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Europa League quarter-final draw announced

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Europa League has been completed.

The previous round gave us a number of fascinating ties. Sevilla – the competition’s record champions – were eliminated after a 2-0 defeat in the second leg against West Ham United.

Meanwhile, Barcelona progressed to the next round despite suffering a scare against Galatasaray. They fell behind early in their second leg tie, but goals by Pedri and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were enough to see them through.

Atalanta reached the last eight after a closely-fought contest against Bayer Leverkusen, coming out on top 4-2 on aggregate. Rangers saw off Red Star Belgrade by the same aggregate scoreline.

Real Betis were cruelly knocked out in the dying seconds of extra time. With a penalty shootout just moments away, Guido Rodriguez scored an own goal to send his side out and Eintracht Frankfurt through to the next round.

Ligue 1 sides had varying fortunes. Lyon progressed after a narrow victory against Porto, but Monaco were knocked out by Braga.

RB Leipzig were set to play Spartak Moscow, but the Russian side were excluded from the competition. Die Roten Bullen have been given a bye to the next round.

Now, the draw for the quarter-finals and the semi-finals has been carried out.

The possibility of an all-British final still remains, as West Ham and Rangers were drawn on opposite sides of the knockouts. We could also have an all-German final, with RB Leipzig and Frankfurt also ending up on opposite sides.

The first legs of the quarter-finals will be played on April 7, and the second legs on April 14. The semi-final first legs will take place on April 28, with the second legs on May 5. The final will be played at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on May 18.

Quarter-final draw

RB Leipzig vs Atalanta
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona
West Ham United vs Lyon
Braga vs Rangers

Semi-final draw

RB Leipzig/Atalanta vs Braga/Rangers
West Ham United/Lyon vs Eintracht Frankfurt/Barcelona

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