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Sevilla play Valencia, Benfica face Juventus

Published: Friday 11 April 2014, 12.12CET
The UEFA Europa League semi-final draw threw up an all-Spanish tie between Sevilla FC and Valencia CF while SL Benfica stand between Juventus and a home Turin final.

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Published: Friday 11 April 2014, 12.12CET

Sevilla play Valencia, Benfica face Juventus

The UEFA Europa League semi-final draw threw up an all-Spanish tie between Sevilla FC and Valencia CF while SL Benfica stand between Juventus and a home Turin final.

Semi-final draw (24 April & 1 May)
Sevilla FC (ESP) v Valencia CF (ESP)
SL Benfica (POR) v Juventus (ITA)

Final (14 May, 20.45CET; Juventus Stadium, Turin)
Sevilla/Valencia v Benfica/Juventus

Today's UEFA Europa League draw guaranteed a Spanish presence in the final after Sevilla FC were pitted against Valencia CF in an all-Liga semi-final while SL Benfica stand between Juventus and a place in the Turin showpiece.

Sevilla, in 2006 and 2007, and Valencia, in 2004, each won this competition during the UEFA Cup era but only one of these domestic rivals can now proceed to the Juventus Stadium final. Both these teams started their UEFA Europa League campaigns in the group stage, with Sevilla having come through the third qualifying round and play-offs.

The Bianconeri, meanwhile, will aim to lift the trophy for a fourth time following success in 1977, 1990 and 1993 but must first get past last season's runners-up Benfica. Ominously for the Portuguese club, Juventus beat Benfica en route to their triumph 21 years ago. This is a meeting of sides that came over from the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The road to the 14 May final in the northern Italian city reached another key milestone with what was an open draw made by UEFA Europa League final ambassador Ciro Ferrara and UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino.

The UEFA General Secretary hailed the "sensational entertainment" witnessed in the quarter-finals before assessing the last-four lineup. "We have three former winners of the competition, Juventus, Sevilla, Valencia – who qualified winning 5-0 after extra time – and last year's finalists Benfica. This certainly promises two fiercely contested semi-finals," Mr Infantino said.

The semi-finals will be played on a home-and-away basis, with the first legs on Thursday 24 April and the returns the following Thursday. For administrative purposes, the last step of the draw defined the winner of semi-final 1 as the designated home team for the final, kicking off at 20.45CET on Wednesday 14 May.

SL Benfica
European semi-final record: W9 L4
Last semi-final appearance: 2012/13 (UEFA Europa League, 3-2 v Fenerbahçe SK)
This season: W5 D1 L0 F12 A3
Top scorer: Lima & Rodrigo (3)
Head-to-head v Juventus
W3 D0 L1 F5 A4

Juventus
European semi-final record: W12 L6
Last semi-final appearance: 2002/03 (UEFA Champions League, 4-3 v Real Madrid CF)
This season: W5 D1 L0 F9 A2
Top scorer: Pablo Osvaldo, Arturo Vidal & Andrea Pirlo (2)
European head-to-head v Benfica
W1 D0 L3 F4 A5

Sevilla FC
European semi-final record: W2 L0
Last semi-final appearance: 2006/07 (UEFA Cup, won 2-1 on agg v CA Osasuna)
This season: W6 D4 L2 F19 A11
Top scorer: Kevin Gameiro (5)
Never met Valencia in UEFA competition

Valencia CF
European semi-final record: W4 L1
Last semi-final appearance: 2011/12 (UEFA Europa League, 2-5 v Club Atlético de Madrid)
This season: W8 D2 L2 F23 A10
Top scorer: Paco Alcácer (7)
Never met Sevilla in UEFA competition

*Statistics for this season refer only to the UEFA Europa League group stage onwards

Last updated: 11/04/14 14.04CET

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