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Andrea Pirlos sumptuous free kick earned Juventus a place in the Europa League quarterfinals, where the competition favourites were joined in an attractive lineup by Sevilla after its penalty-shootout win over fierce Spanish rival Real Betis on Thursday. Ryan Howard Jersey . Portuguese sides Benfica and Porto also advanced to the last eight while Basel overcame an early red card to win 2-1 at Salzburg and progress from a last-16 second leg that was briefly suspended because of crowd trouble. Lyon, Valencia and AZ Alkmaar will also be in Fridays draw in Nyon, Switzerland, where the team to avoid will be Juventus -- even though the Italian champions made heavy work of their all-Italian last-16 match against Fiorentina. Having drawn 1-1 at home in the first leg, Juve was staring at elimination on the away-goals rule until Fiorentina defender Gonzalo Rodriguez was dismissed in the 69th minute for a second booking. From the resulting free kick at the edge of the area, Pirlo stepped up and whipped a brilliant strike into the top corner to seal a 1-0 win. The classy Italy midfielder shows no sign of decline at the age of 34 -- he scored a similarly sublime free kick for his team in a last-gasp league win over Genoa on Sunday, which kept Juve 14 points clear in Serie A and on course to defend its title. Juventus will be hosting the Europa League final on May 14 and the runaway Italian league leader may yet be playing in the showpiece match in front of its own fans. Sevilla overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit courtesy of goals by Jose Antonio Reyes and Carlos Bacca, earning a 2-0 win that sent the match to penalties. Sevillas first spot kick by Vitolo was saved but Alfred NDiaye and Nono failed to find the target with Betis last two attempts, putting the two-time winners through 4-3 on penalties. Benfica remained on course for a return to the final after surviving a late fightback by Tottenham to draw 2-2 in their second leg and advance 5-3 on aggregate. Two goals in less than two minutes by Nacer Chadli put Spurs 2-1 ahead on the night and gave them 11 minutes to score another, which would have forced extra time. The English team missed a number of chances before conceding a penalty deep into injury time, converted by Lima. There was no repeat of the touchline spat between rival coaches Jorge Jesus and Tim Sherwood form the first leg -- Sherwood opted to sit in the stands and stay out of trouble. Portos 1-0 lead from its first leg against Napoli was wiped out by Goran Pandevs deft finish in the 21st minute. The Italian side dominated but was picked off on counterattacks through goals by Nabil Ghilas in the 69th and Ricardo Quaresma in the 76th. Quaresma, the mercurial playmaker, finished off a flowing move by jinking between two defenders and slamming a shot high into the net for the goal of the evening. Duvan Zapatas consolation goal earned Napoli a 2-2 draw but it exited 3-2 on aggregate, denying coach Rafael Benitez the opportunity to retain the title he won when in interim charge of Chelsea last season. Players were taken off the pitch by the referee for about 10 minutes midway through the first half of Salzburg-Basel after missiles, including fireworks, were thrown onto the field of play by Basel fans. The score was 1-0 to Salzburg at the time after Jonatan Sorianos competition-high eighth goal in the Europa League, while Basel was down to 10 men after Marek Suchys straight red in the ninth minute. However, Marco Streller and Gaston Sauro scored headed goals in the second half for the Swiss team and Salzburg also ended the match with 10 men after Alan received a second yellow card for trying a bicycle kick and hitting Basel defender Philipp Degen in the face. Lyon lost 2-1 at Viktoria Plzen but advanced 5-3 on aggregate, Valencia beat Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 thanks to Paco Alcacers 59th-minute goal and advanced 4-0 on aggregate. AZ Alkmaar drew 0-0 at Anzhi Makhachkala for a 1-0 aggregate victory. Chase Utley Phillies Jersey . Louis Cardinals for the National League Wild Card, are in the drivers seat as they open the final series of the regular season, but they face a large task in the form of the Philadelphia Phillies. Howie Kendrick Jersey .Y. -- Syracuses streak lives on -- barely. FRANKFURT, Germany -- Defending champion Bayern Munich conceded a late goal and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Freiburg in a Bundesliga match Tuesday, dropping its first points of the season. Bayern paid the price for some complacency in the end despite controlling most of the match, which was played ahead of the weekend because Bayern plays Chelsea on Friday in Prague in the UEFA Super Cup. Bayern won the Champions League and Chelsea is the Europa League champion. "We played well, we attacked, but we didnt use our chances," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who made seven changes from the lineup that beat Nuremberg 2-0 on Saturday. "All players played well. In the Bundesliga, you can concede a late goal." Xherdan Shaqiri put Bayern ahead in the 33rd but Nicolas Hoefler notched the equalizer in the 86th. "We didnt use our chances and failed to score the second goal that would have secured the victory," Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said. Freiburg finished fifth last season but had earned only one point from the previous three rounds. Bayerns important midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger limped off the field in the second half with a leg iinjury. John Kruk Phillies Jersey. . Shaqiri collected a cross from Thomas Mueller and drove home at the far post with his left foot. The ball shaved the post and bounced into the net. Although Bayern had most of the possession, Freiburgs Charles-Elie Laprevotte hit the outside of the post early in the second half, his last touch of the match before being substituted. And it was Freiburgs substitutes who combined for the equalizer. Sebastian Freis crossed from the right and Hoefler tapped the ball from close range at the far post although Bayern had six players defending in its area. "When you play Bayern you have to be incredibly mentally strong and thats what we were," Freiburg coach Christian Streif said. Before Freiburgs goal, Bayern missed chances from Mueller and Franck Ribery, who had come on for Schweinsteiger. Dante had a late chance but his shot from 10 metres (yards) went high. Guardiola sent on striker Mario Mandzukic late in the game but to no avail. Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann also had a strong performance to deny Bayern a second goal. "We fought all the way but its still funny how the game turned around," Baumann said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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