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Semi-finals: second-leg stats and facts

Published: Friday 2 May 2014, 11.00CET
SL Benfica have become the first side to reach a UEFA Europa League final unbeaten, while Sevilla FC have played 18 games to reach the decider: UEFA.com tots up the figures.
Semi-finals: second-leg stats and facts
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Published: Friday 2 May 2014, 11.00CET

Semi-finals: second-leg stats and facts

SL Benfica have become the first side to reach a UEFA Europa League final unbeaten, while Sevilla FC have played 18 games to reach the decider: UEFA.com tots up the figures.

• For the first time in the five seasons of the UEFA Europa League both semi-finals were won by the team playing the second leg away from home.

• In eliminating Juventus, SL Benfica became the first club to reach successive UEFA Europa League finals. They will be the second club to contest two finals, after Club Atlético de Madrid, winners in both 2009/10 and 2011/12.

• The 0-0 draw in Turin maintained the Benfica's unbeaten run in this season's competition, their eight matches having produced six wins and two draws. Last season, having also entered the competition at the knockout phase after transferring over from the UEFA Champions League, they reached the final with six wins, one draw and one defeat.

• No club has ever previously reached a UEFA Europa League final with an unbeaten record, although Atlético won every one of their eight games in the knockout phase (having lost once in the group stage) before lifting the trophy in 2011/12.

• Juventus, like Hamburger SV in the inaugural 2009/10 competition, missed out on contesting the final in their own stadium after losing their semi-final 2-1 on aggregate. Then, as now, Hamburg lost 2-1 away and drew 0-0 at home, to Fulham FC, although the ties were in reverse order.

• The three sendings-off in the Juventus-Benfica match equalled a UEFA Europa League record. The only previous game in the competition, group stage to final, to have yielded three red cards came earlier this season in a Group C fixture between FC Salzburg and R. Standard de Liège.

• Valencia CF's elimination by Sevilla FC was the club's third in as many UEFA Europa League ties against Spanish opposition, having previously been knocked out of the competition twice by Atlético. It was the second time in the competition that Valencia have been eliminated on the away goals rule, the club having suffered the same fate against Atlético in the 2009/10 quarter-finals.

• The Valencia-Sevilla tie was the third UEFA Europa League semi-final to be decided on the away goals rule. Atlético used that method to defeat Liverpool FC in 2009/10, as did SC Braga against Benfica in 2010/11.

• Valencia's 3-1 win, though insufficient to take them to the final, took them above Atlético as the highest-scoring Spanish club in the UEFA Europa League, their 62 goals in 34 matches eclipsing Atlético's 61 in 38. Despite the stalemate in Turin, Benfica remain the competition's top-scoring team, with 68 in 37.

• The final will be Sevilla's 19th game in this season's UEFA Europa League, their road to Turin having started in the third qualifying round with a 9-1 aggregate victory over Montenegrin side FK Mladost Podgorica. They will be hoping to emulate Atlético, whose path to victory in 2011/12 also began in the third qualifying round.

• Benfica, on the other hand, will be bidding to become the third UEFA Europa League winners out of five to have crossed over mid-season from the UEFA Champions League, the previous two being Atlético in 2009/10 and Chelsea FC in 2012/13.

• The Iberian domination of the UEFA Europa League is reflected by the fact that Benfica will be the fourth finalists from Portugal, and Sevilla the fourth from Spain. Only one other country, England, has been involved in the competition decider, with two teams from the same West London borough: Fulham finishing runners-up in 2009/10 and Chelsea lifting the trophy in 2012/13.

Last updated: 02/05/14 11.08CET

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