Italian team Juventus was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League on Thursday afternoon by Portuguese team Benfica. The game played in Turin, Italy, on Thursday was the second-leg match between the two teams as it ended in a scoreless draw.
It was reported by ESPN Deportes that the Italian team Juve had the edge on Benfica on Thursday afternoon. Stats favored the Italian team heavily, but the results ended in Benfica’s favor.
Juve took 18 shots on the Portuguese side. Benfica only took two shots during the whole match. Additionally, Juve controlled the ball 58% of the time compared to Benfica’s 42%.
While controlling the whole game, Juventus was not able to score one goal. If the goal would have been made, Juve would have moved on to the finals of the UEFA Europa League.
See, for the first leg, Benfica won 2-1 in Portugal a week ago. Juventus only needed to score one goal in Turin to move on.
Despite having a global score tied at 2-2, the Italian club team would have moved on for having scored away. In other words, the scoring-away rule would take effect.
Anyhow, the goal did not happen for the high-scoring Italian team Juve. Instead, Juventus will have to go concentrate on their domestic league where they are about to win the title for a third time consecutively.
Also, to add to injury, Benfica had a red card in the 67th minute, given to Uruguayan midfielder Enzo Perez for two cautions. So, Juventus had more than 23 minutes to score the goal with a one man advantage that would have taken them to the finals.
Juve is tied with two other teams for having to most UEFA Europa League titles. The other two are Internazionale from Italy and Liverpool from England. These three teams have three cups each.
The last time Juventus won the Europa League title was in 1995. As for next year, Juve will be participating in the UEFA Champions League, which is the best international club team tournament in Europe.