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Napoli to face Wolfsburg in Europa League

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After Juventus found out their Champions League fate, both Fiorentina and Napoli were waiting in the wings to see who they will face in the Europa League quarter-finals.

After seeing off AS Roma and Dinamo Moscow respectively, the two Italian sides are all that is left in the Europa League despite five Serie A teams making it to the last-16.

Torino, Inter Milan and Roma all crashed out of the competition this week, with them losing to Zenit St Petersburg, Wolfsburg and Fiorentina respectively.

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So with two Serie A sides left in the Europa League, lets look at their story so far and who's awaiting them in the Quarter-Finals.

Fiorentina

Fiorentina will be happy with their tie as they will come up against Dynamo Kiev from Ukraine.

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So far in the knockout stages, Fiorentina have been very impressive, knocking out Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and then Italian rivals Roma.

In the first knockout stage, Fiorentina saw off Spurs 3-1 on aggregate after drawing 1-1 at White Hart Lane and winning 2-0 at home.

Then came a tricky tie with Italian rivals Roma and after drawing 1-1 at home in the first-leg, it looked like Rudi Garcia's men were set to advance to the quarter-finals.

However, a superb performance by the visitors saw them ease to a comfortable 3-0 win, meaning they progressed 4-1 on aggregate.

Awaiting them in the last-eight is a tie with Dynamo Kiev, who have beaten Guingamp and Everton, so far in the knockout rounds.

A 4-3 aggregate win over their French opposition in the last-32 stage was then topped by a superb 6-4 aggregate win over Roberto Martinez's men, including a 5-2 thrashing in Ukraine.

So with both teams scoring for fun in their knockout rounds so far, the quarter-final promises to be a thriller.

Napoli

As for Napoli, they have the trickiest test ahead of them meeting Bundesliga side Wolfsburg who have enjoyed a superb season thanks to main star Kevin De Bruyne.

Napoli's European adventure started badly as they were eliminated from the Champions League during the qualifying rounds. However, they stormed to the knockout stages of the Europa League and then walked past Trabzonspor in the last-32 round thanks to a 5-0 aggregate win.

The last-16 was a bit trickier for Napoli as they had to overcome Dinamo Moscow, but thanks to a 3-1 win in Italy, the second-leg was always in their favour and a 0-0 draw away secured qualification to the Quarter-Finals.

As for Wolfsburg, they are hotly tipped to win the tournament but face a massive task coming up against Rafael Benitez's side.

After seeing off Sporting Lisbon 2-0 on aggregate in the last-32, the German side then eased past Inter Milan in the last-16 mainly due to an impressive 3-1 win in Germany.

They then backed that win up with a 2-1 win at the San Siro, leaving them with an emphatic 5-2 aggregate scoreline.

Wolfsburg vs Napoli promises to be the tie of the round and the winners could well go on to lift the trophy come May.

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