National Sports News
Juventus, Benfica, AZ Alkmaar into Europa League quarterfinals
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:37 PM EDT
Andrea Pirlo scored on a free kick in the 71st minute, giving Juventus a 1-0 victory at Italian rival Fiorentina on Thursday night and a berth in the Europa League quarterfinals with a 2-1 aggregate win.
Benfica, which lost to Chelsea in last year's final, advanced on 5-3 aggregate after a 2-2 tie against Tottenham. Nacer Chadli scored in the 78th and 79th minutes for Spurs, while host Benfica got goals from Ezequiel Garay in the 34th and Lima in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time.
AZ Alkmaar and American forward Aron Johannsson advanced with a 0-0 tie at Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala and a 1-0 aggregate win. Lyon and Valencia also reached the final eight.