Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sevilla vs Benfica Europa League final - May 14, 2014

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FC Sevilla vs Benfica Lisbon - Competition: Europa League − 2013/2014 − Final
Sevilla advanced to the great final after unbelievable and dramatic encounter with another Spanish team - Valencia. In the first leg Sevilla managed to win at home 2:0. The second leg was a completely different story - Valencia was winning 3:0 after 70 minutes and were theoretically in the final. But at the end the incredible had happened – 15 seconds before the end of additional time (95th minute) M’Bia scored the 3:1 and secured the final for FC Sevilla. This moment was obviously a bitter one for Valencia and of course lucky for Los Rojiblancos. Furthermore, it was the only sunshine in a cloudy period of time. Sevilla haven’t been able to win 4 games (3 defeats and a draw). What may concern them is that they lost their last league game against Getafe 1:0. However Europe League seems to be a completely different story for Sevilla this season. Considering their position in the Primera Division they can be sure about their participation in the next Europa League Season. But now they want to win this one of course.
Benfica was better than Juventus. Surprise, surprise! Portuguese won the first leg 2:1 and drew goalless the second. This encounter was also very dramatic - Benfica ended up playing with only 9 players, after Perez and Marković got the red card. The team from Lisbon showed they can win with everyone and survive everything. It is a very good time for Benfica, not only in EL. They won the Portuguese championship having 7 points more than second Sporting Lisbon. Overall in the last 48 games they lost only 4 games, drew 6 and won 38. However Benfica lost their last league game against FC Porto 2:1 but the manager Jesus left his best men resting before the big game in Turin. A little bit of a problem could be the absence of the two booked players but the team will certainly do their best to fulfil the gap. Benfica still have a chance to win the triple crown – apart from Portugal championship and EL, they will play for the win in the Portuguese Cup against Rio Ave on Sunday.

Match date: Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Juventus Arena, Torino, Italy
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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