Benfica have quality to eliminate Juventus, insists Lima

The attacker is full of respect for the Serie A leaders but is confident his side can triumph over two legs following their 2-1 victory in Lisbon on Thursday

Benfica forward Lima is confident that the Portuguese champions have the quality to eliminate Juventus in the Europa League semi-finals after their 2-1 home win in the first leg on Thursday.

Jorge Jesus' men went 1-0 up early on when Ezequiel Garay headed home a corner kick, only for Carlos Tevez to restore parity in the second half, before Lima eventually helped the hosts to victory with a thumping late strike.

And the 30-year-old is confident the newly-crowned Portuguese champions can seal the deal in Turin next week having proven their calibre against Antonio Conte's men.

"We will go to Turin as a united team to try to go through with humility. We have the quality and the ability to achieve that," Lima told

"We were not expecting to concede a goal but it happened. We must acknowledge that this was no ordinary opponent. It was Juventus.

"But the important thing is that we won and we have an advantage. Once again we won at home and showed the strength of our squad. Now we will go to Italy with a positive spirit."

The return at Juventus Stadium takes place on May 1.

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