UEFA Europa League draw results: The favorites avoid each other

Harold Cunningham

The two Europa League favourites Chelsea and Benfica avoided each other, but still face difficult semi-final ties.

Chelsea and Benfica will be expected to progress and meet in the final in Amsterdam in May, though it won't be plain sailing for either team, with their respective opponents both impressing in their semi-final matches.

Chelsea -- who made life difficult for themselves against Rubin Kazan in the quarter-finals -- will travel to Switzerland in the first leg, facing a Basel team which impressed in beating Tottenham -- and who probably should have seen them off without having to endure the stress of penalties.

Meanwhile Fenerbahçe were always pretty comfortable against Italian side Lazio, eventually seeing them off 3-1 on aggregate in an impressive defensive return leg performance at the Olimpico. They too will provide stubborn resistance against a Benfica team that saw off Newcastle in the quarters. The Portuguese team will travel to Istanbul for the first leg.

Semi-final draw (25 April & 2 May)
Basel v Chelsea
Fenerbahçe v Benfica

Follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter | Like SB Nation Soccer on Facebook

More in Soccer:

It’s Spain vs. Germany in the Champions League semifinal

Tottenham crash out of Europa League on penalties

Promotion watch: Championship contenders in action Friday and Saturdayl

Dortmund’s comeback a once in a decade kind of awesome

Premier League adopt goal-line technology, their own FFP

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.