Benfica's Miralem Sulejmani (TOP) is fouled by Sevilla's Alberto Moreno during their Europa League final soccer match at the Juventus stadium in Turin May 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Juan Medina)
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Few European clubs serve up the same heady mix of emotion, drama and mystique as Benfica, who have been left licking their wounds again after another heroic European failure.Wednesday's penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final was just another dip on the emotional roller-coaster that Benfica fans have become used to over the years.Last season ended in tears after Benfica lost the Portuguese league on the last day of the season to Porto, lost the Cup final to a controversial goal against Vitoria Guimaraes and were beaten by a stoppage time goal in the Europa League final against Chelsea.In 2010, Benfica reached the Europe League quarterfinals and in the following year reached their first European semifinal for 18 years.Along with fellow Portuguese sides Porto and Braga, Benfica are the only team from outside the so-called big five leagues to have reached a European final in the last five seasons.
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