Jesus: I would have preferred a 1-0 win against Juventus

The Eagles boss admitted that Carlos Tevez's away goal at the Estadio da Luz has cast doubt on his side's hopes of overcoming the Biaconeri on aggregate

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus was delighted with his side's 2-1 Europa League victory over Juventus but admitted that he would have preferred to have won by the same margin but without conceding.

The Portuguese champions had led for much of the clash prior to Carlos Tevez's 73rd-minute equaliser, but Lima did at least a late winner to give the Eagles a slender advantage ahead of next week's second leg in Turin.

"It was important to win, although a 1-0 would have been better than 2-1," Jesus is quoted as saying by Record.

"We knew that we were going to play against a strong team who usually score. We had to be perfect and we almost were. It was a great individual goal from Tevez.

"It was their first defeat in the Europa League and they showed their strength here. We always knew that nothing would be decided.

"It's all open but let's do better in Turin."

Lima, meanwhile, was delighted with the result but urged his side to finish the job in the second leg.

"The win is important but it doesn't guarantee anything," the Brazilian pointed out. "It's only the first leg.

"We didn't want to concede a goal but it was another victory and it is important to go to Italy with the confidence of winning the game."

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