Europa League 2014 Quarter-Final Draw: Date, Time, Live Stream Info, Line-Up

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Europa League 2014 Quarter-Final Draw: Date, Time, Live Stream Info, Line-Up
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The dust has settled, and we are now aware of which eight teams will line up in this season's Europa League quarter-finals following Thursday evening's dramatic round of 16 climax.

With a night of calm from that excitement, focus will shift to the next stage of the European campaign on Friday morning, where the Europa League quarter-final draw will take place in Nyon, Switzerland.

Although this competition may be seen as the smaller cousin of the Champions League, the remaining eight teams have shown that they're of a very high standard, and a wealth of strong outfits have already bowed out because of it.

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Read on for all of Friday's crucial information, as well as a brief discussion regarding some of the biggest clubs left in the running.

 

Date: Friday, March 21

Time: 12 p.m. GMT/8 a.m. ET

Live Stream: UEFA.com

2013-14 Europa League Quarter-Finalists
AZ Alkmaar Basel Benfica Juventus
Lyon Porto Sevilla Valencia

UEFA.com

 

Teams to Watch

Juventus

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Juventus have every reason to treat this season's Europa League with respect, considering the final will be played on their home turf in Turin, Italy.

Moving past Fiorentina in the round of 16, the Old Lady are now the only Italian team left in European competition. The Guardian's Paolo Bandini says that Serie A's representatives have nobody but themselves to blame for their international failures:

Juve were unfortunate not to make their way through to the Champions League round of 16, but they can put a majorly positive spin on their campaign if they win the Europa League alongside another Scudetto.

 

Porto

A round of 16 tie against Napoli was never going to be a simple one for Porto, and following a 1-0 victory at home in the first leg, Naples, Italy, was the scene of their qualification for the next round, winning 3-2 on aggregate.

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The Portuguese giants have the potential to be one of the most entertaining teams in Europe when finding their groove, but a drop in consistency this term means matters aren't as assured of late.

One thing Porto have taken to of late is scoring their goals through very few attempts on goal, showing an extremely clinical string of form:

That being said, the Dragons showed in Italy precisely what they're capable of unleashing, and the fact that they boast one of the most talented rosters left in the tournament is just another reason to keep one eye on their progress.

 

Basel

Against the odds, Basel somehow managed to turn around their second-leg fixture at Red Bull Salzburg, having seen centre-back Marek Suchy sent off inside nine minutes, slipping to a 1-0 deficit by halftime.

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Whatever Murat Yakin did during the break, it worked wonders, and the Swiss visitors came out for the second period reshuffled, reorganised and ready to rumble, equalising through a Marco Streller header within five minutes of the restart.

Gaston Sauro scored the winner in the 60th minute, showing a quality of grit and determination that usually proves pivotal in these sorts of competitions.

OptaFranz shows just how effectively the outfit have been using their craniums during their Europa League run:

Basel's revival on the European stage has seen them involved in the latter stages of continental football for the last few seasons, and they'll be an outfit to watch once again this year. 

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