Champions League and Europa League quarter/semi-final draws as they happened

Paul Reidy


UEFA Champions League 2019/20 quarter and semi final draws

Many thanks for following our coverage this morning in a draw tinged with a degree of melancholy with these UEFA show-piece games set to be staged behind closed doors in both Portugal and Germany.

The UEFA footage of packed stadiums, an image that seems so long ago despite being just over four months really does hit home. Anyhow, the draws delivered some potentially mouth watering ties as we now look forward to August when the action commences. 


and a reminder of how the Champions League draw looks....


Before we sign off this morning a brief recap of the UEFA draws. First up, the Europa League...

An easy reference bracket format to plot the path to the 2019/20 Europa League final in August

Very difficult to plot a path to the final but an all Italian or all Spanish match-up is a possibility.

Match dates are the following with UEFA to confirm the games on the corresponding dates later today.

Round of 16 5/6 August (kick-off 18:55, 21:00 CET)
Quarter-finals 10/11 August (21:00 CET)
Semi-finals 16/17 August (21:00 CET)
Final 21 August (21:00 CET)

Semi final match ups:

Winner QF 4 vs. Winner QF 2

Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 1

Match 4) Winner of Sevilla/Roma vs Wolves/Olympiacos

Match 2) Winner of  Lask/Man United vs. Başakşehir vs FC Copenhagen

Match 3) Winner Getafe/Inter v Rangers/Leverkusen

Draw time: First out is the winner of: Wolfsburg-Shakhtar vs. Frankfurt v Basel (Match 1)

UEFA's Giorgio Marchetti now runs through the details of the completion offering thanks to the German FA for offering to host the competition. To assist Mr. Marchetti this morning, former Bayern Munich's Thomas Helmer will be on hand to help with the draw.

Pedro Pinto now talks us through the four venues that will be used to stage the remainder of the competition to Duisburg, Schalke 04, Dusseldorf and Koln.

This is how the Round of 16 looks after one leg: 

Getafe-Inter Milan 

Shakhtar Donetsk-Wolfsburg (2-1)

Bayer Leverksen-Rangers (3-1)

Wolves-Olympiacos (1-1)

Manchester United-LASK (5-0)

Basel-Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0)


Copenhagen-Basaksehir (0-1)

Back to the Europa League: Today's draw holds no restrictions, no seeding and sides from the same country can be paired together. 

A quick reminder of how the quarter final draw of the Champions League panned out earlier.

Once again, just to reiterate that all games in UEFA competitions for the 19/20 season will be staged behind closed doors. 

Manchester United favourites to lift the trophy in Koln followed in the ranking by Inter and Bayer Leverkusen. We'll have a brief round robin of video calls with representatives from participating clubs.


Pedro Pinto once again on duty to navigate through the draw as we watch some action from previous rounds. 

These are the key dates for the outstanding games:

Round of 16 5/6 August (kick-off 18:55, 21:00 CET)
Quarter-finals 10/11 August (21:00 CET)
Semi-finals 16/17 August (21:00 CET)
Final 21 August (21:00 CET)

Four venues in Germany will be used to hold the remaining matches in the 2019/20 Europa League with games to be staged at:

Stadion Köln in Cologne (final venue)
MSV Arena in Duisburg
Dusseldorf Arena in Düsseldorf
Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen

Europa League: remaining sides

İstanbul Başakşehir (TUR) / Copenhagen (DEN) 
Olympiacos (GRE) / Wolves (ENG)
Rangers (SCO) / Leverkusen (GER)
Wolfsburg (GER) / Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Inter (ITA) / Getafe (ESP)
Sevilla (ESP) / Roma (ITA)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) / Basel (SUI)
LASK (AUT) / Manchester United (ENG)

16 sides remain in the competition with two games to be staged as a 'one off' given that the first legs didn't take place as a precautionary measure against the Covid-19 virus (Sevilla v Roma and Inter-Getafe).


Next up .... the Europa League quarter and semi final draw with some big names still involved in the competition.... Man United, Inter, Sevilla, Roma, Leverkusen...

The path to the Lisbon 23 August final


A reminder of the key dates for the 19/20 Champions League

7–8 August: Round of 16 second legs
12–15 August: Quarter-finals (Lisbon)
18–19 August: Semi-finals (Lisbon)
23 August: Final (Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon)

all games will start at 21:00 CEST

The days for the outstanding fixtures in the Round of 16 and subsequent quarter final games will be announced this afternoon by UEFA. 

Real Madrid (should they progress against City) could face Juve and Cristiano Ronaldo, and should they progress from the quarter final, could face FC Barcelona, at this point way too many 'coulds' with the second side of the draw that little bit easier to map as it involves the four already qualified sides (RB Leipzig, Atleti, PSG and Atalanta)

All sorts of possible permutations jump out but the picture will be that bit clearer once we finish the second leg of the Round of 16. 

Semi-final 1): Winner of QF 1 (MCFC-RMCF or Juve-OL) vs. QF 3 (Napoli-Barcelona or Chelsea-Bayern)

Semi-final 2) Winner QF 2 (RBL/ATM) vs QF4 (Atalanta v PSG)

That concludes the quarter final semi-final time .....

Game 4: Atalanta vs. PSG

Game 3: Winner of Napoli -FC Barcelona against winner of Chelsea/Bayern Munich

Game 2: RB Leipzig vs. At. Madrid 

Draw time .... eight balls in the draw.... 12 teams, open draw, no seeding and teams from the same club can be pitted together..... off we go ....1/4 final draw time.... first name out is ... Winner of Real Madrid or Man City who will face Lyon or Juve 


Pedro Pinto centre stage this morning ahead of the draw:

Today's draw assistant is Paulo Sosa who won the competition with both Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. The former Portuguese international offers his view on Lisbon staging the final games of the 2019/20 competition. 

Giorgio Marchetti will now run through the fine details ahead of the draw offering thanks to UEFA staff and the Portuguese FA ahead of the draw. 

Pinto reminding us that all the 'Final 8' games will be single leg ties kicking off on August 7th in Lisbon with the final taking place at Benfica's stadium on August 23rd. 

Giovani from Bayern talks about the Munich based sides hopes to secure a treble this season with FC Barcelona's Amor the final executive to speak in this round robin of video calls. 

The UEFA video showcasing how players kept fit during the lockdown period.

Gremlins affecting the connection with At. Madrid as Koke, Cerezo and Simeone unable to hear the call from UEFA. A similar technical problem from Emilio Butragueño who is unable to hear Pinto. Next up ....Manchester as City's director of football Aitor "Txiki" Begiristain reflects on lockdown.

Pinto now hooks up with a few of the big name players involved in the competition with Juve's Giorgio Chiellini reflecting on how he dealt with lockdown in Turin. Juve face Lyon in the second leg of the Round of 16 with the Italian side 1-0 ahead from the first leg.

Both PSG and Lyon are back in training ahead of the competition and new season with the French league one of the European leagues to be called off as a result of the pandemic. 

UEFA offer a run through of some of the highlights featuring the 12 sides in the competition... A hint of sadness at seeing packed stadiums full of celebrating supporters.....

We're live in Nyon as our MC for the morning Pedro Pinto talks about a 'draw with a difference' as representatives from many clubs will be live via video teleconferencing and not at UEFA's HQ.

Both Atalanta and RB Leipzig find themselves in new territory after their respective wins over Valencia and Dortmund in the Round of 16. Both sides will fancy themselves in a one off game with the Serie A side looking excellent since the resumption of action in Italy. 

PSG will fancy their chances this year having progressed to the last eight of the competition and now not having a home/away two leg scenario.

What to expect in this morning's draw.... There will be an introduction to the new format of the competition with a brief review of the 12 participating clubs followed by UEFA Secretary General Giorgio Marchetti outlining the specifics behind the 'Final 8' format for Lisbon. That will probably take us through to 12:30 before the preparations are conducted for the Europa League draw which will be staged at 13:00.

Another reminder that in all of the remaining games in both the Champions League and Europa League, no fans will be present with all ties to be staged behind closed doors as a deterrent for the spreading of the Covid-19 virus.

UEFA affirm that the venues and corresponding kick-off dates for the four quarter finals will be confirmed shortly after the draw taking place after a brief consultation process with audiovisual rights holders.

A reminder of the 12 teams that will feature in todays draw

Atalanta (ITA)
Atlético (ESP) 
Leipzig (GER)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

And the sides involved in the four round of 16 ties still to be concluded:

Chelsea (ENG) / Bayern Munich (GER)
Napoli (ITA) / Barcelona (ESP)
Real Madrid (ESP) / Manchester City (ENG)
Lyon (FRA) / Juventus (ITA)

Another Covid rule-change that UEFA has permitted is that of five substitutes.Teams will be able to make five substitutions but will only be allowed to make these changes at three points in the game. These three occasions do not include changes at half-time, between the end of normal playing time and extra time, and at half-time during extra time. One additional substitution will be allowed during extra time.

Bayern Munich have overtaken Manchester City as favourites to win the Champions League with FC Barcelona the third favourites to lift the trophy on 23 August in the Portuguese capital.

Before we can discover the final eight participants in the quarter final, there is the question of the second leg of Round of 16 games to be staged and they will now be played at the home grounds of the four sides in question.

The games will be staged on the following dates:

Round of 16: 7/8 August
Quarter-finals: 12-15 August
Semi-finals: 18/19 August
Final 23 August

All matches kick off at 21:00 CEST

A reminder that given the Covid-19 pandemic putting a halt to football for more than three months, this year's outstanding games in the competition will be single leg affairs with all matches staged in Lisbon at Benfica's Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the Estádio José Alvalade, home to Sporting CP.

The following second leg of the Round of 16 games are still to be staged hence 12 teams involved in the quarter final draw:

Bayern Munich-Chelsea (3-0)

Manchester City-Real Madrid (2-1)

Barcelona-Napoli (1-1)

Juventus-Olympique Lyon (0-1)

The winners will join At. Madrid, RB Leipzig, PSG and Atalanta in the quarter final.

Following the Champions League draw at mid-day, at 13:00 the Europa League draw for the final rounds will be staged so stay with us for an action packed morning of live draw action. 

The draw is expected to get underway at 12:00 CEST and will be staged at UEFA's Nyon headquarters.

Hello and a warm welcome to our live coverage of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League draw for the quarter and semi-finals of the competition.