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UEFA Sets 2019/20 UCL, UEL Fixtures



By Adedapo Adesanya

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) on Friday set the final fixtures for the 2019/2020 season of both the Champions League and the Europa League which were suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus three months ago.

Manchester City are set to face either Juventus or Lyon if they progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, having a 2-1 advantage over Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

Whoever wins between Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the second leg tie will face either Napoli or Barcelona. This will be a hard task for Chelsea who lost the first leg tie at home by three unreplied goals in February.

Out of the remaining eight teams, four had qualified before the global health emergency forced the regional club football competition to be halted in March.

Due to their qualification before the break, German club RB Leipzig will face Spanish heavyweights, Atlético Madrid, who sent defending champions, Liverpool out in the previous round, while French champions, Paris Saint Germain, will face Italian outfit, Atalanta.

After the conclusion of the second legs of the Round of 16 on August 7 and 8, the remaining eight teams will meet in a one-off quarterfinal tournament scheduled to hold in Lisbon, Portugal from August 12 to 15.

The semi-finals will then take place August 18 and 19 with the final to be held at the Stadium of Light, Lisbon on August 23.

Meanwhile, in the Europa League, if they progress, 2017 winners, Manchester United, have been drawn against whoever wins between Turkish side, Istanbul Basaksehir, or Danish team, Copenhagen, in the last eight of the Europa League.

Another English side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, if they win a return leg against Greek giants, Olympiakos, will have a potential tie against Sevilla or Roma.

Rangers FC of Scotland, who lost the first leg 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen, will play either Inter Milan or Getafe if they reach the quarter-finals.

The return legs will take place on 5 or 6 August.

The last-16 ties between Inter Milan and Getafe and Sevilla and Roma will both be played as one-off matches in Germany after the coronavirus outbreak in Italy and Spain in March resulted in both first legs being called off.

The last three rounds of the Europa League will then be held in Germany at the home grounds of Duisburg, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Schalke and Cologne. The latter’s venue – The RheinEnergieStadion will host the final, which has been moved from Gdansk in Poland, on August 21.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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