Manchester United go to Barcelona in the Champions League tonight knowing only a win will give them any chance of going through.United fell to a 1-
Manchester United go to Barcelona in the Champions League tonight knowing only a win will give them any chance of going through.
United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the first leg of their quarter-final as the visitors grabbed what could be a crucial away goal.
Here, Express Sport tells you all you need to know about the permutations facing United and the other teams playing tonight.
A 1-0 win for United in 90 minutes would send the tie to extra-time and that is the only scoreline where extra-time is possible.
A victory where both teams score – 2-1, 3-2 or 4-3 for example – would guarantee safe passage to the semi-finals through virtue of the away goals rule.
Anything less than a win for United and Barcelona are into the last four.
If extra-time is required, 30 minutes will be played and a penalty shootout will decide the tie if there are no goals in the extra period of play.
Things are finely poised in tonight’s other quarter-final second leg between Juventus and Ajax in Turin.
Juve remain in pole position after a 1-1 draw in the first leg. A win will send Cristiano Ronaldo and co and the same goes for Ajax.
However, the Dutch side can go through if it finishes as any score draw other than 1-1.
If it is 1-1 after 90 minutes extra-time and possibly penalties will be required to separate them.
Champions League rules
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.
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.