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Hopes fading for AZ, Lyon and Valencia

Published: Saturday 5 April 2014, 11.37CET
Sevilla FC will fancy their chances but the odds seem stacked against AZ Alkmaar, Olympique Lyonnais and Valencia CF as the UEFA Europa League quarter-final ties conclude.
Hopes fading for AZ, Lyon and Valencia
Valencia lost 3-0 in the first leg at Basel ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Saturday 5 April 2014, 11.37CET

Hopes fading for AZ, Lyon and Valencia

Sevilla FC will fancy their chances but the odds seem stacked against AZ Alkmaar, Olympique Lyonnais and Valencia CF as the UEFA Europa League quarter-final ties conclude.

The four survivors that transferred from the UEFA Champions League group stage all won the first legs of their UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, but there is plenty left to fight for as the ties conclude.

The draws for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League semi-finals will take place in Nyon on Friday 11 April, from 12.00CET.

Sevilla FC v FC Porto (first leg: 0-1)
• Eliaquim Mangala's goal separates the two two-time winners though the late dismissal of Fernando somewhat marred Porto's home victory. Porto have lost their last three games in Spain, failing to score in the most recent two – both in 2013.

• Sevilla's Kevin Gameiro and Valencia's Paco Alcácer are the top-scoring players left in the competition, with four goals each since the start of the group stage – four fewer than the overall leading marksman, FC Salzburg's Jonatan Soriano. Sevilla have had the most shots on (60) and off target (60) of any of the remaining sides.

Juventus v Olympique Lyonnais (first leg: 1-0)
• Juventus somewhat spoiled Lyon coach Remi Garde's 48th birthday in the first leg, Leonardo Bonucci getting the only goal on 85 minutes after the hosts failed to properly clear a corner. It was Lyon's first European home defeat this term and, even more worryingly, Juventus are yet to lose in ten home matches against French teams (W8 D2).

• Lyon are the first Ligue 1 outfit to reach the last eight since the advent of the UEFA Europa League. They have not been a high-scoring side this season: in 15 European games since kicking off in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, they have notched just 14 goals, conceding 11.

Valencia CF v FC Basel 1893 (first leg: 0-3)
• Valencia surprisingly lost 3-0 to Basel in Switzerland. No team has overturned a three-goal deficit to win a tie in this competition since the UEFA Europa League's launch, though Valencia can take heart from their result at this stage of the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League when they recovered from a 2-1 defeat at AZ Alkmaar to win the return 4-0.

• Basel are unbeaten in their five matches (W3 D2) since transferring from the UEFA Champions League. They have not lost a European fixture by a margin of more than three goals in 17 games, since a 7-0 thrashing by FC Bayern München in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

SL Benfica v AZ Alkmaar (first leg: 1-0)
• Benfica are undefeated in 11 European home matches (W9 D2) since a 2-0 reverse to FC Barcelona in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group phase. Benfica's Eduardo Salvio has made a record 38 UEFA Europa League appearances since the tournament took on its current format; his first-leg strike allowed Benfica to join PSV Eindhoven on 64 goals as the highest-scoring clubs in the new competition.

• AZ are unbeaten in six away fixtures in Europe this campaign (W3 D3), yet have averaged just one goal a game on the road since the beginning of the group stage. Along with Basel and Lyon, AZ are one of three quarter-finalists yet to lift a major UEFA trophy.

Last updated: 05/04/14 10.07CET

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