UEFA has decided to scrap ‘away goals’ from the club competitions
One thing that makes UEFA competitions so interesting are ‘away goals’. The pressure that the teams and fans face in the matches make it more breathtaking at last moments.
However, UEFA is set to get rid of the ‘away goals’ in knockout stages in all of the UEFA competitions including the Champions League.
The UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup has been deciding the match result on the basis of ‘away goals’ since first introduced in 1965.
Now after 55 years, the committee is going to scrap the ‘away goals’ concept from all of the UEFA competitions.
The decision will now be taken to UEFA’s executive committee for approval. ‘Away Goals’ will no longer be available for use in UCL and UEL if the decision gets passed further.
This means that the games will end up in a tie and will all go straight to extra time and then penalties.
The new concept will be introduced to get rid of the need of a play-off, when teams finished level. UEFA wants to encourage attacking play from away teams by this idea.
Did you remember the game Porto played against Juventus this UCL quarter-final? Though Juve managed to make it 3-3, Porto won on away goals.