Friday, 14 March 2008

UC Draw: Viola need Dutch courage

Fiorentina have been paired with Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.

The Tuscans squeezed past Everton in a penalty shootout after losing a 2-0 first-leg lead at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.

Cesare Prandelli’s men were delighted to avoid favourites Bayern Munich, who boast former Viola hero Luca Toni, but will face a stern test against PSV.

The Eredivisie giants entered the UEFA Cup after finishing third in UEFA Champions League Group G and eliminated Helsingborgs in the third round.

They then broke Tottenham Hotspur hearts in the last 16 when they held their nerve in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 aggregate draw.

The quarter-final first leg will be played at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on April 3 with the return at the Philips Stadion on April 10.

If Fiorentina see off PSV, they will take on either Glasgow Rangers or Sporting Lisbon in the semi-finals leaving a possible Fiorentina-Bayern final still open.

Full draw:
QF - First Leg: Thursday 3 April
Bayer Leverkusen 1-4 Zenit St. Petersburg
Glasgow Rangers 0-0 Sporting Lisbon
Bayern Munich 1-1 Getafe
Fiorentina 1-1 PSV Eindhoven

QF - Second Leg: Thursday 10 April
Getafe 3-3 Bayern Munich (AET)
PSV Eindhoven 0-2 Fiorentina
Sporting Lisbon 0-2 Glasgow Rangers
Zenit St. Petersburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

SF - First Leg: Thursday 24 April
SF - Second Leg: Thursday 1 May

Bayern Munich v Zenit St. Petersburg
Glasgow Rangers v Fiorentina

Final - Wednesday 14 May
at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester.

Source: C4 Football Italia / UEFA

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