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UEFA Champions League to resume August 7

The Champions League will finish with a 12-day mini-tournament in Lisbon, restarting on August 7.

The competition is set to resume following an extended break due to the coronavirus pandemic with four of the eight Round of 16 second-leg ties still left to be played.

The remaining second-leg matches will be played on August 7-8, with a decision still to be made on whether they will take place at the home team’s stadiums or in Portugal.

Eight teams will play from the quarterfinals in knockout games at two venues, the UEFA executive committee decided Wednesday.

The semi-final round will be held on August 18-19 with the Estadio da Luz hosting the final on August 23.

The unprecedented solution also sees the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul — the originally scheduled host for the final — pushed back by one year.

The Europa League will also get an eight-team knockout tournament. It will be played in four stadiums in western Germany starting Aug. 10.

Cologne is set to host the final on Friday, Aug. 21. It was originally scheduled to be on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland. The Polish city will host the 2021 final.

UEFA competitions are scheduled to restart after the completion deadline for domestic leagues on Aug. 3.

The biggest decision during the shutdown was UEFA postponing the European Championship until June 2021. All 12 host cities, in 12 countries, were reconfirmed Wednesday to stage their games next year.

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