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Champions League: Juventus Into Quarter-Finals

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Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty ensured Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons, seeing off a Porto side who again played more than half the game with ten men.

Two-nil up from their trip to Portugal three weeks ago, Juventus initially looked set to seize the initiative once again, with Dybala twice trying his luck in the opening ten minutes.

Dybala fires Juve past depleted Porto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala helped fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 1-0 win sent the Serie A champions through 3-0 on aggregate.

Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo had hailed Juve’s 20-game unbeaten home run in Europe as he played down the Portuguese side’s chances of overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat at the Estadio do Dragao.

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Thursday Kickoff: Sevilla win Europa League; Arsenal preparing Benzema bid; and more

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By DAN KARELL

For the third time in club history, Sevilla have won the UEFA Europa League.

In the final against Benfica where both goalkeepers starred at Juventus Stadium in Torino, penalty kicks were needed to decide a game that finished 0-0 after 120 minutes of action.

Benfica boss: Blues have no chance

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Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has joined club president Luis Felipe Vieira in questioning the performance of referee Damir Skomina during the Portuguese outfit's 2-1 second leg defeat away to Chelsea and believes the Blues will not offer any resistance to holders Barcelona in the semifinals.

A Javi Garcia header, with five minutes to go, brought Benfica within a goal of progress despite playing with 10 men for the entire second half at Stamford Bridge following the 40th minute dismissal of winger Maxi Pereira.

Maxi Pereira out of action with injury

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Benfica right back Maxi Pereira suffered an injury in the Champions League clash against Basel on Tuesday. Pereira was substituted in the 78th minute by Miguel Vitor after injuring his right thigh and could be out of action for 2 to 3 weeks.

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After Javier Mascherano Collision, FIFA Must Take Head Injuries More Seriously

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Argentina defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano suffered a significant concussion in Wednesday night's World Cup semi-final against Netherlands after clashing heads withGeorginio Wijnaldum. Seconds after the collision, Mascherano stumbled in a daze, and looked like he was going to fall head first on to the grass, before he turned and fell down.

Uruguay on brink of World Cup berth after routing Jordan in playoff first leg

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Forget having one foot in the door. Uruguay is as close to having both in as any team could after playing just the first leg of a playoff series.

Uruguay all but looked to have assured its place in next summer's World Cup in Brazil on Wednesday by going on the road and thrashing Jordan, 5-0.