Guide to the Europa League Quarter Finals

Liverpool overcame a first leg deficit to defeat French side Lille 3-1 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday evening.

That puts Rafa Benitez’s side into the quarter finals of the competition, with the draw for the latter stages being made on Friday at Uefa’s headquarters in Switzerland.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Fulham came from 1-0 down on the night and 4-1 behind on aggregate to defeat Italian giants Juventus 5-4 at Craven Cottage. A memorable night for Roy Hodgson’s side. They are one of the seven possible opponents for Liverpool when the draw is made, with country protection no longer applicable.

The Reds could also face Rafa’s old side Valencia, currently third in La Liga, who defeated Werder Bremen on away goals after a David Villa hat-trick in their 4-4 draw (5-5 on aggregate).

The other remaining quarter finalists are Fernando Torres’ former club Atletico Madrid, German sides Hamburg and Wolfsburg, Standard Liege of Belgium and Portugese side Benfica.

From Uefa: At this stage of the tournament, no teams are seeded and clubs from the same national association can be drawn against each other. The quarter-finals are played on a home-and-away basis on 1 and 8 April, with the semi-finals on 22 and 29 April. This season’s final will be at the Hamburg Arena at 20.45CET on Wednesday 12 May.

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