Lima's powerful late strike gave Benfica a narrow advantage over Juventus in a high-quality Europa League semi-final first leg.

The hosts, who were crowned Portuguese champions on Sunday, went ahead early on as Ezequiel Garay's header crept in.

They did not make more of their first-half dominance and Carlos Tevez levelled for Juventus after shimmying thorough a packed penalty box.

But Benfica recovered with Lima's effort sparking wild celebrations.

Claudio Marchisio and Giorgio Chiellini both had chances to spoil the party, but Benfica just about escaped with their lead intact despite sitting back once again.

With the final to be played at Juventus Stadium, the visitors' ambitions of ending an 18-year wait for European silverware in front of a 'home' crowd were dented by Garay's early effort.

With less than two minutes on the clock, the Argentina defender rose above Leonardo Bonucci to head Miralem Sulejmani's corner past an unconvincing Gianluigi Buffon.

Conte me in

Juventus manager Antonio Conte played in the club's last match away to Benfica, back in March 1993. The Old Lady lost 2-1 on that occasion as well, but won the second leg en route to lifting the Uefa Cup.

The 27-year-old centre-back has long been linked with a move to Manchester United and, with his contract expiring at the end of next season, caught the eye with another polished performance.

His team matched those standards in the first half, pressing high and bristling with danger as they broke at pace,

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was Juventus' most threatening player, but his energetic bursts down the right often left his team-mates behind as regularly as his opponents.

Juventus were kept waiting on the pitch as Benfica took their time to emerge for the second half, but the gamesmanship seemed to backfire as the Italians dominated after the interval.

Stephan Lichtsteiner's dangerous cross had been hacked clear by Maxi Pereira ahead of a lurking Claudio Marchisio before Tevez struck.

The former Manchester City striker's first touch initially seemed heavy from Kwadwo Asamoah's cutback but, as Luisao closed in, he feinted to shoot, skated round the defender and poked a finish between the goalkeeper's legs.

With parity and an away goal, Juventus might have hoped to shut the game down, but they could not hold out as Benfica roused themselves once again.

Just 11 minutes later, a slick attack ended with Lima burying an explosive shot beyond Buffon after a neat dummy from Ivan Cavaleiro.

The tie could have taken another twist but Marchisio and Chiellini shot straight at Artur with space and time to do better.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Benfica

  • 01 Artur Moraes Booked
  • 14 Maxi Pereira
  • 16 Siqueira
  • 35 Pérez
  • 04 Luisão
  • 24 Garay
  • 50 Markovic
  • 30 André Gomes Booked (Cavaleiro - 82' )
  • 07 Cardozo (Lima - 63' )
  • 19 Rodrigo
  • 08 Sulejmani (Almeida - 61' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 06 Amorim
  • 10 Djuricic
  • 11 Lima
  • 33 Jardel
  • 34 Almeida
  • 41 Oblak
  • 90 Cavaleiro

Juventus

  • 01 Buffon
  • 26 Lichtsteiner
  • 22 Asamoah
  • 03 Chiellini
  • 19 Bonucci
  • 04 Cáceres
  • 06 Pogba Booked
  • 08 Marchisio
  • 09 Vucinic (Giovinco - 66' )
  • 10 Tévez (Osvaldo - 83' )
  • 21 Pirlo

Substitutes

  • 05 Ogbonna
  • 12 Giovinco
  • 14 Llorente
  • 15 Barzagli
  • 18 Osvaldo
  • 20 Padoin
  • 30 Storari
Ref: Cüneyt Çakir

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

2 5

Corners

3 6

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Benfica 2, Juventus 1.

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Benfica 2, Juventus 1.

90:00 +2:42

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Martín Cáceres.

90:00 +2:40

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lima.

90:00 +2:04

Attempt missed. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio following a set piece situation.

90:00 +1:41

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:41

Foul by Lima (Benfica).

89:32

Offside, Juventus. Andrea Pirlo tries a through ball, but Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is caught offside.

89:02

Attempt blocked. Martín Cáceres (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:42

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Guillherme Siqueira.

88:26

Attempt saved. Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

87:44 Booking

Booking André Almeida (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.

87:30

Offside, Juventus. Andrea Pirlo tries a through ball, but Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is caught offside.

86:34

Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).

86:34

Maxi Pereira (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:56

Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:56

Foul by André Almeida (Benfica).

85:17

Attempt missed. Lazar Markovic (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lima.

83:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Benfica 2, Juventus 1. Lima (Benfica) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Enzo Pérez.

82:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Juventus. Pablo Daniel Osvaldo replaces Carlos Tévez.

81:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Benfica. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces André Gomes.

79:51

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

79:51

Lima (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:05

Carlos Tévez (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:05

Foul by André Almeida (Benfica).

72:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Benfica 1, Juventus 1. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kwadwo Asamoah.

72:02

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:02

Foul by André Gomes (Benfica).

70:48 Booking

Booking Artur Moraes (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.

68:58

Attempt missed. Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo.

66:42

Attempt missed. Luisão (Benfica) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

66:12

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Giorgio Chiellini.

65:46

Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).

65:46

Lima (Benfica) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Juventus. Sebastian Giovinco replaces Mirko Vucinic.

63:08

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

63:06

Attempt blocked. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mirko Vucinic.

62:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Benfica. Lima replaces Óscar Cardozo.

61:39

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:39

Foul by Maxi Pereira (Benfica).

60:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Benfica. André Almeida replaces Miralem Sulejmani.

59:32

Foul by Mirko Vucinic (Juventus).

59:32

Enzo Pérez (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:14

Carlos Tévez (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:14

Foul by Enzo Pérez (Benfica).

56:57

Offside, Juventus. Giorgio Chiellini tries a through ball, but Mirko Vucinic is caught offside.

56:28

Attempt saved. Mirko Vucinic (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo with a through ball.

54:28

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Artur Moraes.

54:25

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio with a cross.

53:33

Dangerous play by Mirko Vucinic (Juventus).

53:33

Luisão (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:58

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:58

Foul by Rodrigo (Benfica).

45:00

Second Half begins Benfica 1, Juventus 0.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Benfica 1, Juventus 0.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by André Gomes (Benfica).

45:00 +0:47

Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:30 Booking

Booking Paul Pogba (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:26

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

44:26

Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:35

Carlos Tévez (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:35

Dangerous play by Enzo Pérez (Benfica).

41:14

Martín Cáceres (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:14

Foul by Óscar Cardozo (Benfica).

40:32

Foul by Carlos Tévez (Juventus).

40:32

Enzo Pérez (Benfica) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:08

Attempt missed. Lazar Markovic (Benfica) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Enzo Pérez.

39:12

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Miralem Sulejmani.

38:49

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Guillherme Siqueira.

38:28

Hand ball by Enzo Pérez (Benfica).

37:24

Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:24

Foul by Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus).

35:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:00

Delay in match Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) because of an injury.

33:43 Booking

Booking André Gomes (Benfica) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:32

Paul Pogba (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:32

Foul by André Gomes (Benfica).

31:57

Offside, Juventus. Claudio Marchisio tries a through ball, but Stephan Lichtsteiner is caught offside.

31:39

Foul by Maxi Pereira (Benfica).

31:39

Claudio Marchisio (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:32

Attempt blocked. Mirko Vucinic (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.

26:27

Offside, Juventus. Andrea Pirlo tries a through ball, but Giorgio Chiellini is caught offside.

25:52

Foul by Maxi Pereira (Benfica).

25:52

Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:17

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Luisão.

20:56

Foul by André Gomes (Benfica).

20:56

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:44

Attempt blocked. Óscar Cardozo (Benfica) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Sulejmani.

17:40

Guillherme Siqueira (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:40

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

16:54

André Gomes (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:54

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

13:42

Attempt saved. Carlos Tévez (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo.

13:35

Foul by Óscar Cardozo (Benfica).

13:35

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:35

André Gomes (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:35

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

10:29

Attempt missed. Miralem Sulejmani (Benfica) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lazar Markovic following a fast break.

9:40

Foul by Ezequiel Garay (Benfica).

9:40

Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:20

Miralem Sulejmani (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:20

Foul by Paul Pogba (Juventus).

3:14

Offside, Juventus. Stephan Lichtsteiner tries a through ball, but Mirko Vucinic is caught offside.

1:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Benfica 1, Juventus 0. Ezequiel Garay (Benfica) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Miralem Sulejmani with a cross following a corner.

1:26

Corner, Benfica. Conceded by Stephan Lichtsteiner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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