Benfica wrapped up their domestic title almost two weeks ago and are now back in the Europa League final.
They came out and defended. They had to know that a 0-0 draw was enough, and it was. Benfica and Juventus finished the second leg of this Europa League semi-final scoreless, and Benfica advanced 2-1 on aggregate.
It was desperate football, but it was smart, too. Benfica never looked like they were scrambling. When Benfica lost players, they only looked stronger.
Benfica never played with 9 or 10 men tonight on the pitch in Turin. Spirit of Eusebio was there for the whole 90'. Well done to Benfica.— Soccer Translator (@worldfootballcm) May 1, 2014
The final was supposed to be a celebration for Juventus. It is in Torino under two weeks from now, but Juventus will not be playing at home.
Here are a few things to consider from a wild night.