Do away goals count in the Champions League and does the rule come into play if ties go to extra time?

7 May

The Champions League is down to the last four, with two English teams still in with a chance.

Liverpool take on Barcelona tonight, while Tottenham travel to Ajax on Wednesday with both Premier League clubs needing to overturn first leg deficits to reach the final.

Messi inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win in the first leg of their semi-final against Liverpool

As the knockout games roll into their second legs, the possibility of extra time and penalties come into play and an away goal can prove crucial.

Do away goals count in extra time of Champions League matches?

Away goals count if the game finishes a draw on aggregate after 90 minutes.

Extra time can therefore only happen if the same reverse scoreline appears in both games and the two teams have the same amount of away goals.

Here’s the UEFA guidelines on what happens next: “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).

“If no goals are scored during extra time, kicks from the penalty mark determine which team qualifies for the next stage.”

So if we reach extra time and EITHER team scores within the added 30 minutes, there is NO chance of the game going to penalties.

If the away team manages to score in extra time, away goals kick in and the home side must net twice to progress.

Penalties will only be used if there are no goals in extra time.