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Sporting to face Kharkiv, Bilbao drawn with Schalke

16 March 2012 13:49

Manchester City's conquerors Sporting Lisbon will take on Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Friday's draw in Switzerland also saw La Liga outfit Valencia paired with Eredivisie team AZ Alkmaar, and play the first leg away from home.

Bundesliga representatives Schalke will have to deal with Athletic Bilbao, and have home advantage in the first leg.

And 2010 winners Atletico Madrid will lock horns with German side Hannover, with the Spaniards starting the tie at home.

The first legs of the quarter-finals will take place on March 29, with the returns being held one week later on April 5.

The winner of the tie between Atletico and Hannover meets the winner of the clash between AZ and Valencia in the semi-final, while either Sporting or Metalist will take on Schalke or Bilbao in the other semi-final.

The semi-final first legs are scheduled to take place on April 19, while the return legs will be organised the following week on April 26.

The 2012 Europa League final will be played at the National Arena in Bucharest on May 9.

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