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Juve face Lyon, Benfica take on AZ in Europa League

Italian champions Juventus will face Lyon in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League as they bid to keep alive the dream of playing in the final at their home stadium. Juve, who appear well on course to defend their Italian Serie A title, are targeting a European and domestic double after seeing off Fiorentina in the round of 16, and will make the relatively short trip across the French border for the first leg on 3 April, returning to Turin a week later.

Juve’s domestic dominance makes them the clear favourites in Europe’s secondary competition, and the knowledge that the final will be played at their Juventus Stadium has given them added motivation from the start. Last year’s beaten finalists Benfica, top of the Portuguese Liga, have been partnered with AZ Alkmaar, whose performances to date in the Europa League have provided some relief from a difficult campaign which has left them down in seventh in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Basel, who reached last year’s semi-finals, must beat Spanish side Valencia in order to repeat what was their best-ever run in European competition, while the final tie is an intriguing match-up between Porto and Sevilla.