Football

Published: Friday March 21, 2014 MYT 9:22:01 PM
Updated: Friday March 21, 2014 MYT 9:23:07 PM

Juventus to face Lyon in Europa League

Juventus' players celebrate after defeating Fiorentina in their Europa League round of 16 second leg soccer match at Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Juventus' players celebrate after defeating Fiorentina in their Europa League round of 16 second leg soccer match at Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence March 20, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

(Reuters) - Favourites Juventus were handed a difficult tie against Olympique Lyon in the Europa League quarter-finals following Friday's draw at UEFA headquarters.

Antonio Conte's team, whose stadium will host the final in Turin in May, will travel to France for the first leg on April 3 with the return a week later.

Juventus, who eliminated fellow Serie A team Fiorentina in the round of 16, are chasing their first European title since the 1996 Champions League.

The twice European champions won the old UEFA Cup three times and the Cup Winners' Cup once.

Benfica, beaten finalists last season, were drawn against Dutch club AZ Alkmaar while their compatriots Porto, who knocked out Napoli in the previous round, face Sevilla.

In the other tie, Basel meet Valencia with the Swiss side, beaten semi-finalists last season, at home in the first leg.

Basel could still face disciplinary action after Thursday's match at Salzburg was interrupted in the first half for 12 minutes when their fans hurled plastic bottles and cigarette lighters at an opposing player.

(Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)

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