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UEFA Scrap Away Goals Rule

The away goals rule will no longer be part of European club football from next season, UEFA has announced. The rule was used to decide two-legged ties that ended in a draw by favoring the side that scored fewer goals at home. The rule was first introduced in 1965 for two reasons, the first being to remove the need for a tie-breaker. The second reason was to encourage teams to attack when playing against the side with the home advantage. However, UEFA now says it was harming the game and forcing home teams to play more defensively. "The impact of the rule now runs counter to its original purpose as, in fact, it now dissuades home teams - especially in first legs - from attacking," Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President. All ties level on aggregate at the end of their second leg will now go to extra time and then penalties to decide the winner.

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