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Benfica advances to second successive Europa League final despite 0-0 draw with Juventus

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 9:52am IST | Agency: ANI

London: Portuguese side Benfica has secured a goalless draw with tournament-favourite Juventus to advance to their second successive Europa League final on an aggregate of 2-1 on Thursday at the Juventus Stadium.

Although Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez got a second yellow card on 67 minutes, however, Juventus could not grab the opportunity to score a goal in the game.

According to the BBC, on-loan Dani Osvaldo had a goal ruled out for offside for Juventus before Martin Caceres' header was pushed away by Jan Oblak.

Benfica's Lazar Markovic and Juventus' Mirko Vucinic were dismissed from the bench after an injury-time scuffle and Markovic, along with Eduardo Salvio who is suspended after picking up a booking, will be missing when the Portuguese champions return to Juventus Stadium on 14 May for the final against Spanish side Sevilla.

Juventus failed to ensure a 'home' final and a chance to land their first piece of European silverware since their 1996 Champions League success, the report added.

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