Is the away goal rule still in effect in the Champions League round of 16?

By navneet Singh

The away goal rule was introduced in the Champions League (previously known as the European Cup) in 1956.

The away goal rule was abolished by UEFA, the competition's governing body, in June 2021.

The away goal rule is one of the three FIFA-approved ways to determine a game's winner in the event of a draw, along with extra time and penalties.

The away goal rule is generally utilised in ties which comprise home and away legs - the knockout stage of the Champions League.

When the scores are tied, the application of the away goals rule makes any goals scored away from home effectively count twice.

If the final score after two legs is tied, the side with the most away goals is declared the winner.

The Champions League's away goal rule was eliminated because UEFA believed it was improper "for an away goal to carry more weight than one scored at home."

There will be renewed discussion regarding the away goal rule and how it altered the dynamics of games prior to the pivotal UCL matches.

Tonight will mark the commencement of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 with Chelsea hosting Borussia Dortmund and Benfica hosting Club Brugge.

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