Europa League: Juventus v Benfica

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Europa League: Juventus v Benfica

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Juventus host Benfica in their Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday evening.

The Italians need to overturn 2-1 deficit from last week if they are to reach the final at their own stadium on May 14.

Midfielder Arturo Vidal is doubtful with a knee injury but otherwise coach Antonio Conte has a fully fit squad to choose from as Juve hunt a first European success since the 1996 Champions League.

Conte said: “Fear, we don’t know the word ‘fear’, but we know the word ‘respect’. Respect to the opponents, that could be Benfica, or even a second division club. Fear doesn’t exist for us, it’s not part of our vocabulary”.

Ezequiel Garay and Lima handed Jorge Jesus’ men the slight upper hand for Thursday’s tie but Carlos Tevez gave Juventus an important away goal and every chance of success in the return leg at home.

Benfica will be without Sílvio with a broken leg and the injured Lujbomir Fejsa while midfielder André Gomes is suspended as the newly crowned Portuguese champions hope to improve on last season’s runners-up finish.

Also on Thursday night Valencia host La Liga rivals Sevilla at home looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit.