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Sevilla vs Benfica in Europa League final

All-Iberia again: Sevilla vs Benfica in Europa League final makes

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:52 p.m.

The final of European soccer’s No. 2 club tournament will be an all-Iberian matchup, just like in the Champions League.

Benfica and Sevilla will meet in the Europa League final at Turin on May 14, 10 days before Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid play in the Champions League final at Lisbon.

Sevilla, the 2006 and 2007 winner, advanced despite a 3-1 loss at Valencia on Thursday night. Stephane Mbia scored on a header in the fourth minute of stoppage time, tying the aggregate 3-3 in the home-and-home, total-goals series and allowing Sevilla to advance on 1-0 away goals.

Valencia built a 3-0 lead on goals by Sofiane Feghouli in the 14th and Jeremy Mathieu in the 69th around an own goal by Beto in the 26th when Jonas’ header hit the crossbar and bounced off the goalkeeper and in.

Bentica tied 0-0 at Juventus to advance on 2-1 aggregate. The visitors played a man short after midfielder Enzo Perez was ejected in the 67th minute for his second yellow card, given for a foul on Arturo Vidal.

Benfica lost in the final in 1983 and last year. Juventus was hoping to reach the final it is hosting.




 In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. The state jobless rate has dropped for four straight months and is at its lowest point since October 2008. Illinois has lagged the country as a whole in its recovery from recession, and the state's unemployment rate has been among the worst in the country for months. Thursday's report provides signs that Illinois may be starting to catch up. Construction companies added 3,500 jobs in June, an increase of 1.8 percent. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Updated on July 20, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.
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