0 vs. 0
Agg (1-2)
JUV
BEF
90+9'
BENFICA HAVE DONE IT! The away end erupts as Clattenburg brings a thrilling second half to a close. The Portuguese champions progress 2-1 on aggregate! They’re one game away from banishing the curse of Bela Guttman…
90+8'
Still the whistle doesn't come.
90+8'
Benfica are so close! They have a free-kick deep inside the Juve half.
90+7'
It's swung in towards Buffon... Headed at goal... Oblak makes a wonderful one-handed stop!
90+7'
BLOCKED! It runs out for a corner... Buffon comes forward...
Benfica Yellow card

Juventus

Benfica

90+6'
 
IT'S PIRLO TIME! Salvio handballs on the edge of the penalty area. Free-kick in Pirlo territory. Yellow card - Salvio is out the final. That's harsh.
90+5'
 
Osvaldo raises his arm in anguish as he's flagged offside. Time is running out for the hosts.
90+4'
Tevez has a crack from the edge of the area which Oblak claims. Moments later, Juve flood forward again. What a finish to this contest.
90+3'
SIX added minutes. And don't be surprised if it's more than that!
90+2'
Wow. Sevilla have scored late on against Valencia! They're going through on away goals (as it stands).
90+1'
Garay is stretchered off with a nasty facial injury. Benfica are down to nine men.
90'
Credit to Clattenburg who has handled this game very well. Slight stoppage as Garay is down inside the penalty area.
89'
 
ANOTHER RED! Lazar Markovic, who had just come off, is also sent off for his involvement in the fracas. He's out the final. What. An. Idiot.
88'
 
IT'S KICKING OFF! The benches engage in some good old pushing and shoving. Tempers are flaring up. Substitute Mirko Vucinic is sent off!
87'
 
Nope. His night is definitely over as he's replaced by Miralem Sulejmani.
86'
Markovic has stayed down and Clattenburg is signalling for the stretcher. His night is over (or this is incredible acting).
Benfica Substitution
85'
 
Turns out Oblak was booked in the aftermath of that disallowed goal.
84'
Markovic tries to take on the entire Juve defence and goes down under pressure from Chiellini. Tell you what, the Juve man has pulled him down inside the area! No penalty though.
83'
Correct call from the linesman. Pogba was clearly offside.
82'
 
DISALLOWED GOAL! Pogba turns the ball back across goal towards substitute Osvaldo… He’s fired home! But, just as he is about to whip off his shirt in celebration, the flag shoots up to deny him and Juventus.
Benfica Yellow card

Juventus

Benfica

81'
Regardless of what happens in the next 10 minutes, this has been a tremendous effort from Benfica against the favourites. Can they see this one out?
80'
Lichtsteiner ghosts around the outside of the Benfica backline and has all the time in the world to tap home... He's missed the ball!
79'
 
Double change for the hosts. Vidal and Llorente make way for Dani Osvaldo and Claudio Marchisio.
Juventus Substitution
Juventus Substitution
78'
Giovinco sees the clock ticking down and unleashes an effort from distance which goes miles over.
77'
Juventus continue to throw bodies forward but they can’t find a way through the red wall.
Benfica Substitution
76'
 
Change for the visitors as Gaitan departs to be replaced by Eduardo Salvio.
75'
Few thumping challenges going in on the skiddy turf. Into the final 15 minutes.
74'
 
Conte rolls the dice and chucks on Sebastian Giovinco for Bonucci. Bold change.
Juventus Substitution
73'
Lima shows great strength to hold off numerous challenges and play in Gaitan. The resulting cross is just over-hit.
72'
 
Quick change to bring you up-to-date with: Andre Almeida has replaced Rodrigo.
71'
Tevez weaves past a couple of red shirts and has a dig... Straight at Oblak.
70'
Another goal at the Mestalla and Valencia lead 3-0 - 3-2 on agg. Crazy stuff.
69'
A reminder: one goal will send Juventus through on away goals (assuming Benfica don't score themselves).
Benfica Substitution
68'
Conte briefly forgets his role as manager and takes up the position of head cheerleader. The Juventus Stadium respond with a huge rendition “Juve, Juve, Juve.”
67'
 
RED CARD! Benfica's Enzo Perez picks up a second booking. What an opportunity for the hosts!
Benfica Red card

Juventus

Benfica

66'
Why are matches played out in apocalyptic conditions always 100 times more exciting?
65'
Garay acrobatically clears under pressure from Tevez. Wonderful defending. He's going to be the subject of serious transfer interest in the summer.
Juventus Yellow card

Juventus

Benfica

64'
 
Another yellow - this time for Asamoah.
63'
Warm applause echoes around the Juventus Stadium as the hosts knock the ball around midfield with zip and purpose. Juve's urgency is increasing.
62'
Pirlo shapes to float a cross into the penalty area but, at the last second, shifts his body position and rifles a free-kick towards the top corner... Beaten clear by Oblak!
Benfica Yellow card

Juventus

Benfica

61'
 
Perez barges Tevez off the ball and deservedly goes into the book. Free-kick in Pirlo territory.
60'
Pogba suddenly appears on the left flank and expertly controls Pirlo's diagonal pass. It's really open at the moment. Perhaps both sides think they need to score?
59'
The ball bobbles around the penalty area and breaks to Garay with his back to goal. The defender attempts a cheeky back-heel but, unfortunately for the visiting faithful, finds a black and white shirt.
58'
Asamoah has a little nibble at Markovic near the corner flag. It's a free-kick in a very dangerous position.
57'
Buffon is rolling his wrist around with a grimace. Will he be alright to continue?
56'
 
Rodrigo is in! He bears down on the Juve goal but slightly over-runs it and watches as Buffon pounces on the loose ball. The Italian keeper is furious - he's claiming the Benfica man left his boot in. Clattenburg agrees. Yellow card.
Benfica Yellow card

Juventus

Benfica

55'
A back-peddling Oblak claims the set-piece superbly.
54'
Asamoah bundles Markovic to the floor. No free-kick. Corner to the hosts.
53'
"Ole... Ole, ole, ole... Juve, Juve." The horrendous conditions are bringing the best out of everyone.
52'
Great tempo to this second period. Benfica almost sneak in down the left but Juventus manage to hack it clear.
51'
Conte and Jesus stand in their respective technical areas, watching forlornly as their clothes become sodden.
50'
CHANCE! The ball comes to Rodrigo inside the penalty area. The Brazilian delays his shot before thrashing over the bar. Huge moment.
49'
Great stuff. One stand yells "Juve" and, moments later, the other three stands cry "Juve" in response.
48'
The rain is teeming down in the Juventus Stadium. The hosts have a corner.
47'
Rodrigo sets off in pursuit of Pirlo and starts nudging the Italian playmaker.
46'
We're back underway! Juventus have 45 minutes to find a goal.
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45+2'
Half-time at the Juventus Stadium. It's goalless.
45+1'
BIG CHANCE! Vidal flings himself at Kwadwo Asamoah's fierce cross from the left and sees his effort headed off the line by Luisao.
45'
Two minutes of added time signalled.
44'
Tevez glances up, spots Lichtsteiner charging down the right flank and stabs a clever ball in his team-mates direction. Oblak darts off his line to claim.
43'
Bonucci rises brilliantly at the near post but can't quite divert his header on target.
42'
Pirlo sees a shot whistle past the post.
41'
Tevez scoops the ball over the Benfica backline but his creative pass skims past his strike partner Llorente.
39'
Vidal shows great tenacity to charge down a Benfica clearance.
38'
Lots of niggly challenges breaking up the match’s flow. Think it might be time for Mr Clattenburg to whip out the yellow card.
37'
Ruben Amorim is the calmest man in the cauldron as he casually controls the ball inside his own penalty area. Too casual. The black and white vultures rob him of possession. Benfica survive.
36'
Vidal leaps into the Turin air and plants his forehead on Pogba's cross... It just evades the far post. That's more like it.
35'
It’s official: the match is boring. Is it too much to ask for a solitary goal to enliven this encounter?
34'
Pogba’s heavy delivery almost finds the top corner of Oblak’s goal.
33'
Lichtsteiner uses his fist to control the ball and then complains when a free-kick is awarded.
31'
Ezequiel Garay wins the ball back on the edge of his own penalty area and quickly sparks a Benfica counter-attack. The defender sprays the ball out wide, continues his run and almost turns the resulting delivery past Gianluigi Buffon. Great run.
30'
Pirlo is dropping between his centre backs and starting to boss the tempo.
29'
Lichtsteiner carries the ball into the Benfica half... No one closes him down... He shoots... Nope, that's terrible.
28'
Here's the Juventus Stadium in all its glory.
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Stadio Juventus opened in Sept 2011 against English side Notts County, from whom Juve famously copied their team kit. http://t.co/GJ8OEY2Mpw

27'
Llorente tries to poke the ball down the line but all he can do is win a goal-kick for the opposition.
26'
Another goal at the Mestalla! Valencia 2-0 Sevilla. The hosts' first leg deficit is no more.
25'
Nicolas Gaitan is down. Don't worry everyone, the ice pack has been rushed onto the field of play.
24'
Tevez swivels inside the area before attempting an audacious volley. Just over.
23'
Enzo Perez clatters into Pogba and referee Clattenburg brings out his grumpy face. The yellow card remains in his pocket though.
22'
It’s not as exciting as the first leg but it’s still an entertaining contest. A goal would be welcome though, football gods.
21'
Maxi Pereira attempts to ping one into the top corner from 40 yards. One lucky fan is going home with the match ball tonight.
20'
Pirlo quickly gets the chance to atone for his error. This time his delivery is better as his hoisted ball finds Vidal at the back-post… Onto the roof of the net.
19'
Pirlo's first opportunity to swing a corner into the mixer ends in sadness for the home side.
18'
Conte gesticulates furiously from the touchline. It’s very hard to translate his gestures into words as, to the casual observer, it’s just a lot of hand waving.
17'
Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross is comfortably caught by Oblak. A decent spell of Juve possession comes to a limp end.
16'
Carlos Tevez picks up the ball inside the penalty area and attempts to wriggle through the red shirts. His access to the Benfica goal is denied.
15'
Celeb spot: Diego Maradona is in the stands and is gaining immense pleasure from clapping.
14'
Interesting development in the other semi-final… Valencia have scored after 14 minutes. Sevilla’s aggregate lead cut to 2-1.
13'
Well, this looks incredible.
12'
Boom. Bonucci smashes a pass needlessly out of play. More Benfica pressure.
11'
Chiellini charges across to mop up the danger on the right flank. Lazar Markovic denied.
10'
More whistles. No need to tell you who has the ball.
9'
Arturo Vidal fancies bagging a goal from distance but the midfielder balloons his shot into the stands.
8'
Andrea Pirlo - largely disappointing in the first leg - crashes a shot at goal which Oblak tips over. Corner.
7'
Paul Pogba goes to ground inside the area, sending all heads swivelling in the direction of Mark Clattenburg... No penalty.
6'
Rodrigo leads a Benfica breakout but he’s halted by an excellent challenge from Chiellini.
5'
Luisao flicks a header back towards Jan Oblak with limited power and he’s fortunate that Fernando Llorente isn’t paying attention.
4'
The Juventus Stadium unite to whistle a spell of Benfica possession. With each successful pass, the noise gets quieter. Jorge Jesus will be delighted.
3'
Benfica swing a series of crosses into the penalty area but Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are equal to it all.
2'
Early chance for the visitors but Rodrigo can only fire against a black and white shirt. Lively opening.
1'
The crowd let out a battle-cry as Juventus get us underway.
20:00
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19:55
The Juventus Stadium - which, incidentally, will also host the final - is slowly filling up. Not long to go now.
19:50
Awaiting one of these sides in the final will be the victor of the other semi-final between Spanish rivals Valencia and Sevilla – the latter side boasting a 2-0 advantage.
19:45
And some quick input from Benfica's Jorge Jesus: "We know it's going to be a difficult game; we have an advantage having won the first leg, but it's important we remain true to what Benfica stand for."
19:40
Here’s some words from Juve boss Antonio Conte, and he sounds properly fired up: "I want our supporters to create a fiery cauldron in the stadium, just as Benfica's fans did in Lisbon last week. We are going to play with 12 men on Thursday, I am convinced of it. Benfica had better beware because the fans are going to enter the fray."
19:35
If tonight’s clash is as gripping as the first leg, we’re in for quite the ride. So if you’re running low on nibbles and confectionary, now’s the time to dart out and make a sneaky purchase – you won’t want to miss a moment of the football (hopefully).
19:30
Juventus have a particularly keen/rich (delete as appropriate) fan for tonight’s game. Personally, I’d plump for that jazzy pink creation.
19:25
Unaware of what happened in the first leg at Estadio da Luz? Then look no further than this fine match report.
Europa League - Lima fires Benfica to victory over Juve in gripping encounter

Rodrigo Lima came off the bench to fire Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in an enthralling match.

19:20
Has Artur upset Jorge Jesus? The Benfica stopper is swapped with Jan Oblak in one of four changes. Nicolas Gaitan, Ruben Amorim and first leg hero Lima are the others to earn a starting spot.
19:15
Juve boss Antonio Conte makes two changes from the first leg. Arturo Vidal wrestles Claudio Marchisio’s starting spot in midfield, while Fernando Llorente gets the nod in attack instead of Mirko Vucinic.
19:10
TEAMS – Juventus: Buffon, Caceres, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah, Llorente, Tevez… Subs: Storari, Barzagli, Padoin, Marchisio, Giovinco, Osvaldo, Vucinic /// Benfica: Oblak, Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Siqueira, Ruben Amorim, Perez, L. Markovic, Rodrigo, Gaitan, Lima… Subs: Artur, Jardel, Almeida, Salvio, Cavaleiro, Sulejmani, Cardozo.
19:05
Phew. After the one-sided nature of the Champions League – commiserations to Bayern and Chelsea fans – attention turns to the frenetic action of the continent’s reserve competition. Can Benfica reach back-to-back Europa League finals or will Juventus conjure a comeback in front of their home fans? Tonight’s semi-final second leg at the Juventus Stadium gets underway in an hour. Remember: the Portuguese champions lead 2-1 on aggregate.

Starting Line-ups

Juventus
Benfica
    • 1
      Buffon
    • 3
      Chiellini
    • 19
      Bonucci
    • 4
      Cáceres
    • 22
      Asamoah
    • 6
      Pogba
    • 23
      Vidal
    • 21
      Pirlo
    • 26
      Lichtsteiner
    • 10
      Tévez
    • 14
      Llorente
Team Manager:  Massimiliano Allegri
    • Rodrigo
    • 11
      Lima
    • Lazar Markovic
    • Pérez
    • 6
      Amorim
    • 10
      Gaitán
    • 14
      Maxi Pereira
    • 4
      Luisão
    • Garay
    • Siqueira
    • Oblak
Team Manager:  Jorge Jesus
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Substitutes
Players Sub Time
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Buffon 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Chiellini 0 0 0 3 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 90
M. Cáceres 0 0 1 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 90
L. Bonucci 0 0 0 1 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 73
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
S. Lichtsteiner 0 0 1 39 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 90
P. Pogba 0 0 0 48 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
A. Pirlo 0 0 2 83 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 90
K. Asamoah 0 0 0 58 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 90
A. Vidal 0 0 1 38 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 79
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
C. Tévez 0 0 2 28 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 90
F. Llorente 0 0 0 17 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 78
Goalkeepers
GOALKEEPERS
Goalkeepers G SAV GC GK FC FS Y R PEN Mins
J. Oblak 0 6 0 14 0 0 1 0 0 90
Defenders
DEFENDERS
Defenders G GA SHO TA CLR COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
G. Siqueira 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 90
Luisão 0 0 0 2 11 0 2 1 0 0 0 90
Maxi Pereira 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 90
E. Garay 0 0 0 0 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 89
Midfielders
MIDFIELDERS
Midfielders G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
R. Amorim 0 0 0 39 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 90
Lazar Markovic 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 89
N. Gaitán 0 0 0 29 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 77
E. Pérez 0 0 0 34 0 1 4 2 1 1 0 67
Forwards
FORWARDS
Forwards G GA SHO PAS FK COR FC FS Y R PEN Mins
Lima 0 0 0 26 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 90
Rodrigo 0 0 0 22 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 69
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