Juventus.com takes a look at how the Eagles have fared in the
competition at the Estadio Da Luz, where the Bianconeri will be lining
up for Thursday’s semi-final first leg
Benfica entered the Europa League as Juventus also did at the Round
of 32 stage, and their first outing at the Estadio Da Luz was the second
leg of that tie against PAOK.
After a 1-0 away win in Greece augured well for their chances of
making the next round, the Eagles didn’t disappoint in Lisbon, running
out a comfortable 3-0 win thanks to a Nicolas Gaitan free-kick, a Lima
penalty and a neat finish from substitute Lazar Marković – all in the
space of 10 minutes.
Tottenham were a tricky proposition next in the Last 16, but having
picked up an excellent 3-1 win away at White Hart Lane, a 2-2 draw in
Portugal was enough to see them through.
Lima again converted from the spot after Ezequiel Garay’s headed
opener to cancel out two Nacer Chadli goals against the run of play in
From there to the quarter-finals, and Jorge Jesus’ side kept up
their tradition of securing a positive away result to ensure they had a
good platform from which to take on AZ Alkmaar at home.
After the 1-0 win in Holland, 19-year-old striker Rodrigo struck
twice (set up both times by Eduardo Salvio) in a 2-0 home victory.
Overall, then, Benfica have reached their semi-final meeting with
Juventus undefeated at the Estadio Da Luz, conceding twice and keeping
clean sheets in two out of their three relatively comfortable outings