GET ready for more drama when we reach the knockout stages of the Champions League and Europa League.
Find the latest information on how the away goals rule is used in Europe’s top two competitions.
Do away goals count in Champions League and Europa League games?
Away goals have been a feature of European knockout games since 1965.
But in 2021, that all changed.
After years of speculation, Uefa have decided to abolish the away goals rule in Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League qualifiers, as well as in two-game knockout games.
Therefore, any tie total now results in a tie in overtime.
If the score is still equal after the additional 30 minutes, it goes to penalties.
The law previously gave a significant advantage to teams who scored on the street, but drew criticism from many fans.
Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin explained the decision: “The away goals rule has been an integral part of Uefa competitions since it was introduced in 1965. However, the question of their abolition has been discussed at various UEFA meetings in recent years.
“While there was no consensus on views, many coaches, fans and other football stakeholders have questioned its fairness and called for the rule to be abolished.
“The effect of the rule is now counter to its original purpose as it now actually discourages home teams – particularly in the first legs – from attacking for fear of conceding a goal that would give their opponent a crucial advantage.
“There is also criticism of the unfairness, especially in extra time, of obliging the home team to score twice when the away team has scored.
“It’s fair to say that home field advantage isn’t as significant these days as it used to be.
“Taking into account the consistent playing styles across Europe and many different factors that have led to a decline in home advantage, the UEFA Executive Committee made the right decision in taking the view that it is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight than a home gate.”
That means Bayern Munich could be the last side ever eliminated from the Champions League on away goals as they drew 3-3 on aggregate with Paris Saint-Germain in 2021.
PSG won the first leg in Munich 3-2 before Bayern beat them 1-0 in the second leg in Paris but were eliminated due to the now-defunct rule.
Are there overtime and penalties in the Champions League and Europa League in the event of a draw?
Yes. If the total score is equal after two 90-minute games, the game goes into overtime in the second leg.
If the scores are tied at the end of extra time, we will have penalties to decide the winner.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/464104/champions-league-away-goals-rule/ Do away goals count double in the Champions League and Europa League? – The US sun