UEFA confirms Manchester City will host Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium in the last 16 games of the Champions League
UEFA confirm that Manchester City will host Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium in the last 16 return games of the Champions League
- UEFA said the last 16 games of the Champions League will not be played in neutral locations
- It means Manchester City will host Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium in August
- The first leg in Madrid ended 2-1 for City, but the second leg was postponed
- The last 16 games of Wolves and Manchester United in the Europa League take place in England
UEFA has given the green light to Manchester City’s Champions League last 16 return game against Real Madrid to be played behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium.
While it confirmed that all remaining continental games will be played in empty stadiums, European football governing body said that any excellent second leg match will take place on the home team’s field.
Pep Guardiola’s City will breathe a sigh of relief at the decision of UEFA’s Executive Committee, meaning they can step up against Real Madrid after winning 2-1 in the last 16 first leg of February in Bernabeu.
Man City can play their Champions League game of the last 16 games against Real Madrid at home
UEFA confirmed that all outstanding last 16 seconds will not be played in neutral locations
Due to the continued impact of coronavirus, the Champions League quarter-finals, semifinals and finals will all be held at a closed-door mini-tournament in Portugal.
A UEFA statement said: “In accordance with the principle of sporting justice and as the current circumstances – all clubs playing the eighth finals return game because of the home game, currently play the remaining matches of their national leagues in their own stadiums and that travel is possible without restrictions for the visiting clubs – the UEFA Executive Committee has decided that the remaining UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League round of 16 games will be played in home stadiums in the second leg. ‘
The decision means that Wolves can play the return of their Europa League eighth 16-game final with Olympiacos in Molineux after the first game ended 1-1.
Manchester United can round off progress to the last eight Europa League tournament in Germany on an empty Old Trafford, after battling for a 5-0 win over LASK in March.
The remaining European club matches are played in neutral locations from the quarterfinals
Manchester City led Real Madrid 2-1 of the last 16 away games in February