Jorge Jesus insisted that Benfica should have beaten Juventus by more than one goal, saying his team was denied “a clear penalty” during its 2-1 win in the first-leg of the Europa League semifinal at the Estadio da Luz on Thursday. The incident Jesus is referring to occurred in the second half when Enzo Perez fell over in the box following a challenge from Martin Caceres.
Juventus had 57 percent possession in Lisbon and Benfica scored with its only two shots on target. “We were justly winners,” the Benfica coach said after the game. “We could’ve scored more goals, in fact. The referee did not give us a clear penalty on Enzo Perez…The tie is still open, but we’re in a stronger position in Turin because we won. We knew that we were facing a great team and even while being defensive Juventus usually score goals.”
The Portuguese added: “We had to be perfect defensively and came close to achieving that. We only had a few difficulties on the Carlos Tevez goal, as that was great individual play. It was a spectacular game between two great teams and the first Juventus defeat in this Europa League. I think both sides showed what they can do and it was worthy of a Champions League tie.”