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Juventus denied Europa League final spot by Benfica

English.news.cn   2014-05-02 08:34:46

Pablo Osvaldo of Juventus reacts during the semifinal match against Benfica at the 2013/2014 UEFA Europa League in Turin, Italy, May 1, 2014. The match ended with a 0-0 tie and Benfica qualified to final with 2-1 on aggregate. (Xinhua/Alberto Lingria)
Pablo Osvaldo of Juventus reacts during the semifinal match against Benfica at the 2013/2014 UEFA Europa League in Turin, Italy, May 1, 2014. The match ended with a 0-0 tie and Benfica qualified to final with 2-1 on aggregate. (Xinhua/Alberto Lingria)

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TURIN, May 1 (Xinhhua) -- Juventus were held to a scoreless draw by 10-men Benfica at home on Thursday to miss out on the UEFA Europa League final.

Benfica, who are the beaten finalists against Chelsea last year, managed to shut out the Italian champions at the Juventus Stadium and booked their place in the final, which will be held at the same venue on May 14.

The Portugese side succeeded in holding their 2-1 advantage they earned in the first leg with a stubborn defensive performance despite the dismissal of Enzo Perez for a second bookable offence 23 minutes from time.

Juventus' best chance came in the first half stoppage time, but Benfica defender Luisao made a goal-line clearance from Arturo Vidal's header with the visiting goalkeeper Jan Oblak already beaten.

Unused Juventus players Mirko Vucinic and Lazar Markovic were sent off after a touchline melee when the match was coming to close.

Vidal, who shook off a knee injury to make Juventus' starting line-up, came close to open the scoring, only for his lobbed effort to nestle on the roof of the net.

The visitors created a good chance early in the second half when the ball fell to Rodrigo in the heart of the area and his right-footed shot went over the bar.

On the hour mark, Pirlo warmed the hands of Oblak with a powerful free-kick which the keeper saved.

Unused Juve substitute Vucinic and Markovic, who had just been hauled off by Benfica, were both sent off following a scuffle on the touchline.

Markovic and Perez are therefore set to miss the final against Sevilla, while Eduardo Salvio will also be suspended after picking up a late booking for handball.

Editor: Yang Yi
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