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Benfica set to host Juventus in Europa League semifinal

This matchup between two similar sides could be one of the more entertaining this year

Benfica's Ezequiel Garay, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Benfica and Juventus ,Thursday, April 24 2014, at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon
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Benfica's Ezequiel Garay, center, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League semifinal first leg soccer match between Benfica and Juventus ,Thursday, April 24 2014, at Benfica's Luz stadium in Lisbon. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

SOCCERLY.COM: Benfica will host Juventus at the Stadio de Luz, in the first leg of the Europa League Semi-final on Thursday. Neither team has tasted success in Europe in recent times, and both will be hoping to be in the Final come May 14. These two teams share many similarities on and off the pitch, which is why this may be one of the most enticing Europa League Semi-finals we've seen in quite a while.

Both Juventus and Benfica have had stellar campaigns in domestic action this season, with Benfica clinching the Portuguese Liga Sagres on Sunday, while Juventus is on track for a record campaign in Italy's Serie A. Neither Benfica nor Juventus have lost at home during league play or the Europa League this season, and both will feel confident ahead of Thursday's clash in Lisbon. ... read more at Soccerly.com

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