Champions League, Europa League state of play

European football is back – and there is a thrilling fortnight in store.

The continent’s two club competitions, the Champions League and Europa League, are being played using new tournament-style formats in Portugal and Germany, five months after the coronavirus shut down the European season.

After a 149-day wait, the Champions League returned on Friday as Manchester City completed the job against Real Madrid, while Juventus fell just short against Lyon.

In the Europa League, Manchester United have reached the semi-finals while Wolves still await their quarter-final tie – and a last-four showdown is on the cards…
What is the schedule?
The format of the final stages of the competition has been amended, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final all now set to be held in Lisbon, Portugal.

The remaining matches are one-legged ties played in Lisbon at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz or Sporting Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade.
What is the schedule?
The Covid-19 outbreak has also prompted change to the final stages of the Europa League, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final all to be held in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

All the remaining knockout games will be one-legged ties played at Cologne’s RheinEnergieStadion, Schalke’s Veltins Arena, Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Merkur Spiel-Arena or MSV Duisburg’s Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena.

Man Utd – who beat LASK 7-1 on aggregate in the last 16 – are now through to the last four. Bruno Fernandes’ extra-time penalty edged them through at the quarter-final stage as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side toiled to victory against gutsy FC Copenhagen.

They could face Wolves – who saw off Olympiakos – on August 16 in Cologne for a place in the final – but only if Nuno Espirito Santo’s side see off Sevilla.

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