Benfica beats Juventus 2-1 in Europa League semis
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Substitute Lima scored in the 84th minute to give Benfica a 2-1 victory over Italy’s Juventus in the first-leg of their Europa League semifinal Thursday night.
Sevilla beat Valencia 2-0 in the other semifinal.
Central defender Ezequiel Garay opened the scoring for Benfica on a header in the second minute, and Carlos Tevez tied it for Serie A-leading Juventus in the 72nd minute.
In Seville, Spain, Stephane Mbia and Carlos Bacca scored in a four-minute span in the first half to lift Sevilla past Valencia in the first leg of the all-Spanish semifinal.
With his back to goal, Mbia backheeled Ivan Rakitic’s bouncing free kick over goalkeeper Victor Guaita in the 33rd minute. Bacca then raced free into the area to fire a low shot past Guaita.