Europa League Draw: Reds get Benfica

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Liverpool have drawn Portuguese side Benfica in the quarter finals of the Europa League.

Nacional vs Benfica

The Reds will travel to the 65,000 seater Estádio da Luz for the first leg on April 1st, with the return leg at Anfield a week later on the 8th.

The two sides have faced each other recently in Champions League action, with Benfica memorably knocking out then holders Liverpool in 2006.

Benfica are currently top of the Portuguese league and knocked out our neighbours Everton earlier in the competition, including a 5-0 thrashing.

If the Reds progress they will face the winner of the all-Spanish tie between Valencia and Atletico Madrid. Meaning Rafa Benitez could return to the Mastella for the first time since he left them to join Liverpool in 2004, fighting for a place in the final – which takes place in Hamburg on May 12th.

There is the possibility of an all-English final, with Fulham facing Wolfsburg in their quarter final.

Europa League Quarter Final Draw

Benfica v Liverpool
Valencia v Atletico Madrid
Hamburg v Standard Liege
Fulham v Wolfsburg

Semi Final Draw

Atletico or Valencia vs Benfica or Liverpool
Hamburg or Standard Liege vs Fulham or Wolfsburg

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