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Benfica, Dortmund and Juventus reach cup finals

Published: Wednesday 21 March 2012, 0.34CET
Mirko Vučinić's extra-time strike booked Juventus a place in the Coppa Italia final at AC Milan's expense, while Borussia Dortmund and SL Benfica also recorded last-four successes.
Benfica, Dortmund and Juventus reach cup finals
Mirko Vučinić is mobbed after landing the decisive blow against Milan ©Getty Images

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Published: Wednesday 21 March 2012, 0.34CET

Benfica, Dortmund and Juventus reach cup finals

Mirko Vučinić's extra-time strike booked Juventus a place in the Coppa Italia final at AC Milan's expense, while Borussia Dortmund and SL Benfica also recorded last-four successes.

Juventus can become the first ten-time winners of the Coppa Italia after defeating semi-final opponents AC Milan in extra time, while Borussia Dortmund and SL Benfica also survived scares in recording last-four victories. There was no such joy for Olympique de Marseille, though.

Italy
After losing the first leg 2-1 at home, Milan fought back to force an additional 30 minutes, but Mirko Vučinić's wonderful strike eventually gave Juventus a 3-2 aggregate win.

Alessandro Del Piero (28) extended the Bianconeri's lead, making no mistake from Stephan Lichtsteiner's pull-back. Djamel Mesbah's diving header (51) got a vital goal back for the Rossoneri, who then levelled the aggregate score nine minutes from time through substitute Maxi López, the forward blasting into the top corner after dribbling past Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

Juventus created several chances in extra time before Vučinić found the top corner from 25 metres. That goal put his side into the 20 May showpiece, where La Vecchia Signora will meet SSC Napoli or AC Siena. 

Germany
Dortmund also needed extra time to squeeze past 2. Bundesliga outfit SpVgg Greuther Fürth in their German Cup semi-final. With the match seemingly destined for penalties, Fürth coach Mike Büskens brought on second-choice goalkeeper Jasmin Fejzić, who has a reputation for saving spot-kicks. Unfortunately, Fejzić never got the chance, as İlkay Gündoğan's 120th-minute shot ricocheted off a post and against the back of the keeper to send Dortmund into their first cup final since 2008.  

Portugal
Benfica recovered from 2-1 down to beat Liga rivals FC Porto 3-2 in the semi-finals of the League Cup. Winners of the past three editions, Benfica's prospects of reaching a fourth successive showpiece were in jeopardy after Lucho González's deflected effort (8) and Eliaquim Mangala (17) had cancelled out Maxi Pereira's opener. Benfica hit the post three times before Nolito (42) equalised, paving the way for substitute Óscar Cardozo to hit the 77th-minute winner. 

France
Marseille exited the Coupe de France at the quarter-final stage, succumbing to a surprise 3-2 extra-time defeat at third-tier US Quevilly. The hosts had twice taken the lead, through Julien Valero (6) and Johan Christophe Ayina (111), only to be pegged back by a Loïc Rémy double (86, 112). However, Ayina popped up on 117 minutes to score his second of the night and book Quevilly a place in the last four for the second time in three seasons.

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