Ref left Benfica kill the game, says Conte

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Juventus boss Antonio Conte was left fuming after his side couldn't get past Benfica and feels the referee helped the Portuguese side protect the stalemate.

Juventus' European dream died in agonising fashion as they were unable to break down a determined Benfica side in Turin and there was a tense atmosphere after the final whistle.

Tempers had flared during the clash as Benfica's Enzo Perez was dismissed for two yellow cards and Lazar Markovic and Juve's Mirko Vucinic were shown red cards for a scuffle on the bench.

After the game Juventus director Pavel Nedved and his Benfica counterpart Manuel Rui Costa reportedly had to step in to stop a fight breaking out in the tunnel.

But it was Benfica who booked their place in the final, which will be held in the Juventus Stadium, by clinging on to their 2-1 lead from the first leg.

Juventus boss Antonio Conte felt the result was unjust and believed that the visitors were allowed to waste time by the referee.

"Looking at the two games we deserved to win," the ex-Bari man told Mediaset Premium.

"But Benfica managed to really time-waste and the referee let them get away with it. Only 40 minutes were played and the six minutes of injury time seemed like a joke.

"It was constant stoppages and killing of time. Benfica showed all their experience. They have been in Europe many times and they know how to do it.

"We gave everything but I didn't like the opponents' attitude and the fact that the referee let them get away with it."

Benfica were greeted by nearly 2000 cheering fans when they arrived back in Lisbon at nearly 3am, Portuguese newspaper Record reports.

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