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Jan Oblak looking to Portuguese Cup final with Benfica

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Benfica's Jan Oblak wants his team to look ahead to Sunday's Portuguese Cup final after they suffered penalty heartbreak against Sevilla on Wednesday.

Oblak's team lost 4-2 on penalties in the final of the Europa League to make it eight  European final defeats since they last won a continental trophy, and the second in as many years.

Oblak kept a clean-sheet throughout the 120 minutes but he couldn't stop any of Sevilla's penalties as the Spanish outfit picked up a third UEFA Cup/Europa League trophy in nine seasons.

Oblak told Uefa.com: "We are a little bit disappointed but tomorrow is another day and we are as motivated as ever to win all three competitions in Portugal.

"We need to prepare for the [Portuguese Cup final] on Sunday against Rio Ave as we must win it. I think we played better than Sevilla but unfortunately luck was not on our side."

Benfica have already beaten Rio Ave in the Portuguese League Cup final and they won the Portuguese league in style - winning 23 of their 30 matches, only losing two.

A win on Sunday would complete a domestic treble but the disappointment of European defeat will surely take it's toll on the side, although Oblak remained philosophical, he said: "Unfortunately, this is football and we ended up losing on penalties. We had no luck at all but football can be unfair sometimes. Some you win, some you lose."

The Slovenian stopper will be looking to get one over on a former team when he faces Rio Ave, the 21-year-old spent last season at the club in his third loan spell away from Lisbon giants Benfica.

He started this season on the periphery of the first team, but got his chance when regular first choice, Artur, was injured.

His form since his inclusion in Jorge Jesus' first team plans have been impressive, and his impressive performance in the 0-0 draw at Juventus in the semi final second-leg earned him a starting role in the final, with the much more experienced Artur consigned to the bench.

Oblak will hope to keep his place for Sunday's final, although he's only appeared once in the competition thus far. He kept a clean sheet on that occasion and was in the side that won the League Cup final earlier this month.

An extended run in the team next season will help his international chances, he's made three appearances for Slovenia to date but faces a tough challenge displacing Inter Milan's Samir Handanovic.

In recent season's Benfica have been forced to sell a number of big names, with Ramires, David Luiz and Nemanja Matic all moving to Chelsea, and should Oblak continue to maintain the standard's he's set in the second half of this season he could be the next Benfica man to attract interest from across Europe.


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