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Champions League to resume on August 7, closing stages moved to Portugal

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UEFA has announced that the Champions League will resume on August 7, with the remaining last-16 ties played before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final take place in Portugal.

There are still four outstanding second-leg matches from the round of 16 to be played that were postponed prior to football’s suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. These ties are Real Madrid v Manchester City, Juventus v Lyon, Napoli v Barcelona and Chelsea v Bayern Munich.

It is not yet clear whether these matches will take place at their original venues or at neutral stadia. The quarter-finals onwards will be played as a straight knock-out tournament in Portugal, moving the final from its original venue of Istanbul.

Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Paris Saint-Germain and Atalanta have already reached the last eight.

“The quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final will be played as a straight eight knockout tournament in Lisbon between the 12th and 23rd of August 2020,” said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti.

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“The remaining round of 16 second leg matches will be played on the 7th and 8th of August, depending on the decision if they will be played in the home stadiums or Portugal.

“If they were to be played in the centralised system Porto and Guimares will host.”

UEFA confirmed Istanbul would now host the 2021 final with all venues for subsequent finals pushed back a year.

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