EUROPA LEAGUE: Benfica to meet Sevilla in Turin final

Benfica and Sevilla are into the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final after getting the better of Juventus and Valencia respectively in the semi-finals.

Benfica and Sevilla are into the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final after getting the better of Juventus and Valencia respectively in the semi-finals.

Portuguese giants Benfica are into their second consecutive final after beating Italian champions Juve 2-1 on aggregate which was made possible by a 0-0 draw in Turin on Thursday night.

The Jorge Jesus-managed Eagles, who lost to Chelsea in the decider last season, had Ezequiel Garay and Rodrigo Lima to thank as their goals at the Estadio da Luz last week did the damage.

At the Juventus Stadium, Benfica were reduced to ten men with just under 25 minutes remaining when Enzo Perez was sent off for a second yellow card but they managed to hold out Antonio Conte’s side who were unlucky when Arturo Vidal’s header was cleared off the line by Luisao.

Referee Mark Clattenburg later sent off Benfica’s Lazar Markovic and Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic for fighting but those expulsions had little effect on the outcome.

Jan Oblak made a number of vital saves to also deny the Bianconeri who in the end came up short in front of their home crowd.

In the other semi-final second leg, Sevilla produced a stunning last-gasp victory over Spanish rivals Valencia at the Mestalla to progress on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.

The Sevillistas won 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last week thanks to goals from Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca but found themselves up against on Thursday night when Los Che opened the scoring at home through Sofiane Feghouli in the 14th minute.

An own-goal from goalkeeper Antonio Beto had Valencia back on level terms and with the ascendency before Jeremy Mathieu gave the home side a deserved lead when he fired home an unstoppable volley in the 70th minute.

However, Mbia who is on loan from QPR, was the hero for Sevilla when the Cameroon midfielder rose above his marker to power home a header almost five minutes into injury-time as the 2006 and 2007 UEFA Cup winners placed themselves into the Europa League final where they will now meet Benfica at the Juventus Stadium on Wednesday, May 14.

2013/14 UEFA Europa League semi-final – second legs

Juventus (ITA): 0 (red card: Mirko Vucinic 89’)
Benfica (POR): 0 (red cards: Enzo Perez 67’, Lazar Markovic 89’)
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy – 40,775
*Benfica wins 2-1 on aggregate

Valencia (SPN): 3 (Sofiane Feghouli 14’, Antonio Beto (og) 26’, Jeremy Mathieu 70’)
Sevilla (SPN): 1 (Stephane Mbia 90+5’)
Mestalla, Valencia, Spain – 48,000
*Sevilla wins on away goals after 3-3 aggregate

 
For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball

Have your say