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Discussion in 'Uefa Champions League & Europa League' started by Stuarty, Jul 2, 2018.
Should the away goals rule be scrapped?
Should the away goals rule be scrapped? FourFourTwo investigates
Quote: "Whether it comes into play here or not the away goal rule sucks. No goal should be of greater value than another".
Absolutely most asinine idea in sports
UEFA is going to review the away goals rule as it is seen as not needed anymore by the coaches at the top clubs.
Suppose the game adapts and changes over time.
It's been in place for over 50 years, supposedly to discourage coaches like Mourinho from parking the bus all over Europe.
I'd keep it.
The 78-79 European Cup springs to mind, semi-final First Leg at the City Ground Forrest 3-3 Koln, everybody including me at the time thought that was Forrest finished...wrong, Clough and Forrest won the 2nd Leg 1 nil and Forrest marched on and eventually won the European Cup beating Malmo 1-0.
Away goals were used then but I don't think it bothered Clough.
In 1984 Wrexham beat FC Porto 1-0 at our ground and lost 4-3 away but we went through due to away goals
In 1986 Wrexham drew 0-0 against Real Zaragoza in Spain and we drew 2-2 at home in the old Cup Winners Cup ( went to that game and swear Real's keeper had the game of his life ) so went out
Swings and roundabouts. One went in our favour and the other knocked us out.
If away goals are to be scrapped, wouldn't that result in more penalty shootouts at the end of ET in 2nd legs?
I thought there was a move to reduce the possibility of penalty shootouts because they were deemed unfair?
Change for changes sake isn't always the best option.....
Agree. I'd rather see fewer ties going to extra time and pens.
Also it encourages the Mourinho approach of playing for 0-0 in the first leg away from home. The knockout stages of the CL/EL currently tend to be very attacking and entertaining so why change it?
Tbf the tight first away leg was pretty much what won you 4 European Cups. Experts and brought you loads of success.
I am in agreement though that it is an archaic approach better left in the past.
Surely going out in a penalty shootout is fairer than going out on away goals?
Why should the team who scored more away goals progress? Why not the team who scored more home goals?
If the scores are level then the scores are level. We go to extra time and penalties. Simple.
Until midnight tonight. Yes.
Not a huge lover of it mainly because we've been on the bad end of it a lot of times. I understand the point of it and would rather see less bus parking going on but 2013 done my head in. 3-3 with Bayern after 180 minutes but we have to go out because they beat us 1-3 at the Emirates. It's bollocks. Winning 2-0 away at the Allianz is more impressive
Away teams in Europe generally used to play for clean sheets and would barely get forward. That's changed in the modern era but losing the away goal would be a regressive step to encourage more negative play of the past.
Away goals adds more excitement to games. Like someone memtioned, it encourages attacking and stops people like Mourinho shutting up shop.
They should keep the away goal rule but scrap the away goal counting after 180 minutes of football. It has always been very unfair that a team gets an away goal in extra time and the home team then needs two in such a short space