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.