Knock out: VAR to decide Champions League matches

Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used from the last 16 of this ’s Champions , UEFA has confirmed.European football’s governing body had already to using VAR in its competitions from -20 onwards.

But last month, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli revealed there was scope to bring it in earlier.

This move was confirmed at the Nations Finals draw in Dublin yesterday, with all forthcoming knockout matches in UEFA’s flagship club to benefit from VAR.

Alongside the Champions rollout, VAR will also be used in this ’s Europa final “but not, it seems, in the knockout rounds as well as the Nations Finals and next year’s European Under-21 .

“We are ready to use VAR earlier than initially planned and we are convinced that it will be beneficial for our competitions as it will provide valuable help to match officials and will allow to reduce incorrect decisions,” Ceferin said.

Meanwhile, reigning European champions Portugal were drawn against Switzerland in the Nations semi-finals, while England go up against Netherlands.

Fernando Santos will be hoping to guide his team to second successive European trophy in June, with Portugal hosting the final rounds of UEFA’s inaugural .

Portugal have avoided the highest-ranked side in the final four, with England set to go up against Ronaldo Koeman’s resurgent Oranje in potentially gripping .Gareth Southgate’s men clinched spot in the Finals thanks to 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Croatia, building on their own positive showing in Russia this year.

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