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Benfica, Sevilla in Europa Cup final

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

PARIS - Benfica and Sevilla reached the Europa League final yesterday, further cementing an Iberian grip on the continent's game.

In a week which had already seen Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid set-up a Champions League title showdown, Europe's second-tier tournament followed a similar script.

Benfica, runners-up to Chelsea in last year's final, weathered a Juventus onslaught in Turin to hold out for a 0-0 draw and a 2-1 semi-final aggregate win.

They ensured the stalemate despite having Enzo Perez sent off for a second bookable offence with 23 minutes to play.

The Portuguese side restricted the Italians to only a handful of serious opportunities as Juventus failed to score at home for the first time in 25 matches this season.

The loss also denied Juventus, who are heading for the Serie A title this season, the opportunity to play the May 14 final on their home ground.

Cameroon international Stephane Mbia headed home in the fifth minute of stoppage time to take Sevilla into the final on away goals despite losing 3-1 on the night away to Valencia.

An early strike from Sofiane Feghouli and Beto's own goal had wiped out Sevilla's 2-0 first leg advantage inside 25 minutes.

Jeremy Mathieu's goal midway through the second-half then seemed to have Valencia on route to the final, but Mbia, on-loan from Queens Park Rangers, powered home Federico Fazio's flick-on from a long throw to deny Los Che with the last attack of the game.

"I think it is the happiest moment of my life," said Mbia, who also scored in the first leg. "It is unbelievable. I don't have the words to describe it."








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