Champions League: Uefa 'fully committed' to hosting tournament in Portugal despite Lisbon lockdown

Tom Doyle
Evening Standard
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Uefa remains "fully committed" to staging the remainder of the Champions League in Lisbon in August despite several suburbs of the city preparing to go back into lockdown due to coronavirus.

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the tournament will all be held as single-leg fixtures in Lisbon between August 7-23, split between Benfica's Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting CP's Estadio Jose Alvalade.

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European football's governing body said in a statement on Tuesday that president Aleksander Ceferin had held a video conference with Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa to discuss plans for the eight-team mini-tournament.

"During the meeting, all parties underlined they are fully committed to working together in a collaborative manner in order to deliver a successful event in Lisbon," UEFA said.

Last Thursday, the Portuguese government said that those people living in the affected areas of the capital - 19 parishes not including downtown Lisbon - would be allowed to leave home only to buy essential goods or to travel to and from work.

The measure will be in place from July 1-14 and will then be reviewed.

Champions League dates and schedule

  • 7-8 August: Round of 16 second legs (venues TBC)

  • 12-15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)

  • 18-19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)

  • 23 August: Final (Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)

Additional reporting by Reuters.

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