Lichtsteiner: Juventus conceded silly goals

The Switzerland international has acknowledged his side defended poorly in the 2-1 Europa League defeat to the Portuguese champions on Thursday

Stephan Lichtsteiner has voiced his frustration with Juventus' defensive performance in their 2-1 Europa League defeat against Benfica on Thursday.

The Serie A champions conceded two goals in a match for only the second time in 18 fixtures as the Portuguese giants recorded a vital win in the first leg of their semi-final tie courtesy of Ezequiel Garay and Lima.

Lichtsteiner feels Juventus should have done more to prevent the "silly" Benfica goals, which came either side of a Carlos Tevez strike.

"When you lose, it's never a good result," the Swiss defender told Sky Sport Italia.

"The important thing was to score here and we had the chance to net a second or third. We didn't manage it, but those chances leave us confident for the second half.

"Unfortunately we conceded a silly goal after two minutes which was avoidable. On the second goal we were all lined up in defence, but weren’t focused enough and at this level that gets punished.

"But we feel confident that we'll be able to play the final at our home."

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