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Estadio da Luz

Referee: Stephane Lannoy | Attendance: 55402

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  • Nicolas Gaitán 9'
  • Óscar Cardozo 35'
  • Óscar Cardozo 66'

3 - 1


2nd leg: 3 - 2 (Agg)


  • Dirk Kuyt 23' PEN

Jesus backs Benfica to rise again

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is confident his side can progress to the Europa League final when they face Fenerbahce.

The Portuguese league leaders trail 1-0 from the first leg in Turkey thanks to Egemen Korkmaz's goal and are fortunate not to be further behind after being dominated for large parts of the match at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.

The hosts hit the woodwork three times, including once from the penalty spot, as they looked to put the tie to bed, but Jesus' men held on to a one-goal deficit and the coach is confident that they can make it to the final in Amsterdam.

``It is a result that is dangerous but also gives confidence that we can turn it around,'' he told a press conference.

``We have some experience of these matches in the Europa League and the Champions League so we are calm.

``We will not change anything that we have done throughout this Europa League campaign.

``We trust and hope that the fans will also help us.''

The Turkish side have a formidable record away from home in this season's competition and have yet to taste defeat, while they claimed an impressive win in Marseille in the group stages.

They also held Lazio to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico in the second leg of their quarter-final, but Barcelona are the only visitors to have claimed a win at the Estadio da Luz this season and Jesus believes that could be key.

``Benfica will continue to do what we have done at home and we believe that we will be in the final,'' he said.

``We will give everything for this to be a reality.''

While Jesus may have a fully-fit squad to choose from, the coach will be without Dutch midfielder Ola John who received a yellow card in the first leg and is suspended.

Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow believes it will be a huge boost for Turkish football if the club can reach the final.

Only once before has a team from Turkey won a major European competition, Fenerbahce's bitter rivals Galatasaray tasting UEFA Cup success in 2000 following a penalty shootout win over Arsenal.

And Fener's progression would complete an impressive season for Turkish clubs in Europe after Gala reached the Champions League quarter-finals.

``It's something massive for the club to be in the Europe League semi-final,'' Sow, who has excelled in Turkey since his move from Lille in January last year, told uefa.com.

``Right now we are achieving something huge. We're in the semi-finals, we're about to face Benfica and for the club, for the fans, for Turkey, it's something exceptional.

``We will do everything to reach the final and why not win the trophy?''

Fener, who upset the odds to defeat Lazio in the quarter-finals, would dearly love to follow in the footsteps of city rivals Gala by gaining European success.

``It would mean a lot (to win),'' Sow, 27, added. ``A Turkish club has already won the Europa League so why not Fenerbahce this time?

``I am dreaming a lot, but first of all we have Benfica and we will take it step by step. But it's true that I think about it a bit.``

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