The Premier League and Serie A each lost a team yesterday and we are guaranteed that one of the leagues will lose another. With Spurs holding a 1-0 from the away leg at the San Siro they are red hot favourites to move on and allow Milan to focus on the domestic league in Italy.
Any reference to Spurs win by the only goal of the away match more times than not comes with mention of the away goal rule and how in the event of a tie that goal is vital as it will be counted as double.
However, just after the first leg at the San Siro I received a very interesting e mail from a reader of the web site and a viewer of the Fox Soccer Report, resident in Edmonton.“Here is my analysis on the “away-goal rule”: Whenever the visiting team wins the first game of a “two game total goal series” by shutting out the home team, the “away goal rule” will never be required to determine to overall winner.
After hearing the away goal rule being quoted for decades the point made in the e mail has never sunk in with me until I received this excellent analysis of the situation.Thank you.
Which nicely leads to the second legs of both games today. Can Milan pull off something close to a miracle result and can Schalke move to the last eight with a scoreless draw, a win or even a penalty kick decider against Valencia?
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