UEFA to stage Champions League 'final 8' tournament in Lisbon

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Linfield topped the table when the league was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, with Coleraine four points back in second place.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be staged over one leg, instead of the usual two, with the final to be held on August 23, UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti said after an executive committee meeting held by video conference.

Meanwhile, the quarter-finals in the Europa League will similarly be played over one-leg in four German cities: Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Gelsenkirchen between the 10-21 August, with the final in Cologne on August 21.

After that, single leg one-off quarter-final games will be played in Lisbon on four straight days from August 12-15, according to Reuters.

Inter also confirm that the remaining last 16 matches will either kick off at 18:55 CET or 21:00 CET and all matches after the last 16 will kick off at 21:00 CET.

UEFA is yet to determine whether those matches will take place at the respective host stadiums or in Portugal but a decision will be made before 10 July.

As discussed earlier today we now have a confirmed calendar when it comes to 2020/21 Champions League qualifying, with Celtic now knowing they are definitely preparing for August fixtures.

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The IFA must nominate three clubs to play in Uefa's competitions by 3 August - too short a timeframe for a completion after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Atalanta and Atlético Madrid already have qualified for the quarterfinals after winning their two-leg round-of-16 matchups.

But how it reaches that point - and when the qualifying rounds take place - is an extremely complex problem to solve with many leagues likely to still be ongoing when the preliminaries are usually scheduled.

Reports that UEFA will complete the Champions League with a mini-tournament covering 11 days in a single city have been given further credence on the eve of a vital summit of its top brass.

The governing body also confirmed the 12 cities due to host Euro 2020 had agreed to hold games next year and the tournament would proceed as planned in summer 2021.

Ceferin also ruled out the possibility of this knockout-style tournament format being used in future seasons, even if it proves to be a hit. "It would be incompetent from us if we were to decide in advance about the situation". The English Premier League followed suit starting Wednesday.

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