Football: Juve draw Lyon in Europa League quarters

Runaway Serie A table-toppers Juventus will play French club Lyon in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, the continent's second-tier tournament, following the draw at Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.

With the final to be played at Juve's Turin stadium, the Italian club will be confident of seeing off Lyon, one of three sides in the quarter-finals yet to win a major UEFA club trophy along with AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands and Swiss club Basel.

"We're proud to be the only Italian team," said Pavel Nedved, the former Czech playmaker who is now on Juve's board.

"It's a tough draw and there's a long way to go to reach the final in Turin."

Nedved added: "People may have us down as favourites but there are still many games to play. We're only at the quarter-final stage.

"This Juve side has got everything it takes to do well in the Europa League. We'll tackle the competition with maximum focus and effort."

AZ were drawn against Benfica, last season's finalists who saw off Tottenham in the round-of-16.

Basel will play Valencia, with another La Liga club Sevilla up against Porto, with first leg matches slated for April 3 and the return legs a week later.

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