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The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT (Image: GETTY)

Tottenham travel to Borussia Dortmund this evening safe in the knowledge they have one foot in the next stage of the Champions League.

Goals from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente three weeks ago secured a commanding 3-0 advantage for Spurs over Dortmund.

Real, meanwhile, are in a strong position too after Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio struck to help beat Ajax 2-1 in the first leg of their tie.

Tottenham and Real might slip up though and Express Sport is on hand to explain the Champions League rules their supporters need to bear in mind.

Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Dortmund at Wembley means they need not worry about away goals coming back to bite them at Signal Iduna Park.

However, they would be forced to go to extra time if they concede three goals without reply to Lucian Favre’s Dortmund tonight.

In that instance, the extra time would consist of two halves of 15 minutes, with penalties to determine the winner if that period is goalless.

Should Dortmund bag in extra time and Tottenham fail too, or vice versa, the team which gets on the scoresheet will progress.

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT (Image: GETTY)

If there is a score draw in extra time, Tottenham will advance into the last eight by virtue of having scored an away goal.

Tottenham will reach the quarter-finals without the game needing to go to extra time if they draw, beat Dortmund in 90 minutes or are beaten by less than three goals on the night.

The situation in Real Madrid’s tie against Ajax is different, with both teams having scored in the first leg.

Should the teams draw 0-0, Real will advance towards another potential final appearance having won the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

Real will also progress if they beat Ajax by any scoreline on the night, or if Ajax beat them 1-0 due to the fact they have scored more away goals.

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT (Image: GETTY)

If Ajax beat Real 2-1 at the Bernabeu, the match will go to extra time and then, if that period is goalless, penalties.

Should Ajax beat Real by more than one goal in the standard 90 minutes, they will progress to the knockout stages.

They will also advance if they win by one goal but the score on the night is 3-2 to them, or greater, having scored more away goals.

If Real and Ajax go to extra time having drawn 3-3 on aggregate, Real will progress if they come out on top in that period.

Ajax, though, can advance if they beat Real in extra time or the result in that 30 minutes is a score draw because they will have scored more away goals than their opponents.

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT (Image: GETTY)

Article 20 of UEFA’s regulations for the 2018-21 Champions League cycle lay out the above points as follows:

Article 20 Away goals rule, extra time and kicks from the penalty mark

20.01 For matches played under the knockout system, if the two teams involved in a tie score the same number of goals over the two legs, the team which scores more away goals qualifies for the next stage.

If this procedure does not produce a result, i.e. if both teams score the same number of goals at home and away, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played at the end of the second leg.

If both teams score the same number of goals during extra time, away goals count double (i.e. the visiting team qualifies for the next stage). If no goals are scored during extra time, kicks from the penalty mark determine which team qualifies for the next stage.

20.02 If extra time is required, there is a five-minute break between the end of normal time and the start of extra time. As a rule, the players remain on the field of play during this five-minute break, at the discretion of the referee.

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT (Image: GETTY)

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT

The Champions League rules that Tottenham, Real Madrid fans MUST be aware of TONIGHT (Image: GETTY)

20.03 Kicks from the penalty mark are taken in accordance with the procedure laid down in the IFAB Laws of the Game.

20.04 The referee decides which goal will be used for the kicks:

a. If either goal could be used for the kicks, then, in the presence of the two captains, the referee tosses a coin to decide which goal will be used.

b. For reasons of safety/security, state of the field of play, lighting or other similar reasons, the referee may decide which goal will be used without tossing a coin. Such decisions are final and require no justification.

24 II – Competition System

20.05 To ensure that the procedure is strictly observed, the referee is assisted by his team, who also note down the numbers of the players on each team who have taken kicks from the penalty mark.

20.06 If through the fault of a team, the taking of kicks from the penalty mark cannot be completed, the provisions of Article 28 apply



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