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Stage set for UEFA Europa League semi-final draw

Published: Friday 12 April 2013
Chelsea FC, Fenerbahçe SK, SL Benfica and FC Basel 1893 make up the lineup for Friday's UEFA Europa League semi-final draw, broadcast live on UEFA.com from 12.00CET.

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Published: Friday 12 April 2013

Stage set for UEFA Europa League semi-final draw

Chelsea FC, Fenerbahçe SK, SL Benfica and FC Basel 1893 make up the lineup for Friday's UEFA Europa League semi-final draw, broadcast live on UEFA.com from 12.00CET.

Former European champions Chelsea FC and SL Benfica, and last-four debutants Fenerbahçe SK and FC Basel 1893 make up the lineup for Friday's UEFA Europa League semi-final draw, to be broadcast live on UEFA.com from 12.00CET.

Full head-to-head records and team statistics are below.

While there were few alarms on Thursday for Fenerbahçe, who drew 1-1 with S.S. Lazio to rubber-stamp their place in a European semi-final for the first time, Basel, Chelsea and Benfica were made to work harder to progress. Basel were seven minutes from going through in normal time, but Clint Dempsey's late equaliser meant the Swiss side ultimately required a penalty shoot-out to overcome Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Chelsea booked their place despite a 3-2 defeat at FC Rubin Kazan. The Blues, 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge last week, are bidding to become only the fourth side to capture all three of UEFA's major club competitions. They won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998, plus last season's UEFA Champions League, and would emulate Juventus, AFC Ajax and FC Bayern München by completing the treble.

Benfica, meanwhile, went through 4-2 overall, securing a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United FC thanks to a late goal from Eduardo Salvio, a UEFA Europa League winner with Club Atlético de Madrid last season.

Friday's draw takes place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon and will be open, meaning no teams are seeded and clubs from the same national association may be pitted against each other. It will be conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and former Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The semi-finals will be played on a home-and-away basis, with the first legs on Thursday 25 April and the returns the following Thursday. For administrative purposes, the last step of the draw will define whether the winner of semi-final 1 or the winner of semi-final 2 will be the designated home team for the final, held at the Amsterdam ArenA at 20.45CET on Wednesday 15 May.

All the draw proceedings will be transmitted live on UEFA.com. Our live DrawCentre will bring you the build-up and post-draw reaction.

FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
European semi-final record: N/A
Last semi-final appearance: N/A
This season: W4 D6 L2 F16 A10
Top scorer: Marco Streller (4)
European head-to-heads
v Benfica W0 D1 L1 F1 A3
v Chelsea N/A
v Fenerbahçe N/A

SL Benfica (POR)
European semi-final record: W8 L4
Last semi-final appearance: 2010/11 (UEFA Europa League, 2-2 v SC Braga, lost on away goals)
This season: W5 D1 L0 F11 A5
Top scorer: Óscar Cardozo (4)
European head-to-heads
v Basel W1 D1 L0 F3 A1
v Chelsea W0 D0 L2 F1 A3
v Fenerbahçe W1 D0 L1 F7 A1

Chelsea FC (ENG)
European semi-final record: W4 L6
Last semi-final appearance: 2011/12 (UEFA Champions League, won 3-2 v FC Barcelona)
This season: W3 D1 L2 F10 A7
Top scorer: Fernando Torres (4)
European head-to-heads
v Basel N/A
v Benfica W2 D0 L0 F3 A1
v Fenerbahçe W1 D0 L1 F3 A2

Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
European semi-final record: N/A
Last semi-final appearance: N/A
This season: W7 D4 L1 F16 A9
Top scorer: Dirk Kuyt & Cristian (3)
European head-to-heads
v Basel N/A
v Benfica W1 D0 L1 F1 A7
v Chelsea W1 D0 L1 F2 A3

Last updated: 04/12/13 5.58CET

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