UEFA Champions League Format and Where to Watch
The UEFA Champions League kicked off with some surprising results in the opening of the group stage on Tuesday. Switzerland’s BSC Young Boys knocked off Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United and RB Salzburg showed Sevilla they won’t be pushovers. Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win at Barcelona was the other headline grabber.
The attention shifts to 16 other teams on Wednesday with two marquee heavyweight clashes: Liverpool vs. AC Milan and Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid vs. Porto and Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig should prove equally compelling. And then there’s also Lionel Messi’s Champions League debut with PSG at Club Brugge.
With powers Chelsea (1-0 winner vs. FC Zenit), Juventus (3-0 road victor vs. Malmo) and Bayern Munich all showing off their muscle as title contenders in their opening match, the clubs in action on Wednesday will be keen on leaving an equally strong impression.
UEFA Champions League 2021 Format
As usual, the tournament starts out with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two finishers in each group advance to the Round of 16 that kicks off in February 2022. Two-leg, aggregate-goal knockout rounds are played the rest of the way through to the single game final that will be held on May 28, 2022 in Russia.
- Group Stage: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8
- Round of 16: Feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. 22-23, March 15-16
- Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
- Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
- Final: May 28, 2022 (St. Petersburg, Russia)
No away goals tiebreaker
Here’s that twist: For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goals tiebreaker used in the knockout rounds of UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after it was abolished in June 2021. Series that are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty-kick shootout.
Where to watch the UEFA Champions League in India
Dates: 29 matchdays from Sept. 2021-May 2022
The broadcasting rights for the UCL 2021-22 will be available with the Sony Pictures Network. So you can watch UCL 2021-22 Live Telecast In India on Sony Ten 2 HD and Sony Six. The channel is available for telecasting on all the service providers in India. You can connect with the DTH providers and get the channel started.
You can also enjoy the streaming of the channel on the digital platform at any time and from anywhere. The digital platform that will be streaming the channel live is the Sony Liv App. You subscribe to the Sony Liv app and enjoy the streaming of the fixtures. Jio subscribers can also enjoy the streaming of the matches on Jio TV.