Europa League - Semi-Final - 1st Leg
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Benfica 2-1 Juventus

Lima's powerful late strike gave Benfica a narrow advantage over Juventus in a high-quality Europa League semi-final first leg.

The hosts, who were crowned Portuguese champions on Sunday, went ahead early on as Ezequiel Garay's header crept in.

They did not make more of their first-half dominance and Carlos Tevez levelled for Juventus after shimmying thorough a packed penalty box.

But Benfica recovered with Lima's effort sparking wild celebrations.

Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini both had chances to spoil the party, but Benfica just about escaped with their lead intact despite sitting back once again.

With the final to be played at Juventus Stadium, the visitors' ambitions of ending an 18-year wait for European silverware in front of a 'home' crowd were dented by Garay's early effort.

With less than two minutes on the clock, the Argentina defender rose above Leonardo Bonucci to head Miralem Sulejmani's corner past an unconvincing Gianluigi Buffon.

The 27-year-old centre-back has long been linked with a move to Manchester United and, with his contract expiring at the end of next season, caught the eye with another polished performance.

His team matched those standards in the first half, pressing high and bristling with danger as they broke at pace,

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was Juventus' most threatening player, but his energetic bursts down the right often left his team-mates behind as regularly as his opponents.

Juventus were kept waiting on the pitch as Benfica took their time to emerge for the second half, but the gamesmanship seemed to backfire as the Italians dominated after the interval.

Stephan Lichtsteiner's dangerous cross had been hacked clear by Maxi Pereira ahead of a lurking Claudio Marchisio before Tevez struck.

The former Manchester City striker's first touch initially seemed heavy from Kwadwo Asamoah's cutback but, as Luisao closed in, he feinted to shoot, skated round the defender and poked a finish between the goalkeeper's legs.

With parity and an away goal, Juventus might have hoped to shut the game down, but they could not hold out as Benfica roused themselves once again.

Just 11 minutes later, a slick attack ended with Lima burying an explosive shot beyond Buffon after a neat dummy from Ivan Cavaleiro.

The tie could have taken another twist but Marchisio and Chiellini shot straight at Artur with space and time to do better.

Line-ups

Benfica

  • 1Artur MoraesBooked at 71mins
  • 14Maxi Pereira
  • 16Siqueira
  • 35Pérez
  • 4Luisão
  • 24Garay
  • 50Markovic
  • 30André GomesBooked at 34minsSubstituted forCavaleiroat 82'minutes
  • 7CardozoSubstituted forLimaat 63'minutes
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 8SulejmaniSubstituted forAlmeidaat 61'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 6Amorim
  • 10Djuricic
  • 11Lima
  • 33Jardel
  • 34Almeida
  • 41Oblak
  • 90Cavaleiro

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 22Asamoah
  • 3Chiellini
  • 19Bonucci
  • 4Cáceres
  • 6PogbaBooked at 45mins
  • 8Marchisio
  • 9VucinicSubstituted forGiovincoat 66'minutes
  • 10TévezSubstituted forOsvaldoat 83'minutes
  • 21Pirlo

Substitutes

  • 5Ogbonna
  • 12Giovinco
  • 14Llorente
  • 15Barzagli
  • 18Osvaldo
  • 20Padoin
  • 30Storari
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir

Match Stats

Home TeamBenficaAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Benfica 2, Juventus 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Benfica 2, Juventus 1.
Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Martín Cáceres.
Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lima.
Attempt missed. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio following a set piece situation.
Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lima (Benfica).
Offside, Juventus. Andrea Pirlo tries a through ball, but Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Martín Cáceres (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Guillherme Siqueira.
Attempt saved. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

André Almeida (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, Juventus. Andrea Pirlo tries a through ball, but Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is caught offside.
Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).
Maxi Pereira (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by André Almeida (Benfica).
Attempt missed. Lazar Markovic (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lima.

Goal!

Goal! Benfica 2, Juventus 1. Lima (Benfica) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Enzo Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo replaces Carlos Tévez.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces André Gomes.
Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).
Lima (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Carlos Tévez (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by André Almeida (Benfica).

Goal!

Goal! Benfica 1, Juventus 1. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah.
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by André Gomes (Benfica).

Booking

Artur Moraes (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo.
Attempt missed. Luisão (Benfica) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Giorgio Chiellini.
Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).
Lima (Benfica) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Sebastian Giovinco replaces Mirko Vucinic.
Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.
Attempt blocked. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mirko Vucinic.

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. Lima replaces Óscar Cardozo.
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Maxi Pereira (Benfica).

Substitution

Substitution, Benfica. André Almeida replaces Miralem Sulejmani.
Foul by Mirko Vucinic (Juventus).
Enzo Pérez (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Carlos Tévez (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Enzo Pérez (Benfica).
Offside, Juventus. Giorgio Chiellini tries a through ball, but Mirko Vucinic is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Mirko Vucinic (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo with a through ball.
Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Artur Moraes.
Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio with a cross.
Dangerous play by Mirko Vucinic (Juventus).
Luisão (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Rodrigo (Benfica).

Second Half

Second Half begins Benfica 1, Juventus 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Benfica 1, Juventus 0.
Foul by André Gomes (Benfica).
Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Paul Pogba (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).
Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Carlos Tévez (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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