With the conclusion of the round of sixteen, we now have to complete lineup for Europa League’s quarter finals.
UEFA’s valiant efforts:
The pandemic laden season demanded amendment and UEFA complied. The regulating board of European football is optimally managing the situation at hand and has taken decisions which prioritises the completion of the tournament fairly. The matches will be played behind closed doors with limited staff present. The number of players allowed to be substituted in has gone up from three to five to compensate for the hectic schedule on which the players are operating.
To minimise travel, the whole tournament will be hosted in Germany, at different stadiums.
Protocols for unprecedented times:
The matches will be single legged, contrary to the Europa League norm, and can proceed beyond the stipulated ninety into extra time and penalties to decide the victor. The fixtures are stacked close with little room for respite. If the game gets dragged into extra time, teams will be allowed to make a sixth substitution if they want.
How’s the competition setting up?
Manchester United has defeated F.C Copenhagen, thanks to a Bruno Fernandes penalty which was earned by Martial as he was brought down with a shove from the back. The goal came early into the extra time as both the teams put on attacking displays throughout the ninety minutes without anything telling.
The other concluded quarter final had more goals in it as Inter Milan defeated Bayer Leverkusen by two goals to one in a well fought match. Lukaku scored his team’s second goal to become the first player in the competition’s history to have scored in nine successive UEL matches. Leverkusen’s dazzling youngster halved his team’s deficit with a hard, drilled shot. With Leverkusen eliminated, there will be no more German teams to feature in this year’s competition.
Wolves got their dreams crushed as Sevilla netted a single goal and are moving on to the semis to meet a resurgent Manchester United, buoyed by the youthful side and the exuberance of the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. F.C Basel was mauled by the four goals pumped in by Shakhtar Donetsk footballers. Shakhtar is going to face Inter Milan in the semis.
Where to watch the matches:
There will be exhilarating football on display as these teams put a fight in neutral, vacant grounds for an European trophy. All these matches will be televised and live streamed. The matches will be available on TV as well as on OTT platforms.
Sony TEN Network:
In India, the fans can watch the Europa League semi finals on Sony Ten 1, Ten1 HD, Ten 2 and Ten 2 HD. These channels are available with any standard DTH and cable-packages.
The Semi Finals and Final will be telecasted on the Sony Ten network. All the matches will be available on Sony LIV ,where viewers can livestream the matches.
The fans in England, eager to know how the teams from their country fare, can tune in to BT Sports which holds the rights to broadcast the Europa League. They can also catch the action on BT Sports app if they’re away from TV screens. The BT TV provides you with an opportunity to add the BT Sports channel at just a nominal 10 GBP per month while the Starter or the Entertainment-extra combo will get you the channel for free. A BT Broadband will offer you the chance to catch the sporting action at 16 GBP monthly, while without the Broadband you will have to pay 29.99 GBP per month.
Sky sports network will be broadcasting the competition in Italy. With the Sky Sports channel available on NOW TV, fans have more options to watch their favorite soccer action now. The Sky Sports Month pass undergoes an auto-renewal every couple of months at 33.99 GBP per month, whereas a NOW TV Boost provides you with a weeklong free trial and then auto-renews at 3 GBP per month.
The livestreams of the matches will be available on Reddit as well and users can search for the matches with relevant keywords to come across functional links which will stream the matches. A sturdy internet connection will provide access to the viewer to stream games on Reddit.