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      21.04.2014 14:31 - in: Europa League S

      Benfica’s Europa League home form

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      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 Lisbon.

      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 there.

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