Newcastle have just been drawn against Portuguese side Benfia in the Europa League quarter finals.
The rest of the draw was as follows:
Fenerbahce v Lazio
Tottenham v Basel
Chelsea v Rubin Kazan
So the three English teams avoided each other, and there’s now a chance of having three English teams in the semi-finals.
This is not a bad draw for Newcastle, and we could have drawn a more difficult side, so we must have a decent chance of getting through to the last four for the first time since the great Bobby Robson took us there in 2004 against Marseilles.
Bottom line – we must stand an excellent chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Newcastle will travel to Lisbon in the first-leg on Thursday, 4th April (just less than three weeks time), and then we play the second leg at home – which is an advantage – on Thursday, 11th April.
The quarter final draw for the Champions League ended up as follows:
Bayern Munich v Juventus
PSG v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Galatasaray
Malaga v Dortmund
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