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Kicker: Leipzig-Liverpool second-leg also set to move to Budapest

By Peter Vice

Current corona-related protective orders in effect in the German state of Saxony look to ensure that RB Leipzig's second-leg UCL fixture will also take place in Budapest. 

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German restrictions on U.K. travelers moved the home-leg of Leipzig's round-of-16 Champions' League fixture against Liverpool to the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary. The very same regulations would apply to the German squad if they were to travel to England to play Jürgen Klopp's Reds in the scheduled return-leg on March 10th. 

Some German Bundesländer (states) allow exceptions for short-term travel involving professional athletes. It has been reported by Britain's "Times" that the Bundesliga's roten Bullen will be granted no such exemption. Hence, UEFA has submitted a request to the club for an alternate plan. 

German footballing magazine Kicker contacted officials at RB for comment on Tuesday, but could obtain no concrete confirmation of plans to move the match. The magazine nevertheless disclosed that an announcement concerning a different venue for the match would come on Wednesday. 

Even though both legs were played on neutral territory, the second fixture would be considered a home match for Liverpool. Accordingly, the away-goals rule remains in effect. RB must beat the EPL side by a 3-1 scoreline or higher to advance to the quarterfinals.

66Trent Alexander-Arnold
47Nathaniel Phillips
19Ozan Kabak
26Andrew Robertson ↩90
6Thiago Alcântara ↩72
5Georginio Wijnaldum (C) ↩82
11Mohamed Salah
20Diogo Jota ↩71
10Sadio Mané ↩90
53Harvey Davies
27Divock Origi ↪71
21Konstantinos Tsimikas ↪90
28Ben Davies
46Rhys Williams
76Neco Williams
7James Milner ↪82
8Naby Keïta ↪72
15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ↪90
17Curtis Jones
23Xherdan Shaqiri
RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
22Nordi Mukiele
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
16Lukas Klostermann
44Kevin Kampl ↩46
14Tyler Adams
25Daniel Olmo ↩72
7Marcel Sabitzer (C)
18Christopher Nkunku
9Yussuf Poulsen ↩60
10Emil Forsberg ↩60
33Josep Martínez
11Hwang Hee-Chan ↪60
19Alexander Sørloth ↪46
21Justin Kluivert ↪60
4Willi Orban
6Ibrahima Konaté
23Marcel Halstenberg
39Benjamin Henrichs
8Amadou Haidara ↪72
20Lazar Samardžić

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