Champions League: Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea in a UCL last-16 tie, at Bucharest.© AFP
Atletico Madrid‘s house match towards Chelsea within the Champions League last-16 has been moved from Spain to Bucharest because of coronavirus restrictions, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday. The primary-leg tie will likely be staged on the Area Nationala within the Romanian capital. Chelsea stated in a press release on their web site that the date of the match, February 23, and the kick-off time (2000 GMT) would stay the identical. The second leg is scheduled to happen at Stamford Bridge in London on March 17.
It’s the newest European match to be switched to a unique venue because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Spanish authorities on Tuesday prolonged a ban on arrivals by air from Britain, Brazil and South Africa till March 2 over new variants.
Solely authorized residents or nationals of Spain and the neighbouring micro-state of Andorra are at the moment allowed in on flights from these international locations.
In adjustments beforehand introduced, Manchester Metropolis’s first leg of their Champions League tie towards Borussia Moenchengladbach will likely be performed in Budapest whereas Liverpool’s match towards RB Leipzig has additionally been relocated to the Hungarian capital.
The Champions League, Europe’s prime membership competitors, was closely disrupted by the pandemic final season.
It was positioned on maintain when sport throughout Europe was halted in March.
UEFA then took the choice to finish the competitors as a “Remaining Eight” match in Lisbon in August, with out spectators. Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 within the last.
There have additionally been adjustments on this season’s Europa League because of virus guidelines.
Arsenal and Manchester United have had the primary legs of their last-32 matches moved.
The Gunners will tackle Benfica in Rome, whereas United’s assembly with Actual Sociedad has been switched from San Sebastian to Turin.
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