Manchester City’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid will still be played at the Etihad Stadium, says The Guardian, despite the 14-day quarantine clause levied on those traveling from Spain to the UK.

The law had been applied by the state from Saturday night on. The ruling says they will have to separate themselves for two weeks following their return from Spain.

The measure followed a rapid increase in Spain’s virus where nearly 1,000 infections have been reported in the last two days.

The City faces Real on 7 August in less than two weeks, as the exception announced by the Secretary of Culture, Oliver Dowden, for sports teams and film crews is expected to allow the match to take place as planned at the Etihad.

With goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne ensuring a positive Bernabéu turnaround victory, Pep Guardiola’s side holds a 2-1 lead from the first half.

In the semi-finals, either Napoli, Barcelona, Chelsea, or Bayern Munich will meet with the winner of the quarter-final, set to take place next month in Lisbon as part of a mini-tournament.


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