Italian football`s drought in winning Europe`s major tournaments continued, as Juventus failed to break a gritty Benfica defence in the semi-final of Europa League on Thursday. Antonio Conte`s side drew the match at 0-0 home and bowed out over two legs against Jesus Jorge`s side. The final which is to be held at Juventus stadium in Turin, will see Benfica pitted against Spanish side Sevilla. It was the best chance for the Serie A leaders to play at their home ground in front of their fans and en
Valencia turned the tables on a stunned Basle side to reach the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday with a 5-0 win after extra time thanks to a Paco Alcacer hat-trick as they recovered from a three-goal first-leg deficit.
Serie A leaders Juventus host Olympique Lyon at home in their Europa League quarter-final second leg tie on Thursday. Antonio Conte knows well how a passage to the semi-final would mean for the Old Lady of Turin and Italian football. The final of the Europa League is to be played in Juventus` ground in Turin on May 14 and the Italian champions are desperate to lift the trophy at home in front of their fans. If they win Europe`s second most coveted trophy, it will see Italian football in a high a
Juventus`s Leonardo Bonucci scored a valuable away goal in the 85th minute to snatch a 1-0 win over Olympique Lyon in their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday and Basel, Porto and Benfica also grabbed first-leg victories.