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Juve Into Europa League Last Four

Juventus booked their spot in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League after they defeated Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 in their quarter-final second leg tie at the Juventus Stadium.

The Italians advance to the last four by winning the two-legged affair. 3-1 on aggregate, after they had beaten Lyon 1-0 in the first leg.

The home side got off to the perfect start as Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo curled home a free kick from 25-yards out.

After slow start to the game Lyon leveled matters in the 18th minute with their first effort on target, as Jimmy Briand headed home from close range.

Kwadwo Asamoah tried his luck from distance in the 26th minute as the Ghanaian's powerful effort went just wide of the left-hand post.

Three minutes later and the visitors threatened again, as Maxime Gonalons' long range strike produced a fine save from Gianluigi Buffon.

The first opportunity of the second half arrived 10 minutes after the restart, as Asamoah's strike from distance forced Anthony Lopes into a fine save.

Four minutes later Alexandre Lacazette decided to have a go from distance but the Lyon striker's effort went wide of the right-hand post.

Arnold Mvuemba almost gave Lyon the lead in the 67th minute but the midfielder's effort from distance forced Buffon into a fine stop.

Claudio Marchisio restored Juventus' lead four minutes later with delightful finish from outside the area.

The French outfit went in search fof a equaliser and were nearly rewarded in the 72nd minute as Jordan Ferri's long range strike flew just wide of the mark.

Bafétimbi Gomis almost leveled matters in the 79th minute but only a fine save from Buffon denied the striker from distance.

Sebastian Giovinco nearly added a third in the 88th minute but the Italian managed to fire wide of the target from close range but Juventus held on for the win and progressed into the final of the tournament.


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