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Lima puts Benfica on top against Juventus

Published: Thursday 24 April 2014, 23.14CET
SL Benfica 2-1 Juventus
Substitute Lima's vicious late strike regained the initiative for the Eagles after Carlos Tévez cancelled out Ezequiel Garay's early header.
by Pedro Gonçalves
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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Published: Thursday 24 April 2014, 23.14CET

Lima puts Benfica on top against Juventus

SL Benfica 2-1 Juventus
Substitute Lima's vicious late strike regained the initiative for the Eagles after Carlos Tévez cancelled out Ezequiel Garay's early header.

Lima regained the initiative for SL Benfica with a fearsome strike in the 84th minute after Juventus had dominated much of the sides' UEFA Europa League semi-final opener.

Trailing to Ezequiel Garay's header after just two minutes, the Italian champions slowly worked their way back into contention, and were rewarded midway through the second half when Carlos Tévez scored his first goal in UEFA competition in over five years. However, Lima provided the sting in the tail, leaving Jorge Jesus's side knowing that a clean sheet in Turin will put them in the final for a second season in succession.

The Eagles seized the initiative from the off and were soon in front, Miralem Sulejmani's corner from the left picking out Garay, whose downward header brushed Gianluigi Buffon's fingertips on the way into the net. Serbia playmaker Sulejmani then shot wide after a ball from compatriot Lazar Marković, with Benfica's tactic of using Rodrigo and Enzo Pérez to neutralise the threat of Andrea Pirlo initially very successful.

Antonio Conte's men slowly found their feet, though, the energetic Tévez forcing Benfica's midfield to drop deeper, though Luisão and Garay did well to prevent the Argentinian, Mirko Vučinić and Paul Pogba from getting a sight of goal.

The pressure only intensified after the interval. Artur had to be alert to his former AS Roma team-mate Vučinić after Pirlo floated a dangerous ball into the box, and made a fine diving save from Pogba after Claudio Marchisio had compelled him to come off his line. Eventually, Benfica buckled. Kwadwo Asamoah got free on the left and cut the ball back for Tévez, who surged through the Benfica defence and rolled a tidy shot past Artur.

Somewhat surprisingly given the run of play, Benfica responded, Lima's bullet shot from the edge of the box capping a swift sally up the right. Marković then put a shot wide from a decent position, before Artur sprang to his side's defence once more, blocking a powerful Marchisio shot in added time.

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

juventus

Juventus

1
ArturArtur (GK)
Yellow Card71
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Substitution62
4
CáceresMartín Cáceres
8
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Substitution60
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
Yellow Card45
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
16
SiqueiraGuilherme Siqueira
9
VučinićMirko Vučinić
Substitution65
19
RodrigoRodrigo
10
TévezCarlos Tévez
Goal73
Substitution82
24
GarayEzequiel Garay
Goal2
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
30
André GomesAndré Gomes
Yellow Card34
Substitution82
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
35
PérezEnzo Pérez
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
50
L. MarkovićLazar Marković
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner

Substitutes

41
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
6
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
5
OgbonnaAngelo Ogbonna
10
DjuričićFilip Djuričić
12
GiovincoSebastian Giovinco
Substitution65
11
LimaLima
Substitution62
Goal84
14
LlorenteFernando Llorente
33
JardelJardel
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
34
André AlmeidaAndré Almeida
Substitution60
Yellow Card88
18
Osvaldo Pablo Osvaldo
Substitution82
90
Ivan CavaleiroIvan Cavaleiro
Substitution82
20
PadoinSimone Padoin

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Antonio Conte (ITA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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