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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Portuguese clubs reach semifinals


London — Portuguese clubs dominate the semifinal lineup for the Europa League after FC Porto, Benfica and Braga grabbed three of the four available spots on Thursday.

Porto completed a huge 10-3 aggregate win in its quarterfinal against Spartak Moscow with a 5-2 victory in Russia, while Benfica drew its second-leg match 2-2 at PSV Eindhoven to progress 6-3 past the Dutch side.

Porto will play its two-legged semifinal against Spain's Villarreal, which completed an Iberian sweep with a 3-1 win at FC Twente that rounded off a one-sided 8-2 victory over two matches.

Only Braga had to sweat over its chances, moving past Dynamo Kiev on away goals. The teams drew 0-0 in Portugal but Braga progressed to a meeting courtesy of last week's 1-1 draw in Kiev.

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