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      30.04.2014 12:51 - in: Europa League S

      Benfica’s previous visits to Turin

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      The Bianconeri were defeated by a Eusebio goal at the Stadio Comunale in 1963, but turned around the same 2-1 scoreline Juve are currently faced with when they next met Benfica in 1993

      There have been two previous European clashes between Juventus and Benfica in Turin, both in different competitions and eras.

      The first meeting dates back to 1968 in a European Cup semi-final second leg hosted at the Stadio Comunale.

      Reaching the final looked to be a bridge too far for Benfica to cross after the Bianconeri had pulled off an excellent 2-0 away win in Lisbon, and so it proved.

      Juve allowed Heriberto Herrera’s men only one goal, netted by a Eusebio at the peak of his powers (the ‘Black Panther’ would later win the European golden shoe that season).

      It was a different story in 1993, when Giovanni Trapattoni’s Juventus were challenging the Eagles for a place in the UEFA Cup semi-final.

      In the first leg on Portuguese soil, the Bianconeri had lost 2-1 – exactly the same balance of the current Europa League tie. But at the Delle Alpi the hosts managed to snatch a lead with just two minutes gone thanks to Jurgen Kohler, and Dino Baggio made it two before the break.

      From there, Trapattoni’s men (who included Antonio Conte that day) put the tie to bed through Fabrizio Ravanelli against a Benfica side which featured current club director of football Rui Costa and future Juve man Paulo Sousa.

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