After some dramatic last-16 second legs, the draw for the Europa League quarterfinal is set to take place in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday.
Tottenham may well be the most relieved team still standing after they survived relinquishing a 3-0 first-leg advantage over Internazionale before progressing on away goals after extra time. Spurs join fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Newcastle in the last eight to give England the most representatives in the draw.
Chelsea and Newcastle also had to wait until late to secure their progress, with the Blues edging out Steaua Bucharest 3-2 on aggregate, while Newcastle scored the only goal of their tie with Russians Anzhi Makhachkala with the last kick of regulation time.
Rubin Kazan had to wait even longer as they struck the first goal of their tie with Levante 10 minutes into extra time before sealing a 2-0 aggregate win to ensure Russian participation in the last eight. There looked a good chance that Russia would have two teams in the draw when Zenit St Petersburg had a penalty to level their tie with Basel with four minutes remaining, but Roman Shirokov’s spot kick was saved by Yann Sommer to take the Swiss side through 2-1 on aggregate.
Elsewhere, Fenerbahce held off a creditable fight back from Viktoria Plzen to progress, while Benfica and Lazio eased past Bordeaux and Stuttgart, respectively.
Tottenham are the only team left to previously have lifted the trophy, having won it twice in its guise as the UEFA Cup, back in 1972 and 1984. Lazio and Benfica have both previously been runners up.
The first-legs of the quarterfinals will be played on April 4, with the return matches a week later.
Where to watch: The draw for the Europa League quarterfinals is set to take place following the draw for the Champions League, which is set to get underway at 7.a.m. ET. A live stream will be available on UEFA.com.
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