Europa League draw: Chelsea face Basel in semi-final

UEFA defending champion Chelsea, have been drawn against Tottenham’s conquerers Basel in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Fenerbahce will play Benfica in the other tie. The Blues are now the favorites’ with bookmakers after scraping through the last round against Rubin Kazan last night.

After leading the tie 4-1 on aggregate, Rafael Benitez’s side saw the Russian side fight back before eventually advancing 5-4 on aggregate.

They will face a tough test against their Swiss opponents, who knocked Tottenham out of the competition on penalties after a 2-2 draws home and away.

The side that knocked out Newcastle, Benfica, will take on Turkish side Fenerbahce, who overcame Lazio 3-1 on aggregate. The semi-final ties will be played on April 25 and May 2.

The draw, held at UEFA headquarters, also decided that the winners of Fenerbahce and Benfica will be at home in the final, to be played in Amsterdam, with Chelsea or Basel drawn as the away side.

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