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UEFA Europa League: Juventus loses to Benfica in first leg of semi-finals

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Italian club team Juventus FC loses to Portuguese club team SL Benfica on Thursday afternoon in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. The final score was 2-1 in favor of the Portuguese club team.

As reported by ESPN on Thursday, the first leg was played at the Estadio Da Luz, home of Benfica, in Portugal. Benfica defeated Juve, 2-1, with the last goal scored in the 84th minute.

Juve was trailing all game as the Portuguese club scored very early in the match. The goal for the Portuguese outfit was made by Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay in the second minute of the game with a spectacular header.

The Italian club team desperately tried to tie the game, but did not accomplish the goal until the second half. It was another Argentine that scored the second goal of the game, but he was wearing a Juve jersey.

Juve tied it in the 73rd minute via Carlos Tevez, Argentine striker for Juventus. Tevez maneuvered his way from the top of the box and shot past Benfica’s goalkeeper Artur.

The tie did not last long for the Italian team, as another goal was scored for the Portuguese side. Albanian striker Lima scored for the Portuguese club in the 84th minute, giving little room for Juve to make another try to tie the score.

In the end, Benfica took the victory with the second leg to be played next week in Turin, Italy, home of Juve. At home, Juve has won all 17 games played in their domestic league, Serie A, so far with only four games left.

The second leg for the UEFA Europa League semi-finals between Juventus FC and SL Benfica will be played on May 1. Benfica has to at least hold on to a tie with Juve in order to advance into the finals.