Europa: Wolfsburg await Fulham

ZURICH - Former European champions Liverpool and Benfica will meet in the quarter-finals of the Europa League following Friday's draw in Nyon.

The Portuguese side will host the first leg on April 1 against the Premier League team, whose only hope of silverware this season now lies with Europe's secondary club competition.

"We know they are a good team and of course we have played them before in the Champions League," Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez told Liverpool's website.

"They are a massive club with a lot of support from their fans and it will be a tough game.

"They are top of the table and playing really well at the moment. I know a number of their players well - Aimar, Saviola, Garcia - so we know they have a lot of quality."

Fulham, who dumped Juventus out of the competition with a memorable 4-1 win on Thursday, were rewarded with a tie against German champions VfL Wolfsburg, who beat Rubin Kazan with a goal in the last minute of extra-time.

Unfashionable Fulham are making their first appearance in a European quarter-final.

Valencia and Atletico Madrid will meet in an all-Spanish tie while Hamburg SV, who beat Anderlecht 6-5 on aggregate, face another Belgian side in Standard Liege.

Draws for the Europa League quarter-finals and semi-finals made on Friday.

QUARTER-FINALS

Fulham v VfL Wolfsburg

Hamburg SV v Standard Liege

Valencia v Atletico Madrid

Benfica v Liverpool

SEMI-FINALS

Valencia/Atletico Madrid v Benfica/Liverpool

Hamburg SV/Standard Liege v Fulham/VfL Wolfsburg

The quarter-final first legs will be played on April 1 with the second legs scheduled for April 8.

The semi-final first legs will be played on April 22 with the second legs scheduled for April 29.

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