2020–21 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round

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The 2020–21 UEFA Champions League qualifying phase and play-off round began on 8 August and ended on 30 September 2020.[1]

A total of 53 teams competed in the qualifying system of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League, which includes the qualifying phase and the play-off round, with 43 teams in Champions Path and 10 teams in League Path. The six winners in the play-off round (four from Champions Path, two from League Path) advanced to the group stage, to join the 26 teams that enter in the group stage.[2]

Times are CEST (UTC+2), as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Teams[change | change source]

Champions Path[change | change source]

The Champions Path includes all league champions which do not qualify directly for the group stage, and consists of the following rounds:

  • Preliminary round (4 teams playing one-legged semi-finals and final): 4 teams which enter in this round.
  • First qualifying round (34 teams): 33 teams which enter in this round, and 1 winner of the preliminary round.
  • Second qualifying round (20 teams): 3 teams which enter in this round, and 17 winners of the first qualifying round.
  • Third qualifying round (10 teams): 10 winners of the second qualifying round.
  • Play-off round (8 teams): 3 teams which enter in this round, and 5 winners of the third qualifying round.

All teams eliminated from the Champions Path enter the Europa League:

Below are the participating teams of the Champions Path (with their 2020 UEFA club coefficients),[4] grouped by their starting rounds.

Key to colours
Winners of play-off round advance to group stage
Losers of play-off round enter Europa League group stage
Losers of third qualifying round, and 2 losers of second qualifying round (Tirana and Ludogorets Razgrad), enter Europa League play-off round
Losers of second qualifying round enter Europa League third qualifying round
Losers of the preliminary round and first qualifying round enter Europa League second qualifying round
Play-off round
Team Coeff.[4]
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 53.500
Greece Olympiacos 43.000
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 27.500
Second qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 33.500
Switzerland Young Boys 25.500
Denmark Midtjylland 14.500
First qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
Scotland Celtic 34.000
Kazakhstan Astana 29.000
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 26.000
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 22.750
Azerbaijan Qarabağ 21.000
Poland Legia Warsaw 17.000
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 16.500
Norway Molde 15.000
Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 12.750
Romania CFR Cluj 12.500
Hungary Ferencváros 9.000
Republic of Ireland Dundalk 8.500
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 7.000
Lithuania Sūduva 6.750
Cyprus Omonia 5.350
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 4.750
Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 4.750
Luxembourg Fola Esch 4.750
Sweden Djurgårdens IF 4.550
Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 4.250
Estonia Flora 4.000
Belarus Dynamo Brest 3.775
Latvia Riga 3.500
Wales Connah's Quay Nomads 3.250
Faroe Islands 2.750
Gibraltar Europa 2.750
Slovenia Celje 2.600
Armenia Ararat-Armenia 2.500
Finland KuPS 2.500
Iceland KR 2.500
Albania Tirana 1.475
Republic of Macedonia Sileks 1.475
Malta Floriana 1.150
Preliminary round
Team Coeff.[4]
Northern Ireland Linfield 4.250
San Marino Tre Fiori 1.500
Kosovo Drita 1.500
Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes 0.566

League Path[change | change source]

The League Path includes all league non-champions which do not qualify directly for the group stage, and consists of the following rounds:

  • Second qualifying round (6 teams): 6 teams which enter in this round.
  • Third qualifying round (6 teams): 3 teams which enter in this round, and 3 winners of the second qualifying round.
  • Play-off round (4 teams): 1 team which enters in this round, and 3 winners of the third qualifying round.

All teams eliminated from the League Path enter the Europa League:

Below are the participating teams of the League Path (with their 2020 UEFA club coefficients),[4] grouped by their starting rounds.

Key to colours
Winners of play-off round advance to group stage
Losers of play-off round and third qualifying round enter Europa League group stage
Losers of second qualifying round enter Europa League third qualifying round
Play-off round
Team Coeff.[4]
Russia Krasnodar 35.500
Third qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
Portugal Benfica 70.000
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 55.000
Belgium Gent 39.500
Second qualifying round
Team Coeff.[4]
Turkey Beşiktaş 54.000
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 34.000
Austria Rapid Wien 22.000
Greece PAOK 21.000
Netherlands AZ 18.500
Croatia Lokomotiva 4.975

Format[change | change source]

In a change to the format as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, each tie prior to the play-off round is played as a single-legged match hosted by one of the teams decided by draw, except for the preliminary round which is played at neutral venue.[5] If scores are level at the end of normal time, extra time is played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if the scores remain tied.

The play-off round ties are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home. The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advances to the next round. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e. the team that scores more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, then extra time is played. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e. if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by a penalty shoot-out.

In each draw, teams are seeded based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients. For any team whose club coefficients are not final at the time of a draw, their club coefficients at that time, taking into account of all 2019–20 UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches played up to that point, are used (Regulations Article 13.03). Teams are divided into seeded and unseeded pots containing the same number of teams, and a seeded team is drawn against an unseeded team. For each tie, a draw is made between the two teams, and the first team drawn is the home team in single-legged matches (or the administrative "home" team in preliminary round matches), or home team of the first leg in play-off round two-legged ties. If the identity of the winners of the previous round is not known at the time of the draws, the seeding is carried out under the assumption that the team with the higher coefficient of an undecided tie advances to this round, which means if the team with the lower coefficient is to advance, it simply takes the seeding of its opponent. Teams from associations with political conflicts as decided by UEFA may not be drawn into the same tie. Prior to the draws, UEFA may form "groups" in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee and based on geographical, logistical and political reasons, and they are purely for convenience of the draw and do not resemble any real groupings in the sense of the competition.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all qualifying matches are played behind closed doors.[6] The following special rules are applicable to the qualifying phase and play-offs:[7]

  • Prior to each draw, UEFA publish the list of known travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All teams must inform UEFA if there are other existing restrictions other than those published. If a team fails to do so which as a consequence the match cannot take place, the team is considered responsible and to have forfeited the match.
  • If travel restrictions imposed by the home team's country prevent the away team from entering, the home team must propose an alternative venue that allows the match to take place without any restrictions. Otherwise they are considered to have forfeited the match.
  • If travel restrictions imposed by the away team's country prevent the away team from leaving or returning, the home team must propose an alternative venue that allows the match to take place without any restrictions. Otherwise UEFA decide on a venue.
  • If after the draw, new restrictions imposed by either the home team's or away team's country prevent the match from taking place, the team of that country are considered to have forfeited the match.
  • If either team refuses to play the match, they are considered to have forfeited the match. If both teams refuse to play or are responsible for a match not taking place, both teams are disqualified.
  • If a team has players and/or officials tested positive for SARS-2 coronavirus preventing them from playing the match before the deadline set by UEFA, they are considered to have forfeited the match.
  • In all cases, the two teams may agree to play the match at the away team's country or at a neutral country, subject to UEFA's approval. UEFA has the final authority to decide on a venue for any match, or to reschedule any match if necessary.
  • If, for any reason, the qualifying phase and play-offs cannot be completed before the deadline set by UEFA, UEFA decide on the principles for determining the teams qualified for the group stage.

Four countries (Poland, Hungary, Greece and Cyprus) have provided neutral venue hubs which allow matches to be played at their stadiums without restrictions.[8]

Schedule[change | change source]

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland).[9] The tournament would originally have started in June 2020, but had been delayed to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.[10] The new schedule was announced by the UEFA Executive Committee on 17 June 2020.[5]

Round Draw date Match dates
Preliminary round 17 July 2020 8 August 2020 (semi-final round) 11 August 2020 (final round)
First qualifying round 9 August 2020 18–19 August 2020
Second qualifying round 10 August 2020 25–26 August 2020
Third qualifying round 31 August 2020 15–16 September 2020
Play-off round 1 September 2020 22–23 September 2020 (first leg) 29–30 September 2020 (second leg)

The original schedule of the competition, as planned before the pandemic, was as follows (all draws held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).

Original schedule
Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Preliminary round 9 June 2020 23 June 2020 (semi-final round) 26 June 2020 (final round)
First qualifying round 16 June 2020 7–8 July 2020 14–15 July 2020
Second qualifying round 17 June 2020 21–22 July 2020 28–29 July 2020
Third qualifying round 20 July 2020 4–5 August 2020 11 August 2020
Play-off round 3 August 2020 18–19 August 2020 25–26 August 2020

Preliminary round[change | change source]

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 17 July 2020, 12:00 CEST.[11]

Seeding[change | change source]

A total of four teams played in the preliminary round. As the draw was held before the UEFA entry deadline and the participating teams were not yet confirmed, only the associations of the teams were used, and seeding of teams was based on their association coefficients instead of their club coefficients. For the semi-final round, two teams (from associations 52 and 53, Northern Ireland and Kosovo) were seeded and two teams (from associations 54 and 55, Andorra and San Marino) were unseeded. The first team drawn in each tie in the semi-final round and the final round would be the administrative "home" team.

Seeded Unseeded

Bracket[change | change source]

 
Semi-final roundFinal round
 
      
 
8 August – Nyon
 
 
Kosovo Drita2
 
11 August – Nyon
 
Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes1
 
Kosovo Drita0
 
8 August – Nyon
 
Northern Ireland Linfield (awd.)3
 
San Marino Tre Fiori0
 
 
Northern Ireland Linfield2
 

Summary[change | change source]

The semi-finals were played on 8 August at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland.[12] The final was due to be played at the same venue on 11 August but the match was cancelled due to Drita players being put into quarantine after two players had tested positive for SARS-2 coronavirus, and Linfield were awarded a technical 3–0 win.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final round
Tre Fiori San Marino 0–2 Northern Ireland Linfield
Drita Kosovo 2–1 Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final round
Drita Kosovo 0–3
(awd.)[note 1]
Northern Ireland Linfield

Semi-final round[change | change source]

Tre Fiori San Marino0–2Northern Ireland Linfield
Report
Attendance: 0

Drita Kosovo2–1Andorra Inter Club d'Escaldes
Report
Attendance: 0

Final round[change | change source]

Drita Kosovo0–3
(awarded)[note 1]
Northern Ireland Linfield
Report

First qualifying round[change | change source]

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 9 August 2020, 12:00 CEST.[17]

Seeding[change | change source]

A total of 34 teams played in the first qualifying round: 33 teams which entered in this round, and 1 winner of the preliminary round. Seeding of teams was based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients.[4] For the winner of the preliminary round, whose identity was not known at the time of draw, the club coefficient of the highest-ranked remaining team was used. The first team drawn in each tie would be the home team.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Group 4 Group 5
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winner of the preliminary round, whose identity was not known at the time of draw. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

Summary[change | change source]

The matches were played on 18 and 19 August 2020. The match between KÍ and Slovan Bratislava was cancelled due to Slovan Bratislava players being put into quarantine after one player had tested positive for SARS-2 coronavirus, and KÍ were awarded a technical 3–0 win.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Ferencváros Hungary 2–0 Sweden Djurgårdens IF
Celtic Scotland 6–0 Iceland KR
Legia Warsaw Poland 1–0 Northern Ireland Linfield
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova 2–0 Luxembourg Fola Esch
Connah's Quay Nomads Wales 0–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Red Star Belgrade Serbia 5–0 Gibraltar Europa
Budućnost Podgorica Montenegro 1–3 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Ararat-Armenia Armenia 0–1 (aet) Cyprus Omonia
Floriana Malta 0–2 Romania CFR Cluj
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 2–0 Latvia Riga
Qarabağ Azerbaijan 4–0 Republic of Macedonia Sileks
Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country) 0–2 Albania Tirana
Dynamo Brest Belarus 6–3 Kazakhstan Astana
Molde Norway 5–0 Finland KuPS
Flora Estonia 1–1 (aet)
(2–4 p)
Lithuania Sūduva
Celje Slovenia 3–0 Republic of Ireland Dundalk
Faroe Islands 3–0
(awd.)[note 2]
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava

Matches[change | change source]

Ferencváros Hungary2–0Sweden Djurgårdens IF
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Fedayi San (Switzerland)

Celtic Scotland6–0Iceland KR
Report

Legia Warsaw Poland1–0Northern Ireland Linfield
Report

Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova2–0Luxembourg Fola Esch
Report

Connah's Quay Nomads Wales0–2Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Report

Red Star Belgrade Serbia5–0Gibraltar Europa
Report

Budućnost Podgorica Montenegro1–3Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Report

Ararat-Armenia Armenia0–1 (a.e.t.)Cyprus Omonia
Report

Floriana Malta0–2Romania CFR Cluj
Report

Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel2–0Latvia Riga
Report

Qarabağ Azerbaijan4–0Republic of Macedonia Sileks
Report

Dinamo Tbilisi Georgia (country)0–2Albania Tirana
Report

Dynamo Brest Belarus6–3Kazakhstan Astana
Report

Molde Norway5–0Finland KuPS
Report
Attendance: 0

Flora Estonia1–1 (a.e.t.)Lithuania Sūduva
Report
Penalties
2–4

Celje Slovenia3–0Republic of Ireland Dundalk
Report

Faroe Islands3–0
(awarded)[note 2]
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
Report

Second qualifying round[change | change source]

The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 10 August 2020, 12:00 CEST.[24]

Seeding[change | change source]

A total of 26 teams played in the second qualifying round. They were divided into two paths:

  • Champions Path (20 teams): 3 teams which entered in this round, and 17 winners of the first qualifying round.
  • League Path (6 teams): 6 teams which entered in this round.

Seeding of teams was based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients.[4] For the winners of the first qualifying round, whose identity was not known at the time of draw, the club coefficient of the highest-ranked remaining team in each tie was used. The first team drawn in each tie would be the home team.

Champions Path
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the first qualifying round, whose identity was not known at the time of draw. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.
League Path
Seeded Unseeded

Summary[change | change source]

The matches were played on 25 and 26 August 2020.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Champions Path
CFR Cluj Romania 2–2 (aet)
(5–6 p)
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Young Boys Switzerland 3–1 Faroe Islands
Celtic Scotland 1–2 Hungary Ferencváros
Sūduva Lithuania 0–3 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Legia Warsaw Poland 0–2 (aet) Cyprus Omonia
Celje Slovenia 1–2 Norway Molde
Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria 0–1 Denmark Midtjylland
Dynamo Brest Belarus 2–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Qarabağ Azerbaijan 2–1 Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
Tirana Albania 0–1 Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Team 1  Score  Team 2
League Path
AZ Netherlands 3–1 (aet) Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
PAOK Greece 3–1 Turkey Beşiktaş
Lokomotiva Croatia 0–1 Austria Rapid Wien

Champions Path[change | change source]


Young Boys Switzerland3–1Faroe Islands
Report

Celtic Scotland1–2Hungary Ferencváros
Report

Sūduva Lithuania0–3Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Report

Legia Warsaw Poland0–2 (a.e.t.)Cyprus Omonia
Report

Celje Slovenia1–2Norway Molde
Report

Ludogorets Razgrad Bulgaria0–1Denmark Midtjylland
Report

Dynamo Brest Belarus2–1Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Report

Qarabağ Azerbaijan2–1Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
Report

Tirana Albania0–1Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Report

League Path[change | change source]

AZ Netherlands3–1 (a.e.t.)Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
Report
Attendance: 0

PAOK Greece3–1Turkey Beşiktaş
Report

Lokomotiva Croatia0–1Austria Rapid Wien
Report

Third qualifying round[change | change source]

The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 31 August 2020, 12:00 CEST.[25]

Seeding[change | change source]

A total of 16 teams played in the third qualifying round. They were divided into two paths:

  • Champions Path (10 teams): 10 winners of the second qualifying round (Champions Path).
  • League Path (6 teams): 3 teams which entered in this round, and 3 winners of the second qualifying round (League Path).

Seeding of teams was based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients.[4] The first team drawn in each tie would be the home team.

Champions Path
Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the second qualifying round (Champions Path).
League Path
Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the second qualifying round (League Path).

Summary[change | change source]

The matches were played on 15 and 16 September 2020.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Champions Path
Ferencváros Hungary 2–1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Qarabağ Azerbaijan 0–0 (aet)
(5–6 p)
Norway Molde
Omonia Cyprus 1–1 (aet)
(4–2 p)
Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Midtjylland Denmark 3–0 Switzerland Young Boys
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 1–0 Belarus Dynamo Brest
Team 1  Score  Team 2
League Path
PAOK Greece 2–1 Portugal Benfica
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 2–0 Netherlands AZ
Gent Belgium 2–1 Austria Rapid Wien

Champions Path[change | change source]

Ferencváros Hungary2–1Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
Report


Omonia Cyprus1–1 (a.e.t.)Serbia Red Star Belgrade
Report
Penalties
4–2
Attendance: 0

Midtjylland Denmark3–0Switzerland Young Boys
Report
Attendance: 0

Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel1–0Belarus Dynamo Brest
Report

League Path[change | change source]

PAOK Greece2–1Portugal Benfica
Report

Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine2–0Netherlands AZ
Report
Attendance: 0

Gent Belgium2–1Austria Rapid Wien
Report
Attendance: 0

Play-off round[change | change source]

The draw for the play-off round was held on 1 September 2020, 12:00 CEST.[27]

Seeding[change | change source]

A total of 12 teams played in the play-off round. They were divided into two paths:

  • Champions Path (8 teams): 3 teams which entered in this round, and 5 winners of the third qualifying round (Champions Path).
  • League Path (4 teams): 1 team which entered in this round, and 3 winners of the third qualifying round (League Path).

Seeding of teams was based on their 2020 UEFA club coefficients.[4] For the winners of the third qualifying round, whose identity was not known at the time of draw, the club coefficient of the highest-ranked remaining team in each tie was used. The first team drawn in each tie would be the home team of the first leg.

Since Russian and Ukrainian teams may not be drawn into the same tie for political reasons, the winners of the match involving Benfica had to play Krasnodar, and the winners of the match involving Dynamo Kyiv had to play the winners of the match involving Gent.

Champions Path
Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the third qualifying round (Champions Path), whose identity was not known at the time of draw. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.
League Path
Seeded Unseeded
Notes
  1. Winners of the third qualifying round (League Path), whose identity was not known at the time of draw. Teams in italics defeated a team with a higher coefficient, thus effectively taking the coefficient of their opponent in the draw.

Summary[change | change source]

The first legs were played on 22 and 23 September, and the second legs were played on 29 and 30 September 2020.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Slavia Prague Czech Republic 1–4 Denmark Midtjylland 0–0 1–4
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel 2–5 Austria Red Bull Salzburg 1–2 1–3
Olympiacos Greece 2–0 Cyprus Omonia 2–0 0–0
Molde Norway 3–3 (a) Hungary Ferencváros 3–3 0–0
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
Krasnodar Russia 4–2 Greece PAOK 2–1 2–1
Gent Belgium 1–5 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1–2 0–3

Champions Path[change | change source]

Slavia Prague Czech Republic0–0Denmark Midtjylland
Report
Midtjylland Denmark4–1Czech Republic Slavia Prague
Report

Midtjylland won 4–1 on aggregate.


Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel1–2Austria Red Bull Salzburg
Report
Red Bull Salzburg Austria3–1Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Report

Red Bull Salzburg won 5–2 on aggregate.


Olympiacos Greece2–0Cyprus Omonia
Report
Omonia Cyprus0–0Greece Olympiacos
Report

Olympiacos won 2–0 on aggregate.


Molde Norway3–3Hungary Ferencváros
Report
Ferencváros Hungary0–0Norway Molde
Report

3–3 on aggregate. Ferencváros won on away goals.

League Path[change | change source]

Krasnodar Russia2–1Greece PAOK
Report
PAOK Greece1–2Russia Krasnodar
Report

Krasnodar won 4–2 on aggregate.


Gent Belgium1–2Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
Report
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine3–0Belgium Gent
Report

Dynamo Kyiv won 5–1 on aggregate.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Drita v Linfield match, originally scheduled to be played on 11 August 2020, could not be played due to two players from Drita testing positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and the whole team being put into quarantine by the Swiss authorities.[13][14] Linfield were subsequently awarded a technical 3–0 victory by UEFA according to the regulations related to COVID-19.[15][16]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The KÍ v Slovan Bratislava match, originally scheduled to be played on 19 August 2020, was postponed to 21 August 2020 due to one staff member from Slovan Bratislava testing positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and the whole team being put into quarantine by the Faroese authorities.[18] On 21 August, the match could not be played due to one player from Slovan Bratislava testing positive for SARS-2 coronavirus and the whole second team being put into quarantine by the Faroese authorities.[19][20] KÍ were subsequently awarded a technical 3–0 victory by UEFA according to the regulations related to COVID-19.[21][22]
  3. Connah's Quay Nomads played their home match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, instead of their regular stadium Deeside Stadium, Connah's Quay, which did not meet UEFA requirements.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Qarabağ played their home matches at Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium, Baku, instead of their regular stadium Azersun Arena, Baku, which did not meet UEFA requirements.
  5. The Celje v Dundalk match was played at Szusza Ferenc Stadion, Budapest (Hungary), instead of Celje's regular stadium Stadion Z'dežele, Celje, due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic between Slovenia and Ireland.[23]
  6. Tirana played their home match at Arena Kombëtare, Tirana, instead of their regular stadium Selman Stërmasi Stadium, Tirana.
  7. The Qarabağ v Molde match was played at AEK Arena – Georgios Karapatakis, Larnaca (Cyprus), instead of Qarabağ's regular stadium Azersun Arena, Baku, due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic between Azerbaijan and Norway.[26]

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