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The best Tweets as ‘cursed’ Benfica beat Juventus to again reach the Europa League final

After their tragic end to last season, Benfica deserve massive credit for dusting themselves down and returning to the Europa League final.

The Portuguese champions lost last year’s final to Chelsea in extremis, which provoked the usual slew of jokes about them being powerless to the Bela Guttman curse – the Hungarian coach – who prophecized that they wouldn’t win another European Cup for 100 years, way back in 1962.

Can they beat the hoodoo this year and put paid to the Guttman shtick?

They’ll never get a better chance: having deservedly beaten Juventus in the semis, they now face Sevilla in the final. They have to fancy themselves.

What of Juve? The Italian champions were everyone’s favourites to progress, and this defeat has pretty serious consequences: Italy have now been overtaken by Portugal in the UEFA coefficient for next season.