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UEFA Plans to Finish Champions League in Mini-Tournament in Lisbon, Concluding with Aug. 23 Final


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Champions League Schedule, Return Plan
UEFA is planning to return the Champions League to Portugal for an August end to the tournament. Andre Kosters/EPA.

European football’s governing body is reportedly planning to complete this season’s UEFA Champions League with a 12-day mini-tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.

The capital city has been slated to host a condensed competition beginning in mid-August, by which point it’s hoped all domestic competitions will have reached their end.

The Associated Press cited Sky Italia in reporting two Lisbon stadia—likely Porto’s Estadio do Dragao and Benfica’s Estadio da Luz—were expected to host an eight-team knockout contest.

Planned Champions League Schedule

Aug. 12-15: Quarter-Finals

Aug. 18-19: Semi-Finals

Aug. 23: Final

Europe’s premier competition was suspended in mid-March alongside every major domestic league due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Four second-leg fixtures in the round of 16 were yet to be played when play was postponed, though Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid and Atalanta had already secured their places in the quarter-finals.

The Women’s Champions League quarters were due to start before the pandemic paused proceedings, with UEFA said to be targeting Bilbao in Spain for its finish, per The Times:

Germany’s Bundesliga resumed in mid-May and was followed by Spain’s top flight, La Liga, while the Premier League and Serie A are scheduled to resume on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

It’s expected that those round-of-16 matches yet to be decided will take place behind closed doors and possibly at the venues of those clubs concerned.

Manchester City led Real Madrid 2-1 having won their away leg, while Barcelona secured a 1-1 draw at Napoli and were set to host the return fixture. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich were on the verge of qualifying after hammering Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, and Lyon clinched a 1-0 home victory over Juventus.

UEFA’s Executive Committee is scheduled to meet via video conference on Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18, when a final decision is expected on the course of action for club competitions.

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