Away goals rule to apply in the Hero ISL 2019-20 semi-finals

The Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 semi-finals are set to begin on Saturday, where Chennaiyin FC will be playing host to FC Goa in the first leg of the first semi-final. A day later, the other two semi-finalists, Bengaluru FC and ATK FC will go head-to-head at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru in the second semi-final. The return leg of both matches will be played on March 7 and 8, respectively.

Teams with the highest goal aggregate in their respective two-legged ties will progress to the final. In case scores are tied after two legs, the ‘away goal’ rule will apply i.e. the team which has scored more away goals over will qualify for the final. If the away goal rule cannot determine a winner, the game will go to the extra time in the second leg. The away goal rule will not apply in extra time and the team that scores the higher number of goals in extra time will win the semi-final. If both teams score none or equal number of goals in extra time, the winner will be decided through the penalty shootout.

Additionally, yellow cards and cautions accumulated from the league stage will not be carried forward to the playoffs. However, a suspension resulting from a caution in their last league game will be applicable in the first leg semi-final. As a result, Chennaiyin’s Tondonba Singh remains suspended for their home leg playoff. In addition, if a player or team official receives a caution in both legs of their playoffs, he will be suspended for the final.

The two teams making it through to the final will face off at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on March 14, Saturday, for the title of the Hero ISL 2019-20 champions and the coveted trophy.

Semi-final fixtures:

Semi-Final 1 – 1st Leg

Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa

Date: February 29, 2020

Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai

Semi-Final 1 – 2nd Leg

FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC

Date: March 7, 2020

Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa

Semi-Final 2 – 1st Leg

Bengaluru FC vs ATK FC

Date: March 1, 2020

Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru

Semi-Final 2 – 2nd Leg

ATK FC vs Bengaluru FC

Date: March 8, 2020

Venue: Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Kolkata

Check out the full fixtures list here.

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