EUROPA LEAGUE – QF 2nd LEG WRAP: Valencia produce stunning comeback as Juventus progress

The quarter-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League are now complete following the second legs which took place on Thursday night.

The quarter-finals of the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League are now complete following the second legs which took place on Thursday night.

Three-time winners Juventus are safely through to the semi-finals after accounting for French club Lyon courtesy of a 2-1 triumph in Turin to salute 3-1 on aggregate.

Last week’s 1-0 win at the Stade de Gerland had the Bianconeri only slightly ahead but that advantage was doubled inside five minutes at the Juventus Stadium when star midfielder Andrea Pirlo produced a sublime free-kick.

Lyon clawed their way back in the 18th minute when Jimmy Briand scored with a quality header but the tie was put beyond doubt when Claudio Marchisio’s 68th-minute effort deflected heavily off Samuel Umtiti and in for an own-goal.

In Lisbon, Rodrigo scored a brace to help Benfica record a 2-0 win over Dutch side AZ Alkmaar at the Estadio da Luz to move into the final four of Europe’s second tier club competition with a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Benfica’s Portuguese rivals FC Porto were undone by Spaniards Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan despite winning 1-0 at home last week.

The Sevillistas fired four past the Porto defence to win 4-1 on the night, allowing them to record a 4-2 aggregate triumph, thanks to goals from Ivan Rakitic (penalty), Vitolo, Carlos Bacca and Kevin Gameiro and despite a 54th-minute red card received by defender Coke.

Porto managed a consolation goal through Ricardo Quaresma in injury-time but the damage had been done as Sevilla booked their spot in the semis where they will be joined by La Liga rivals Valencia.

Los Che produced a stunning comeback to eliminate Swiss champions FC Basel from the competition 5-3 on aggregate.

Basel saluted 3-0 at home last week and were looking ok until Paco Alcacer netted the first of his three goals in the 38th minute. A second from Eduardo Vargas soon followed which had Valencia just a goal behind in the two-legged tie but enjoying a comfortable two-goal ascendency at the Mestalla on the night.

A levelling effort came from Alcacer in the 70th minute which sent the match into extra-time when Basel lost both Marcelo Diaz and Gaston Sauro to red cards which gave Valencia a clear numbers benefit.

Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men took full advantage with Alcacer completing his hat-trick in the 113th minute before Juan Bernat grabbed a fifth five minutes later, sending the home side through.

The draw for the Europa League semi-finals will take place on Friday. The first legs will be played on April 24 with the return bouts to be concluded on May 1.

2013/14 UEFA Europa League – quarter-final second leg

Benfica (POR): 2 (Rodrigo 39’/71’)
AZ Alkmaar (NED): 0
*Benfica wins 3-0 on aggregate
Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

Juventus (ITA): 2 (Andrea Pirlo 4’, Samuel Umtiti (og) 68’)
Lyon (FRA): 1 (Jimmy Briand 18’)
*Juventus wins 3-1 on aggregate
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

Sevilla (SPN): 4 (Ivan Rakitic (p) 5’, Vitolo 26’, Carlos Bacca 29’, Kevin Gameiro 79’, red card: Coke 54’)
FC Porto (POR): 1 (Ricardo Quaresma 90+2’)
*Sevilla wins 4-2 on aggregate

Valencia (SPN): 5 (Paco Alcacer 38’/70’/113’, Eduardo Vargas 42’, Juan Bernat 118’)
FC Basel (SUI): 0 (red cards: Marcelo Diaz 101, Gaston Sauro 105’)
*Valencia wins 5-3 on aggregate
Mestalla, Valencia, Spain

 
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