THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE knockout stages are in full swing and this year’s competition hots up.
Man City are 1-0 down against Tottenham from their first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and play at the Etohad Stadium tonight for the second leg.
But as the knockout games roll into their second-legs, the prospect of extra time and penalties come into the mix.
As ever, there are different rules in this competition to others regarding the crucial away goals.
Do away goals count in extra time of Champions League matches?
AS ever, away goals count if the game finishes a draw on aggregate after 90 minutes.
Uefa are considering changing the rule but for now it will remain the same.
So extra time can 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.
Spot kicks will only be used if there are no goals in extra time. Simple!