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UEFA Champions League Set For 12-Day Lisbon Finals

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UEFA are expected to announce that the final knockout games of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League will all be played in a 12-day carnival in Lisbon.

It’s anticipated that the UEFA Executive Committee will approve the proposal which will see the remainder of the matches played from August 12-23.

All quarter-final, semi-final and final ties will be reduced to single legs played at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Sporting Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade.

It’s unclear where the second legs of the remaining Round of 16 fixtures will be played, with Manchester City-Real Madrid among the fixtures.

The other last 16 ties which haven’t been resolved are Bayern Munich-Chelsea, Juventus-Lyon and Barcelona-Napoli.

All matches in Lisbon would be played behind closed doors, as things stand, although this could change if the Portuguese government eases restrictions. Currently all Primeira Liga matches are played in front of empty stands.

Portugal has had 37,036 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,520 deaths, with the nation’s curve stabilising to around 300 new cases per day.

No decision has been made on the Europa League or Women’s Champions League, but Frankfurt-am-Main or Dusseldorf have been floated as options for the second tier men’s continental competition.

UEFA are also understood to mulling over the 2020-21 Champions League format and how to proceed with the European Championships to be staged next year.

It’s also believed that Istanbul, who were scheduled to host this season’s Champions League final, will be compensated with the right to host a future final.

Ben somerford
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