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Benfica to meet Sevilla in Europa League final

ESPN staff
May 1, 2014
Sevilla and Benfica through to Europa League final

Benfica held Juventus to a goalless draw to earn a return trip to Turin to face Sevilla, who scored late at Valencia, in the Europa League final.

The Portuguese champions carried a 2-1 lead into the game in Turin and held on with Juve's best chance coming late in the first half.

Defender Luisao made a goal-line clearance for Benfica from Arturo Vidal's header with the visiting goalkeeper Jan Oblak already beaten.

Benfica had midfielder Enzo Perez sent off for a double booking with 23 minutes remaining but defended deeply to hold on.

Jorge Jesus' side will meet Sevilla in the final on May 14 at the Juventus stadium, the venue of tonight's game.

Stephane Mbia scored the decisive goal for Sevilla in added time © Getty Images

Stephane Mbia headed home a dramatic stoppage-time winner to send Sevilla through to the final on away goals at the expense of Valencia, who were denied a stunning comeback in heartbreaking fashion.

Sevilla led 2-0 from the first leg but looked on their way out as Valencia scored three times at the Mestalla through Sofiane Feghouli, an Antonio Beto own goal and Jeremy Mathieu to take a deserved 3-2 lead on aggregate.

However, just as it looked as though Juan Antonio Pizzi's side would record another remarkable recovery having overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit to beat Basle 5-3 in the quarter-finals, on-loan QPR midfielder Mbia rose to power home a header four minutes into injury time for the decisive away goal in a 3-1 defeat.

There was not enough time for crushed Valencia to respond after that as 2006 and 2007 UEFA Cup winners Sevilla held on.

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