Newcastle were handed the toughest test of the three English clubs left in the Europa League after being drawn against Benfica in the quarter finals.
The Magpies booked their passage into the last-16 after Papiss Cisse’s stoppage time header sealed a narrow victory Anzhi Makhachkala and Alan Pardew’s men will now travel to the Estadio da Luz, aptly translated as the Stadium of Light, in Lisbon to face the Portuguese giants.
Tottenham will fancy their chances of making the semi finals after they were drawn at home in the first leg against Swiss club Basel. Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal in the sixth minute of extra time ensured Spurs would progress despite losing 4-1 against a resurgent Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Chelsea will also be confident of making it to the final four with only Rubin Kazan standing in their way. Rafael Benitez’s side beat Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge to rubber stamp their presence in the quarter finals but will need to make home advantage count as they face a tricky trip to Russia in the second leg.
The trio of Premier League representatives will be breathing a huge sigh of relief after avoiding tournament favourites Lazio, who will face Turkish side Fenerbache.
Europa League Quarter Final draw (Ties to be played 4 and 11 April)
Benfica v Newcastle United
Chelsea v Rubin Kazan
Fenerbache v Lazio
Tottenham Hotspur v FC Basel