Away targets rule scrapped in Uefa competitions together with Champions League

Juventus lose to Porto in the Champions League


Juventus lost to Porto on away goals in the quarter-finals of the 2020-21 Champions League

The away goals rule in European club football is to be abolished from the start of next season, governing body Uefa has confirmed.

The rule, used since 1965, decided drawn two-legged games by favouring the team that scored the most away goals.

All ties level on aggregate at the end of the second leg will instead now go to extra time.

“It is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight,” said Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin.

Uefa’s club competitions committee made the proposal in May and it has now been approved by the body’s executive committee.

It means games in the Champions League, Europa League, Europa Conference League and Women’s Champions League will no longer use the rule.

Uefa says there is now a smaller gap between the number of home and away wins as well as home and away goals scored in European competitions compared to when the rule was introduced, reducing home…