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British sides kept apart in Europa League draw

Updated: Friday, 15 Mar 2013 12:34 | Comments

Newcastle overcame Anzhi Makhachkala last night
Newcastle overcame Anzhi Makhachkala last night

The three remaining British sides have been kept apart in the draw for the Europa League quarter finals

Chelsea will face Russian side Rubin Kazan after their victory over Steaua Bucharest last night.

Rubin Kazan will be tough opponents for Rafa Benitez's Chelsea team.

The Russian side have already knocked out two Spanish teams - holders Atletico Madrid in the last 32 and Levante last night, winning 2-0 after extra-time in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Rubin were also unbeaten in a tough group that included Inter Milan, and are particularly strong defensively, having conceded only three goals in 10 European matches.

Tottenham, who had a dramatic extra-time win over Inter Milan at the San Siro, appear to have been rewarded with the easiest draw in the quarter-finals - they were paired with Swiss side Basle.

Basle scraped into the quarter-finals after Russian side Zenit St Petersburg missed a late penalty.

Newcastle are set to travel to Portugal to face Benfica. Papiss Cisse scored an injury-time winner last night against 10-man Anzhi Makhachkala to put them through.

Benfica came into the Europa League knock-out stages after finishing third in a Champions League group including Celtic and Barcelona, during which they achieved a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp.

In the other quarter-final, Fenerbahce from Turkey will play Italian side Lazio for a place in the semi-finals.

The first legs will be played on 4 April and the second legs on 11 April.

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