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Fulham handed Wolfsburg Europa League quarter-final tie

Zoltan Gera (left), Dickson Etuhu (centre) and Simon Davies (right)
Zoltan Gera was among the scorers against Juventus at Craven Cottage

Fulham have been drawn against German champions Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Liverpool face Portuguese side Benfica, who beat rivals Everton 5-0 in the group stages, and will travel to Lisbon for the first leg on 1 April.

Valencia and Atletico Madrid meet in an all-Spanish clash while German side Hamburg face Belgians Standard Liege in the other quarter-final match-up.

All return fixtures will be played a week later on 8 April.

Fulham booked their place in the last eight following a stunning 4-1 home victory over Italian giants Juventus on Thursday, overturning a 3-1 deficit to win the tie 5-4 on aggregate on a memorable night at Craven Cottage.

Roy Hodgson's side will have home advantage before travelling to northern Germany a week later.

Should Fulham advance into the last four, they would face either Hamburg or Standard Liege, which would set up a potential all-English final with Liverpool should they overcome their Spanish last-four opposition.

Clint Dempsey, whose clever chip sealed Fulham's passage to the next stage, believes getting to the final in Hamburg is a distinct possibility.

"To go from relegation candidates to the quarter-finals of the Europa League is crazy," said the 26-year-old, who signed from New England Revolution in January 2007.

"But you always have to be trying to better yourself and be moving in the right direction, and this club is doing that.

"We're getting stronger and stronger, and hopefully we can push further in this competition and in the FA Cup, and see if we can try to finish where we did or higher in the league than last season."

Should Valencia triumph, it would set up a tantalising return to the Estadio Mestalla for Rafael Benitez, who guided the club to the La Liga title and the Uefa Cup in 2004 before leaving to become Liverpool boss.

Benitez saw his side overturn a 1-0 deficit against Lille on Thursday night with a confident 3-0 display at Anfield, with Fernando Torres netting twice alongside a Steven Gerrard penalty.


EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL DRAW:

Fulham v Wolfsburg

Hamburg v Standard Liege

Valencia v Atletico Madrid

Benfica v Liverpool

SEMI-FINAL DRAW:

Fulham/Wolfsburg v Hamburg/Standard Liege

Valencia/Atletico Madrid v Liverpool/Benfica



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see also
Arsenal draw favourites Barcelona
19 Mar 10 |  Europe
Fulham 4-1 Juventus (agg 5-4)
18 Mar 10 |  Europe
Liverpool 3-0 Lille (agg 3-1)
18 Mar 10 |  Europe
Europa League as it happened
18 Mar 10 |  Football
European draws - as they happened
19 Mar 10 |  Football


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