Juventus, Basel grab wins in Europa League

Juventus Kwadwo Asamoah, right, controls the ball in front of Lyon's Corentin Tolisso.
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(AP) -- Juventus scored late to beat Lyon 1-0 and take a big stride toward the Europa League semifinals while Matias Delgado's double helped FC Basel to a 3-0 win over Valencia in a match played in an empty stadium on Thursday.

Portuguese teams Benfica and Porto are also in strong positions after the first legs of the quarterfinals after 1-0 victories over AZ Alkmaar away and Sevilla at home, respectively.

Leonardo Bonucci grabbed Juventus' winner in the 85th minute at Stade Gerland, keeping the Italian league leaders on course to reach the final in their own stadium on May 14.

Delgado was unable to celebrate his first-half goals in front of Basel's supporters because the match was played behind closed doors as a punishment for disorder by the Swiss team's fans during the last 16.

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