Benfica aim for first Europa League success

13 May 2014 09:26:01 EST

Benfica take on Sevilla in the Europa League final looking for their first ever win in the competition.

Though the Portuguese champions have twice won the European Cup, they have never achieved the same success in the Europa League/UEFA Cup.

They have however twice been runners up, in 1983 when they lost to Anderlecht and last year, when Chelsea beat them 2-1. Fernando Torres gave the London side the lead only for Oscar Cardozo to equalise for Benfica.

However, Branislav Ivanovic scored the decisive goal for Chelsea in the final minute of stoppage time and losing in that manner will give Benfica plenty of motivation ahead of this year’s final.

Winning in Turin, apart from being their first Europa League success, would also bring to an end a seven game losing streak in European finals.

Since winning the European Cup in 1962, they have lost every final since, five in the European Cup and two in the UEFA Cup and will hope to bring that to an end against Sevilla.

They go into the game on the back of a defeat however, only their second in the Portuguese Liga as they went down 2-1 at FC Porto.

Benfica had already won the league title with two games to spare and therefore coach Jorge Jesus took the opportunity to rest players for the Sevilla game.

It will prove to be a season defining week for the club who are chasing a quadruple trophy success this season. Having already secured the Portuguese league and League Cup, they follow the Europa League decider with the final of the Taca de Portugal where Rio Ave await in the final.

Benfica are at 1/1 to win the Europa League final. Sevilla are at 1/1.

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