Lille draw Aston Villa in Europa Conference League for their first European quarter-final

In the end, it was comfortable for Lille OSC as they qualified for their first-ever European quarter-final by beating Austria’s SK Sturm Graz 4-1 on aggregate. 

This historic moment for the club would see them drawn against Aston Villa for a chance to go one step further and etch closer to a finals berth. The two sides have only ever met once before in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup. 

Lille defeated Aston Villa in the semi-finals to progress to the final group stage over twenty years ago and will hope to achieve a similar outcome in this tie. However, the Premier League side remain the favourites for the competition as they look to reach their first semi-final since the 1982/83 European Cup. 

The first leg will be played on the 11th of April in Birmingham, before Lille then host Villa the week after on the 18th of April. The winners of this tie will play the fiercely contested victors of the Olympiacos v Fenerbahçe contest. 

UEFA Europa Conference League full draw 

Club Brugge v PAOK

Olympiacos v Fenerbahçe

Aston Villa v Lille 

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GFFN | Nick Hartland

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