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Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele (right) and Memphis Depay (centre) celebrate at the end of the Europa League round of 16 second leg match against Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey. They have been drawn to face Frankfurt in the quarters. Image Credit: AP

Former European champions Barcelona were drawn against German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the quarter-finals of the second-tier Europa League today while West Ham United face a tough challenge against Olympique Lyonnais.

Barcelona beat Napoli and Galatasaray in the previous rounds under new coach Xavi Hernandez while Frankfurt eliminated Real Betis in a tense tie that went to extra time in the second leg.

The two German sides avoided each other after RB Leipzig were drawn against Italian side Atalanta.

Thrown out

Leipzig did not play the last round after their opponent Spartak Moscow were thrown out of the competition by European soccer governing body UEFA due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

West Ham, who beat former champions Sevilla in the last round, are eyeing their first European trophy since 1999 when they lifted the UEFA Intertoto Cup but have to get past Lyon who beat Portuguese side Porto.

Braga will meet high-flying Rangers who knocked out Borussia Dortmund and Red Star Belgrade.

Europa League draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, held in Nyon:
Quarter-final 1: RB Leipzig vs Atalanta
Quarter-final 2: Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona
Quarter-final 3: West Ham United vs Olympique Lyonnais
Quarter-final 4: SC Braga vs Rangers
Semi-final 1: RB Leipzig/Atalanta vs SC Braga/Rangers
Semi-final 2: West Ham United/Olympique Lyonnais vs Eintracht Frankfurt/Barcelona
Team drawn first will play the first leg at home.