Champions League: How would the round of 16 have been with the double value of away goals?

The eight crosses of the round of 16 of the Champions League 2021-22 had a great novelty. UEFA decided before this season that the double value of away goals would disappear. A rule that had been in force… since 1965!

Champions League (eighth round): summary and goals of Real Madrid 3-1 PSG

“It is fair to say that home court advantage is no longer as important as it used to be. The impact of the rule now defeats its original purpose, as it now in fact deters home teams, especially in games first leg, to attack, because they fear conceding a goal that would give their rivals a crucial advantage. The injustice, especially in extra time, of forcing the home team to score twice when the away team has scored is also criticized.“, said Aleksander Ceferin, president of UEFA.

Champions League (eighth round): Summary and goal of Manchester United 0-1 Atlético

In this edition of the Champions League (also of the Europe and the Conference League) if the teams are tied on goals after 180 minutes of the first leg and the second leg, the pass will be decided first in extra time and then on penalties. A whole revolution.

Champions League (eighth round): Summary and goals of Juventus 0-3 Villarreal

In the eight first legs of last season’s round of 16, 24 goals were scored (3 on average per duel) and this year 19 (2.3). In the return leg in 2020-21, the goals (24) and the percentage per match (3) were repeated and in the second round of the current one they rose (21) and (2.6) compared to the first leg. But what would this season’s matchups have been like if the double value of goals was still in place? What was reviewed … although we give you a clue: there was not even an extension.

PSG-Real Madrid (1-0 first leg and 1-3 return): SAME

Nothing would have changed in the tie between Parisians and Madrid. The 1-0 at the Parc des Princes after Mbappé’s goal was lifted at the Bernabéu by Benzema’s supersonic hat-trick in a quarter of an hour. Kylian’s goal in Madrid did not change… nor would it have changed anything.

Atlético de Madrid-Manchester United (1-1 first leg and 1-0 return): SAME

The cross between the ‘rojiblancos’ and the ‘red devils’ would have ended the same with the double value of the away goals. The draw (1-1) at the Metropolitano after goals from Joao Félix and Elanga unbalanced it at Old Trafford Lodi (0-1). The script would have been the same with last season’s rules.

RB Salzburg-Bayern (1-1 first leg and 1-7 return): SAME

Bayern was a steamroller in the second leg (7-1) with Lewandowski’s hat-trick and left the 1-1 first leg in Austria on a ‘wet paper’. Neither with double value outside nor without it. RB Salzburg was knocked out in Munich.

Sporting CP-Manchester City (0-5 first leg and 0-0 return): SAME

The ‘little hand’ in Lisbon of Pep Guardiola left Manchester City’s pass to the quarterfinals seen for sentence. The difference was such in the score between the two teams that there was no return. Sporting CP didn’t even come close.

Inter-Liverpool (0-2 first leg and 1-0 return): SAME

The ‘reds’ won (0-2) at Giuseppe Meazza and the ‘nerazzurri’ at Anfield (0-1). Klopp’s team took the pass to the quarterfinals by a goal difference. Inter dreamed of equalizing… but it fell by the wayside.

Benfica-Ajax (2-2 first leg and 1-0 return): SAME

The unexpected victory (0-1) of the Portuguese team in Amsterdam with a goal by Darwin Núñez gave Benfica the pass to the quarterfinals. The 2-2 first leg in Lisbon, which in previous editions would have given Ajax a minimal advantage for the second leg, did not ‘play’ in this one. Benfica’s triumph prevented it.

Chelsea-Lille (1st leg 2-0 and 2-1 return): SAME

The ‘blues’ did not give the ‘Dogos’ options either at the Bridge or in the second leg. Lille dreamed of a comeback for 10 minutes… but Chelsea imposed their law. Three goals separated them.

Villarreal-Juventus (Ida 1-1 and return 3-0): SAME

Villarreal’s feat in Turin with three goals in the last quarter of an hour prevented the first extension of this Champions League. A 0-3 that sank Juventus after 1-1 in the first leg in Spain. A ‘triumph’ out.