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UEFA Europa League

  • May 1, 2014
  • • 20:05
  • • Juventus Stadium, Torino
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 40775

Benfica win Aggregate 2 - 1

Live Commentary

  • Conte is patting his players on the back but in truth they didn't quite do enough on the night despite Benfica finishing with nine men on the field. The Portuguese side will now look to go one better than last year and finish the final victorious when they return to Turin. For now, I've been Tom Maston, and thanks for joining me.
  • The full-time whistle blows and the noise from the away fans is deafening! Jesus sprints onto the field and Benfica have ruined Juventus' dream of playing a European final on home soil. Lima's goal in the first leg proved to be the winner, though the defensive effort tonight was superb.
  • 90' + 7'
    WHAT A SAVE! Oblak has been outstanding tonight and he has just got Benfica to the final. Caceres' downward header is powerful but the goalkeeper gets down to push it away from danger. Not long now...
  • 90' + 6'
    Yellow Card Toto Salvio
    Juventus have a free-kick 25 yards from goal as Salvio handballs an Asamoah shot and is booked. He will now miss the final if Benfica survive this.
  • 90' + 6'
    Pirlo's shot hits the wall and the hosts have a corner on the right. Tevez to take...
  • 90' + 5'
    Into the final minute of stoppage time, and Conte has thrown everyone forward...
  • 90' + 4'
    Tevez takes aim from the edge of the area but Oblak is right behind it and holds on. He has shown excellent hands this evening against a barrage of shots.
  • 90' + 3'
    Finally we have an indication of the added time, with six minutes shown on the fourth official's board. Juventus have three minutes to break down the nine men of Benfica.
  • 90' + 2'
    Garay has remained down and will now be stretchered from the field. What a blow that could be for the Portuguese side.
  • 90' + 1'
    We are into added time but as yet we have had no indication as to how much. For now Garay is down with a cut to the head and he may not be able to continue, meaning the visitors would be down to nine men for the final few moments.
  • 89'
    Red Card Lazar Marković
    Markovic has also been sent off, and both those players would miss the final should their sides get there. We are now back underway but there will be plenty of stoppage time.
  • 89'
    Red Card Mirko Vučinić
  • 88'
    While Sulejmani receives some treatment on the sidelines, there is suddenly a coming together on the touchline as representatives from both dugouts are involved in an altercation. In the end Juventus substitute Vucinic is given a red card for his part.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionLazar Marković Miralem Sulejmani
    Benfica have made their final change with the tireless Markovic replaced by Sulejmani for the final few minutes.
  • 84'
    Appeals for a penalty from Markovic as he sprints into the Juventus box before an altercation with Chiellini, but Clattenburg waves away the protests from the visitors.
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Jan Oblak
    Oblak picked up a booking in the aftermath of that disallowed goal for time-wasting from the restart.
  • 81'
    GOAL! NO, OFFSIDE! Juventus think they have finally broken the deadlock as Marchisio's cross is kept alive by Pogba before Osvaldo volleys home. His celebrations are short-lived, though, as the linesman's flag is up against Pogba from the original cross.
  • 80'
    WHAT A CHANCE! Big opportunity for the home side a ball is curled towards the back post where Lichtsteiner is all alone, but the wing-back misses his control and Benfica can breathe again with a goal kick. Ten minutes to go for the ten men to hold on.
  • 79'
    SubstitutionArturo Vidal Claudio Marchisio
  • 78'
    SubstitutionFernando Llorente D. Osvaldo
    Giovinco lines up his first effort of the match as he cuts inside from the left, but his shot is always too high. Meanwhile the hosts make their final two changes as Llorente and Vidal are replaced by Osvaldo and Marchisio.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionN. Gaitán Toto Salvio
    A second change from Jesus as Salvio, who has recovered from a fractured arm, replaces Gaitan in midfield.
  • 75'
    A Juventus attack is ended by Siqueira and all of a sudden the left-back is breaking forward, but his shot from 40 yards isn't good enough to beat Buffon as he catches with ease.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionLeonardo Bonucci Sebastian Giovinco
    A first sign of attacking intent from Conte on the bench as striker Giovinco replaces defender Bonucci. Can he make the telling impact his manager requires?
  • 72'
    Benfica threaten despite their numerical disadvantage as Lima and Gaitain come forward, but the latter's cross evades the former and Juventus clear.
  • 70'
    Tevez has come to life in the last five minutes, and he almost produces a fine individual strike as he jinks past two defenders before curling a shot goalwards. Unfortunately for him Oblak is right behind it and holds on comfortably.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionRodrigo André Almeida
    Benfica are going to have to make a change after Perez's red card, with Almeida replacing Rodrigo as Jesus looks to sure up his midfield for the final 20 minutes.
  • 67'
    Yellow/Red Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    RED CARD! Tensions have been rising, and now Benfica are down to ten men as Perez is given his marching orders. Much like his first booking this is a silly challenge from behind, and Clattenburg has no choice but to send him off.
  • 66'
    In the crowd, Argentina legend Diego Maradona doesn't look too excited, but we could be in for a thrilling last quarter to this one. Sooner or later Juventus are going to have throw more men forward.
  • 64'
    Yellow Card Kwadwo Asamoah
    Clattenburg starting to flash the cards now as Asamoah catches Perez late on the ankle. In fairness that has been coming with the wing-back committing a number of fouls in the first half.
  • 62'
    GOOD SAVE! The resulting free-kick is 30 yards from goal, but that doesn't deter Pirlo as he hits a swerving effort that is bound for the top corner. In the end Oblak gets across his goal away to parry the ball away from danger.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Enzo Nicolás Pérez
    Perez picks up a yellow card as he loses the ball to Tevez before bundling the striker over from behind in his eagerness to win it back.
  • 59'
    The cross is a good one but Llorente does well to keep the ball away from the onrushing Luisao. Half an hour to go and Benfica still hold the advantage.
  • 58'
    Chance here for the visitors as Asamoah catches Markovic on the right-hand side. Benfica will look to get this into the box...
  • 56'
    Yellow Card Rodrigo
    GOOD GOALKEEPING! Benfica set off on a blistering attack after Chiellini is caught out of position, with the ball finally finding its way to Rodrigo, but Buffon is off his line to neutralise the danger. The striker then picks up a booking for leaving his foot in on the Juventus captain.
  • 54'
    Jesus isn't happy on the touchline as Juventus win a corner despite Markovic seemingly being pushed by Asamoah. Fortunately for the visitors the resulting set-piece comes to nothing.
  • 52'
    Certainly a much more even affair since the break with both sides knowing the importance of the opening goal. In a tight match such as this, and with the precarious aggregate scoreline, only the single goal may be required to seal a passage to the final.
  • 50'
    Benfica have at least looked to get forward if they can after being forced into defensive mode in the first half, and they almost find the net as a long throw from Siqueira eventually falls to Rodrigo, but he can only scoop his shot over the bar from ten yards. A wasted opportunity.
  • 48'
    Juventus are starting the second half as they finished the first as Asamoah and Pogba combine to create a shooting opportunity for Tevez, but the Argentina international's effort is blocked on the edge of the area.
  • 46'
    No substitutions at the break and we are back underway...
  • The two teams are in the tunnel, with Jesus geeing up his Benfica players for one final effort in the second half. The rain is falling as the players make their way back out onto the field of play.
  • Despite an attack-minded side, the visitors haven't quite got it going in terms of coming forward, and Cardozo may be required to try and hold the ball up in the second half. I'll be back in ten minutes to see if either side can find the net.
  • And that is the last action of the opening period as the two sides head to the dressing rooms with no goals as yet. Benfica are currently 45 minutes away from the Europa League final, but Juventus have looked the most likely to break the deadlock tonight.
  • 45' + 1'
    OFF THE LINE! How have Juventus not scored in this first half! Asamoah drills over a cross from the left that Vidal yet again meets at the back post, and with his header bouncing over Oblak, Luisao gets back to nod it over his own crossbar. Excellent defending.
  • 45'
    As we head into two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half, Gaitan looks to hold the ball up in the corner, but he eventually loses out to Caceres.
  • 43'
    SO CLOSE! It's been all Juventus in the last 20 minutes, and they almost break the deadlock on the night as Bonucci gets his head on a Pirlo free-kick from the right, and Tevez is a whisker away from turning it in at the back post.
  • 42'
    Pirlo is the latest to have a go on goal as he finds room 30 yards out but his shot is always heading wide despite Oblak diving across to make sure he has it covered.
  • 40'
    Benfica look to launch a counter-attack as Caceres loses the ball to Gaitan, but Rodrigo is beaten to the midfielder's ball forward by the covering Chiellini.
  • 38'
    Temperatures are rising in Turin, with Lichtsteiner getting far too involved with both the Benfica players and referee Clattenburg. The English official needs to get a handle on this one to stop it from boiling over.
  • 36'
    JUST WIDE! Better this time from Pogba as Vidal beats Siqueira in the air at the back post and sends a looping header just wide of Oblak's right-hand post. The Chilean then signals for the home crowd to lift the volume as we begin to approach half-time.
  • 35'
    There is little bit of frustration growing around the stadium as a Pogba cross meant for Llorente floats straight out for a goal kick. It could be a nervous evening for the home supporters if it stays this way.
  • 33'
    Despite Juventus' dominance, they are being held off effectively by Luisao and Garay at present. The midfielders are working hard in front of them and trying to limit the impact of Pirlo and Vidal.
  • 31'
    Benfica are struggling to get out of their own half at present as the home side continue to press Oblak's goal. The Slovenian's appearances have proved a good omen for the Portuguese side, with his team having never lost in 22 outings - with 18 clean sheets to boot.
  • 29'
    Oblak is starting to be worked much more in these last ten minutes, with Lichtsteiner the latest to hit one from long range. His low effort is on target but straight at the goalkeeper who holds on with ease.
  • 28'
    Pogba has shown some lovely touches so far, but this time he isn't quite at his best as he pulls a shot from 25 yards well wide of the post. Not the best effort from distance we've seen from the France youngster this campaign.
  • 26'
    Some concern here for the visitors as Gaitan stays down after Lichtsteiner catches him in the face with an arm. Eventually after the some treatment the midfielder is back on his feet and ready to continue.
  • 24'
    Again Juventus go close as a long throw from Lichtsteiner is flicked on by Llorente in space, and Tevez attempts a spectacular volley that is just too high to trouble Oblak. A good period of pressure this for the hosts.
  • 22'
    Benfica bring it forward through midfield before feeding the advancing Pereira on the right, and the full-back has room to try his luck from 30 yards. Unfortunately for the visitors he slices his effort and it flies over the top.
  • 20'
    JUST OVER! You cannot allow Pirlo room, and Benfica do not realise that as Pereira stands off the midfield maestro to allow him to cross from the left, and Vidal volleys just over the top at the back post. A clever effort from the Chilean.
  • 19'
    Asamoah finally gets some room to gallop into after a little flick from Pogba on the left, but Markovic has tracked back and manages to get his foot in just as the cross was about to be delivered.
  • 17'
    A series of balls into the box from the hosts, including a cross from the left from Pirlo that Vidal almost gets on the end of, comes to a close as Oblak manages to collect one above his head. Llorente was unsurprisingly the target.
  • 15'
    Benfica will certainly be happy with these opening 15 minutes, with Pirlo's long-range drive the only effort on Oblak's goal. Though they would love a goal, a clean sheet will be their main objective this evening as that would send them through.
  • 13'
    Little rhythm to this game as yet, with both sides looking to set the tone without really maintaining any kind of pressure. Referee Clattenburg has certainly been kept busy by a number of little fouls in midfield which have also disrupted things.
  • 11'
    Markovic gets an opportunity to run at Asamoah on the right-hand side, but Chiellini gets across to clear the danger with the Juventus wing-back left for dead.
  • 9'
    From the resulting corner the ball is worked to Vidal on the edge of the area, but the midfielder's effort is far too high and flies into the stands behind the goal.
  • 8'
    GOOD SAVE! Juventus now into their groove as Pogba plays Asamoah in behind. The winger crosses from the left, and after Llorente chests it down, Pirlo forces Oblak into tipping over his drive from 25 yards.
  • 7'
    GREAT TACKLE! Juventus get into the Benfica box for the first time as the ball falls for the onrushing Pogba, but Pereira sticks out a leg and wins the ball back. A very good challenge.
  • 5'
    Certainly a bright start by the visitors from Portugal with Juventus being penned into their own half for the time being. No time as yet for Pirlo to run the match from his deep-lying midfield role.
  • 3'
    Already plenty of good attacking play on show as Rodrigo hits a shot against Lichtsteiner before the home side look to break forward themselves. Neither side is going to sit back this evening.
  • 1'
    Benfica kick-off and we are underway...
  • Quite the noise inside the stadium with both sets of supporters in full voice, and we are ready to get going in Turin...
  • The two sides, led by referee Mark Clattenburg and the two captains Luisao and Buffon, make their way out onto the pitch where the final will be played. One of these sides will be back here to play either Valencia or Sevilla in a few weeks' time, but which one? We are about to find out...
  • The two teams are in the tunnel and the home fans are in full voice ahead of their arrival. The atmosphere promises to be electric as the players make their entrance onto the pitch.
  • Juventus have not been beaten in their six home outings in European competition this season, though they have only been able to keep one clean sheet. A win without conceding tonight would put them through, but Benfica have won their last four away matches in Europe. It promises to be a fascinating evening, and former Juve playmaker Pavel Nedved is stirring the crowd into action out on the pitch as the players complete their preparations in the dressing room.
  • Benfica prefer first leg matchwinner Lima to Oscar Cardozo up front while Ljubomir Fejsa misses out with a foot injury. Nicolas Gaitain is fit though aftern recovering from a thigh problem, and after beating Porto on penalties in the Taca da Liga semi-finals on Sunday, confidence will be high should tonight's match end in a shootout. There are now just ten minutes until kick-off in Turin.
  • Juventus recall Fernando Llorente to partner Tevez after the Spain striker was left out of the team for the first leg while Arturo Vidal has shaken off a knee injury to take his place in the starting line-up. A few of their players were rested against Sassuolo on Monday, though the likes of Vidal and Stephan Lichtsteiner did come off the bench in the second half. There could be some tired legs on show
  • Benfica subs: Artur, Almeida, Cavaleiro, Sulejmani, Salvio, Jardel, Cardozo.
  • Benfica: Oblak; Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Siqueira; Perez, Amorim, Gaitan; Markovic, Lima, Rodrigo.
  • Juventus subs: Storari, Barzagli, Padoin, Marchisio, Giovinco, Osvaldo, Vucinic.
  • Juventus: Buffon; Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini; Pirlo; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pogba, Asamoah; Tevez, Llorente.
  • Before we go any further, the two team line-ups have been announced ahead of kick-off...
  • Benfica have already won the Primeira Liga this season, and with places in both of their domestic cup competitions, they remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple. Having lost the final of the Europa League last year they are keen to go one step further this time, and it is Lima's late goal from the first leg that gives them the slimmest of leads heading into tonight's encounter.
  • Juventus are on the verge of sealing the Serie A title, but much of their focus is now on this competition. They will have home advantage should they go through, with the final being played at the Juventus Stadium, and Carlos Tevez's away goal last week may well prove to be crucial as we head through the evening.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Europa League semi-final second leg between Juventus and Benfica. The Portuguese side have the slight advantage after the first leg, but with the home crowd backing them this evening, Anotonio Conte's team will be confident of getting through to the final. I'm Tom Maston and I'll be guiding you through all the action.