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Liverpool, Leipzig last-16 match ‘moved’ to new location amid Germany ban.

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UEFA’s regulations stipulated that the home side must find a way of hosting the match or risk forfeiting it as a 3-0 defeat.

Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 away tie against RB Leipzig will be staged in Budapest as coronavirus restrictions bar the English champions travelling to Germany, UEFA announced on Sunday.

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The February 16 first leg “will now take place at Puskas Arena in Budapest,” European football’s governing body confirmed.

UEFA’s statement thanked the two clubs “for their close cooperation and assistance in finding a solution to the issue at hand, as well as the Hungarian Football Federation for their support and agreeing to host the match in question.”

Confirmation of Budapest as hosts ended any doubt about the tie taking place after the imposition of strict entry rules in Germany to combat the spread of the pandemic.

UEFA’s regulations stipulated that the home side must find a way of hosting the match or risk forfeiting it as a 3-0 defeat.

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Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp had said he believed an exemption should have been made for his side to travel.

The decision from the German authorities on travel bans also places a question mark over another Champions League last-16 match, as Borussia Moenchengladbach host Manchester City on February 24.

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No UCL for Leipzig as Liverpool is ‘barred’ from entering Germany.

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The new rules, slated to last until the day after the game, ban travellers from countries hit by new, more contagious coronavirus variants such as Britain.

Liverpool will not be allowed to enter Germany for a Champions League match against RB Leipzig on February 16 because of strict entry rules imposed over the pandemic, the German interior ministry said Thursday.

“German federal police informed RB Leipzig today that the described case does not meet the requirements for an exception” to the travel restrictions, the interior ministry said in a statement.

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According to AFP sports subsidiary SID, Leipzig is now looking for an alternative location.

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The Bundesliga club is set to host Premier League champions Liverpool in a Champions League last-16, first-leg game but the planning for the match has been upended by Germany’s recently updated travel restrictions.

The new rules, slated to last until the day after the game, ban travellers from countries hit by new, more contagious coronavirus variants such as Britain.

Though there are some exceptions for medical workers and others in key professions, the interior ministry has repeatedly said that there is “no special provision for professional sportspeople”.

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According to German media reports, UEFA’s regulations decree that Leipzig must find a way of hosting the match or risk forfeiting it as a 3-0 defeat.

Potential solutions include playing the game at a neutral ground outside of Germany, or switching the home and away legs of the tie so that the first leg would be in Liverpool.

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Final score: Leipzig 0-3 PSG

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Paris St-Germain are through to their first Champions League final courtesy of a deserved victory over RB Leipzig in an entertaining semi-final in Lisbon.

2019/2020 UEFA Champions League
0-3
Marquinhos (13′)
Di Maria (42′)
Bernat (56′)


Match Reports


One of Europe’s biggest spenders, but also one of the continent’s most high-profile underachievers on the grandest stage, PSG finally seized their opportunity courtesy of goals from Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat.

The former, who scored the first of two late goals in a comeback win over Atalanta in the last eight, rose to head home a superbly delivered free-kick from Di Maria.

The Argentine forward then finished well from close range following an audacious flick from Neymar after Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi had relinquished possession with a dire kick.

With the fit again Kylian Mbappe and Neymar terrorising the Leipzig backline, the French side should have been out of sight before the break, but the latter twice hit the post – from a clipped finish and then an opportunist free-kick from range – before side-footing another chance wide at the near post.

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Prior to PSG’s second, Yussuf Poulsen had Leipzig’s best chance but fired wide after he was found by a Dani Olmo pull-back.

Bernat sealed the win in the second half with a header that Leipzig felt was offside but was legitimate as the prone Nordi Mukiele, who had slipped in the build-up, was playing the scorer onside.

PSG will find out who they face in Sunday’s final when five-time winners Bayern Munich play Lyon in the other semi-final on Wednesday.

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Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

6′ CHANCE! Neymar’s shot hits the post

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7′ Neymar handball early, Mbappe’s goal disallowed

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13′ GOAL! Leipzig 0-1 PSG (Marquinhos)

25′ CLOSE! Poulsen’s shot inches wide

35′ NICE TRY! Neymar’s free-kick hits the post

42′ GOAL! Leipzig 0-2 PSG (Di Maria)

44′ MISS! Neymar’s shot inches wide

48′ Yellow Card! Kimpembe booked

56′ GOAL! Leipzig 0-3 PSG (Bernat)

70′ CLOSE! Mbappe’s header inches wide

76′ What a miss! Neymar falls down

80′ Gulacsi makes brilliant double-save

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Line-ups
Leipzig XI: Gulacsi, Kampl, Sabitzer, Poulsen, Klostermann, Angelino, Laimer, Mukiele, Nkunku, Upamecano, Olmo

Subs: Tschauner, Forsberg, Halstenberg, Mvogo, Orban, Schick, Adams, Haidara, Lookman, J. Wosz, D. Borkowski, Hugo Novoa

PSG XI: Thiago Silva, Di Maria, Herrera, Neymar, Paredes, Rico, Marquinhos, Bernat, Kimpembe, Kehrer, Mbappe

Subs: Choupo-Moting, Verratti, Gueye, Sarabia, Kurzawa, Draxler, Icardi, Diallo, Dagba, Bakker, Bulka, Innocent.

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Timo Werner would be ‘fantastic’ signing for Liverpool, says Phil Thompson


TimoWerner is good enough to challenge Liverpool’s front three and would be a “fantastic” signing for the club, according to former Reds defender Phil Thompson.

The RB Leipzig forward is ready to sign for Liverpool if they pay his £52m release clause before it expires on June 15, but the Premier League leaders do not intend to make a move for him before this deadline.

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Werner has scored 88 goals in 150 games for Leipzig since joining the club in 2016 and Thompson believes the Germany international would thrive under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.

“I think he’ll give a realistic challenge to the front three. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino – they look as though they’re set,” said Thompson.

“We do have Divock Origi but I think everybody realises that he’s more of an impact player, for sort of the last 15, 20 minutes – but that’s not really good enough.

“We do need somebody a little bit better. Some people will say ‘Will Werner get in and will he want to come to Liverpool?’. I think he would and I think he does.

“You look at Manchester City, they’ve got two top class players in every position. That is what Liverpool need and I think Werner would help to give us that.

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“With the lure of Jurgen Klopp, I think that would tick the box for him, and I think he would be a fantastic signing. Something that we do actually need.”

While uncertainty remains over the transfer market in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Thompson is keen for Liverpool to reinforce their squad when business resumes.

“I think we do need a back-up for Andy Robertson. He does play a lot of games,” added Thompson.

“Neco Williams, at right-back, I do see him being able to cover for Trent [Alexander-Arnold], but I think at left-back – [Yasser] Larouci, the young lad we have is a really good player, but I think we need someone a bit more experienced.

“And I do think we need a bit of a creative player. I know they’re talking about Adam Lallana going, but he is that sort of player.

“If you go back five years you’d be looking to bring Lallana in. He’s the creative one in that hole behind Bobby Firmino, and I think that is an important place we can look to strengthen.”

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‘Sadio Mane is more than happy at Liverpool’
Reports in Spain claim Real Madrid are preparing a bid to sign Sadio Mane in the next transfer window but Thompson believes the forward is happy to remain with the European champions.

“We had the same thing with Mohamed Salah last summer, fending off Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. I think it was the same the summer before after he had his first season,” said Thompson.

“These things always happen.

“Sadio Mane will [attract interest] as well because of the way he played – he was our best forward last year without a doubt and he does bring something great.

“If you’re asking me who is the one that is happier at our football club, I would say Sadio Mane and I would think he’s more than happy to be there.”

Thompson unfazed by Eredivisie decision
The Dutch Eredivisie has become the first major European league to cancel its season as a result of the coronavirus, with leaders Ajax denied the title, and promotion and relegation scrapped.

However, Thompson isn’t concerned that the decision will set a precedent for the Premier League, with Liverpool currently 25 points clear at the top of the table.

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“This league is possibly a little bit different,” he said.

“Ajax were only top on goal difference, you know then it could change within a couple of games. Ours is maybe cut and dry at the top.

“There is so much at stake in the Premier League, with the finances for the teams and whoever is going to play in Europe and the relegation situation. It’s a massive amount of money.

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“No disrespect to the Dutch league but it is not as competitive financially as the Premier League.”


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Liverpool Pause Timo Werner Talks Because of Coronavirus Disruption


Liverpool have put their interest in Timo Werner on hold as they postpone all contract-related talks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

RB Leipzig star striker Werner has scored a tremendous 21 goals in just 25 Bundesliga outings this season; and would offer a different option to current central forward Roberto Firmino – who tends to play more of a role in bringing others into scoring positions than scoring himself.

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