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    22.04.2014 16:58 - in: Europa League S

    Benfica’s Primeira Liga season

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    Juve’s Europa League semi-final opponents are Portuguese champions for the 33rd time after a campaign in which they have won 23 out of their 28 fixtures so far

    Benfica approach Thursday’s Europa League semi-final clash as Portuguese champions, fresh from mathematically securing the title with a 2-0 home win over Olhanense on Sunday.

    And the Eagles’ course through their Primeira Liga fixtures this season has not been dissimilar to Juventus’ own in Serie A.

    With two games to go, Jorge Jesus’ men have a seven-point lead over nearest challengers Sporting and boast an overall record of 23 wins, four draws and a sole defeat.

    With 56 goals scored and 15 conceded, Benfica have confirmed themselves as the Portuguese top flight’s most prolific side in attack as well as the sturdiest in defence.

    Splitting that particular league table into home and away fixtures makes no difference to the final result, either: the Eagles remain first on both counts.

    In fact, one of the only areas in which they haven’t come out on top so far is the goalscorers leaderboard. Heading it up with 19 strikes is Porto’s Columbian striker Jackson Martinez, while Benfica’s Lima is one goal behind Maritimo’s Derly in third place with 14.

    A notably recurring aspect of the Eagles’ title-winning season (their 33rd) has been going into the half-time break with the upper hand. They have finished the first 45 minutes ahead in no less than 16 of their 23 wins.

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