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Heartbreak for Kwadwo Asamoah as Juventus fail to reach Europa League final

Published on: 01 May 2014
Kwadwo Asamoah

Kwadwo Asamoah’s dream of winning a European title scuttled on Thursday night as his side Juventus drew 0-0 with Benfica at home to record an aggregate 2-1 defeat in the semi-final of the Europa League.

The Ghana international played the entire duration as the Old Lady dominated play but could not score the newly-crowned Portuguese champions.

The Bianconeri had to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit if they were to play the Europa League Final on home turf.

Diego Armando Maradona was in the stands as a personal guest of Carlos Tevez, even though his representative claimed he would be supporting Benfica.

Leonardo Bonucci, on his 27th birthday, stood his ground for a great block on Rodrigo and Maxi Pereira did the same to stop Paul Pogba pulling the trigger moments later.

Fernando Llorente knocked down a Kwadwo Asamoah cross for Andrea Pirlo’s screamer, which was fingertipped over the bar. Vidal volleyed a Pirlo assist on to the roof of the net in an audacious finish.

An even more spectacular Tevez volley was just over from 12 yards, while Lichtsteiner drilled straight at Oblak when he should’ve passed on a counter.

Benfica went down to 10 men on 67 minutes, as Enzo Perellow card for bringing down Vidal.

Tevez aimed a weak effort straight at Oblak, so Antonio Conte threw on Sebastian Giovinco for Bonucci, then Daniel Osvaldo and Claudio Marchisio too.

Lichtsteiner had the chance to win it when he sprung the offside trap to get on the end of a Pirlo chipped pass, but his first touch was awful.

Osvaldo had the ball in the net, but play was halted for Pogba’s offside position as he acrobatically volleyed a Marchisio cross back into the middle.

Conte furiously accused Markovic of time-wasting, as he wanted a stretcher before being replaced by Sulejmani.

After another bout of gamesmanship, a brawl broke out on the touchline between Mirko Vucinic and Markovic, who were both sent off from the bench and will therefore be suspended.

There was a significant period of stoppages when Pogba landed on Garay’s face with studs at the end of an overhead kick, leaving him bloodied and needing a stretcher, so Benfica went down to nine men.

English referee Mark Clattenburg awarded six minutes of stoppages and Tevez blasted straight at Oblak and a Salvio handling offence gave Pirlo a last-gasp free kick.

That deflected out for a corner, from which Buffon came up, but Caceres saw his header saved by some fantastic Oblak reflexes.

 

Comments

  • access says:
    May 02, 2014 01:52 am
    This team will win world cup for Africa....Formation:4-3-3 ===============Kwarasey================ Essien------Boye----Vorsah----Muntari Badu------------KP.Boateng-------Ayew Waris---------------Gyan---------Kojo
  • apiangalege says:
    May 02, 2014 05:52 am
    Delusion!
  • askantwi says:
    May 02, 2014 06:06 am
    That is a very poor defence. A team like this would never get out of the group stage. Essien and Muntari cannot run anymore and definitely cannot play at full backs. Vorsah is off form and haven't played in a year. Please, give us a break here. You must have been drunk to come out with such a line up. We need quick and witty full backs to deal with young, fast and slick wingers. As well as central defenders who are equally fit with pace to deal with strikers with Ronaldo's caliber. And that line up is as follow; KWARASSEY INKOOM OPARE AKAMINKO BOYE BADU ANDRE WARISS GYAN KEVIN ASAMOAH Or better still; KWARASSEY INKOOM OPARE AKAMINKO BOYE FRIMPONG ANDRE KEVIN GYAN ASAMOAH ATSU
  • askantwi says:
    May 02, 2014 06:23 am
    GHANA's top 23: KWARASSEY FATAU ADAMS INKOOM AFFUL OPARE JONATHAN AKAMINKO BOYE SUMAILA BADU FRIMPONG ESSIEN MUNTARI KEVIN KWADWO GYAN ANDRE WARISS ATSU ANTWI WAKASO ACCAM However, the following players also have a chance ADOMAH SCHLUPP JORDAN (Daddy's influence major factor) RABIU ANNAN ACHEAMPONG ACQUAH BOAKYE-YIADOM
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    May 02, 2014 07:36 am
    Awwww I feel so sorry for KASA, the old lady deserved to be in the finals as its gonna be played in their own stadium in Turin. I tipped them to win the trophy and appease their fans for the early UCL exit, that last minute goal they conceded in Lisbon was their undoing despite that I was expecting them to overturn the tie in Turin due to their impressive home record buh that wasn't the case. That's football for you a crazy game indeed, better luck next time KASA.
  • Chu says:
    May 02, 2014 08:05 am
    KP as a holding midfielder? Failure. That alone will crash Dr whole team
  • Chu says:
    May 02, 2014 08:13 am
    Benfica is just going to waste the final slot. They've been cursed by that Jewish coach. Watch and see. Seville are champions