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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

Ladbrokes PaddyPower WilliamHill Tipico
Juventus 1.55 1.53 1.53 1.55
Draw 4.00 4.33 4.00 4.00
Benfica 6.50 6.00 6.00 6.30
Juventus-Benfica Preview: Bianconeri on backfoot ahead of Turin final

Juventus-Benfica Preview: Bianconeri on backfoot ahead of Turin final

Antonio Conte's men trail 2-1 after the first leg in Portugal and will be desperate to turn the tie around to play in the showpiece at their own ground

One goal for Juventus against Benfica on Thursday could prove enough to see them contest the Europa League final on home turf.

A stunning Lima strike six minutes from time at the Estadio da Luz handed Benfica a slender advantage ahead of Thursday's second leg in Turin, but Carlos Tevez's away goal for Juve could potentially prove crucial.

Tevez's 73rd-minute strike, which equalised Ezequiel Garay's early opener, means a 1-0 win for Antonio Conte's team at the Juventus Stadium this week would put them through to the Europa League final at their own stadium on May 14.

However, Juve have struggled to keep clean sheets at home in European competition this term. 

Although the Italian champions, who are on course for a third straight domestic title, have not been beaten in their six continental outings at home in 2013-14, they have just one shutout. 

And Conte's side will face a buoyant Benfica outfit, who followed up their Primeira Liga title success last week by sealing their place in the Taca da Liga final with a win over rivals Porto on penalties at the weekend. 

Benfica also have fine pedigree in the Europa League, and are the only unbeaten team left in this season's competition following the disappointment of losing last year's final to Chelsea.

Jorge Jesus' charges have won their last four European away fixtures, while Juve have won 21 and drawn three of their home games in all competitions this season, and could be crowned Serie A champions again this weekend. 

Benfica, though, are on course for a quadruple, as they are in the finals of both the Taca da Liga and the Taca de Portugal and have won their last eight games including the Sunday's shootout success over Porto.

Arturo Vidal is a doubt for Juve with a knee injury while Ljubomir Fejsa (foot), Silvio (leg), Eduardo Salvio (arm) and Nicolas Gaitan (thigh) could all miss out for the visitors.

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UEFA Europa League ‎(EL)‎ Apr 24, 2014 Benfica 2 - Juventus 1
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1Gianluigi BuffonGoalkeeper
3Giorgio ChielliniDefender
4Martín CáceresDefender
19Leonardo BonucciDefender
26Stephan LichtsteinerDefender
6Paul PogbaMidfielder
21Andrea PirloMidfielder
22Kwadwo AsamoahMidfielder
23Arturo VidalMidfielder
10Carlos TévezStriker
14Fernando LlorenteStriker
30Marco StorariGoalkeeper
15Andrea BarzagliDefender
8Claudio MarchisioMidfielder
20Simone PadoinMidfielder
9Mirko VučinićStriker
12Sebastian GiovincoStriker
17Pablo Daniel OsvaldoStriker
1Jan Oblak Goalkeeper
14Maxi PereiraDefender
15Guilherme SiqueiraDefender
14Ezequiel GarayDefender
6Ruben AmorimMidfielder
20Osvaldo Nicolás Fabián GaitánMidfielder
35Enzo Nicolás PérezMidfielder
-Lazar MarkovićStriker
33Jardel Nivaldo VieiraDefender
18Toto SalvioMidfielder
30André AlmeidaMidfielder
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