semi-finals’

Benfica goalkeeper Artur has expressed his delight with his team’s victory over Zenit St Petersburg in their Champions League tie.

The Portuguese side suffered a 3-2 loss in the first leg of their round of 16 clash with the Russian outfit, but turned the game around by beating them 2-0 at home to book their ticket for the quarter-finals.

The 31-year-old has now said that he is hopeful of progressing even further ahead in the tournament.

“We showed everyone that we deserved this qualification and we proved we have an excellent team,” Artur was quoted as saying on the official Uefa website.

“We have talent in our side and we’ve reached this stage of the competition because of our quality.

“If we’re lucky with the draw and we manage to play good football like we have, we can get past our next obstacle.”

Benfica have not reached the last four of the Champions League competition since making it to the final in the 1989-90 season.

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