Portuguese trio avoid each other in Europa League draw

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All three Portuguese sides avoided each other in today's draw for the Europa League quarter-finals.

Domestic league leaders Porto, rivals Benfica and underdogs Braga are all in contention to be at the final in Dublin on May 18.

None of them will meet in the next round after Porto drew Spartak Moscow, Benfica got PSV Eindhoven and Braga were paired with Dynamo Kiev.

However, all three will play their first legs at home and face difficult second-leg away trips.

The fourth quarter-final will see Villarreal face Dutch outfit FC Twente, with the Spaniards at home first.

In the semi-finals, the winner of the Braga-Dynamo clash will be at home first against Benfica or PSV, with Porto or Spartak home first against Villarreal or Twente.

Quarter-Final First Leg (7 April)

FC Porto v Spartak Moscow

Benfica v PSV

Villarreal v FC Twente

SC Braga v FC Dynamo Kiev

Quarter-Final Second Leg (14 April)

Spartak Moscow v FC Porto

PSV v Benfica

FC Twente v Villarreal

FC Dynamo Kiev v SC Braga

Semi-Final First Leg (28 April)

Winner Quarter-Final 4 v Winner Quarter-Final 2

Winner Quarter-Final 1 v Winner Quarter-Final 3

Semi-Final Second Leg (5 May)

Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4

Winner Quarter-Final 3 v Winner Quarter-Final 1