Europa League: Rodrigo Lima’s late piledriver puts Benfica in control of Juventus tie
Thursday 24 April 2014
Rodrigo Lima’s stunning shot from the edge of the penalty area with six minutes to go gave Benfica a 2-1 home win over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first leg.
The Brazilian striker’s effort restored Benfica’s narrow advantage after Carlos Tevez had bought Juve level 11 minutes earlier with his first goal in European competition for five years.
Tevez had gone without a goal in Europe since scoring for Manchester United against Porto in the Champions League in April 2009 but equalised in the Stadium of Light with a neat sidestep and finish through goalkeeper Artur Moraes’ legs to reward the Italian side’s second-half determined display.
Ezequiel Garay, who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Manchester City, gave Benfica the lead after just two minutes with a far-post header.
In the other semi-final, Seville won 2-0 in the all-Spanish encounter with Valencia. Cameroon midfielder Stéphane Mbia, on loan from Queen’s Park Rangers, gave the home side the lead after 33 minutes. Columbian striker Carlos Bacca then rounded off a flowing Seville counter-attack three minutes later with an angled 15-yard drive.
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