Sunday 17 December 2017

Liverpool face Benfica while Fulham draw Wolfsburg

Steve Wilson

The prospect of an all-English Europa League final still exists as Liverpool, who will play Benfica, and Fulham, who face Wolfsburg, were kept apart in the quarter- and semi-final draw.

Fulham's reward for their stunning victory over Juventus is a Europa League quarter-final with German side Wolfsburg.

Roy Hodgson's side recovered from losing the first leg 3-1, and conceding an early goal in the second leg at Craven Cottage, to secure a memorable 5-4 aggregate win over the Italian giants.

Today they were drawn to face Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg in the last eight, with the first leg at home and a potential semi-final against either Hamburg or Standard Liege to follow.

In the other quarter-finals, Liverpool take on Portuguese side Benfica with the second leg at Anfield.

The winner of that tie will face the winner of the all-Spanish tie between Valencia and Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool lost the first leg 1-0 to Lille in the previous round but a goal from Steven Gerrard and two from Fernando Torres at Anfield last night kept their hopes of silverware this season alive.

Europa League draw in full:


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


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


Quarter-finals: first legs April 1; second legs April 8

Semi-finals: first leg April 22; second leg April 29

Final: Wednesday May 12, Hamburg Arena

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