25 Apr 2014

Lima blasts Benfica to Juve win as Sevilla cruise

10:04 am on 25 April 2014

A stunning late goal from Brazilian Lima gave Benfica a 2-1 home win over Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League football semi-final while Sevilla won 2-0 against visitors Valencia to seize the initiative in their all-Spanish clash.

Benfica scored early through Ezequiel Garay and were resolute in defence for 73 minutes, before Carlos Tevez calmly slotted home to end a European goal-drought stretching back to April 2009 to give the visitors a priceless away goal.

Yet the smiles were wiped off the Juventus faces with a flash of Lima's right boot as the forward arrived late in the penalty area to drill the ball into the top corner and put the hosts ahead in the tie heading into next week's return leg in Turin.

Sevilla took the lead with an improvised backheel from Stephane Mbia in the 33rd minute of their clash with La Liga rivals and the hosts doubled their advantage three minutes later through Carlos Bacca to take a handy advantage into the return leg.