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Teams set to discover paths to Champions League and Europa League glory

Liverpool won the 2018/19 Champions League title after beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. The 2020 showdown should have taken place in Istanbul but will be played in Lisbon.
Liverpool won the 2018/19 Champions League title after beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. The 2020 showdown should have taken place in Istanbul but will be played in Lisbon. AFP/File
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The draws for the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League are set to take place on Friday in the Swiss city own Nyon after the competitions were reconfigured in June as one match knockout tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Champions League - European club football’s most prestigious prize - will unravel in Lisbon between 12 and 23 August while the Europa League’s denouements will unfold in Germany between 10 and 21 August.

A statement from European football’s governing body Uefa said the matches would be played behind closed doors.

"Several elements were taken into account by Uefa when making a decision, such as the protection of the health of all those involved in the matches as well as the public at large,” Uefa said. 

Draws

Three draws will take place - one for the quarter-finals, one for the semi-finals, and one to determine the 'home' side in the final for administrative purposes. No teams will be seeded and there will be no country protection, meaning sides can face domestic rivals.

Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, RB Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain are through to the last eight of the Champions League.

The second legs in the four other last 16 games, which were postponed in March because of the pandemic, will be played at their original venues.

Uefa hinted last month that the matches might take place in the northern Portuguese cities of Porto and Guimaraes on 5 and 6 August.

Home games

It means that Italian champions Juventus will host Lyon in Turin looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit while Manchester City will look to build on a 2-1 lead when they entertain Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

Barcelona will welcome Napoli to the Camp Nou with that tie poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg. 

Bayern Munich’s progress appears academic after crushing Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg.

The Europa League will also be completed with an identical format.

In that competition, six second-leg games remain in the last-16. 

However, the last-16 ties pitting Inter Milan against Getafe and Sevilla against Roma will take place as one-off matches in Germany.

The Europa League final will take place in Cologne at the RheinEnergieSTADION on 21 August, two days before the Champions League showdown at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz.

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