Football ISL:  Semi-finals fixtures announced; away goals rule to apply

Football ISL: Semi-finals fixtures announced; away goals rule to apply

NetIndian News Network

Mumbai, February 26, 2020

Football Sports Development Limited today confirmed the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2019-20 semi-final line-ups and fixture list to be played over two legs. Defending champions Bengaluru face ATK and 2019-20 season’s League winners Goa play Chennaiyin for a spot in the Hero ISL final, scheduled on Saturday, March 14.

The first legs of the semi-finals will be played in Chennai and Bengaluru on February 29 and March 1, respectively. The second legs are scheduled to be played on March 7 in Goa and March 8 in Kolkata ahead of the summit clash in Goa, the weekend thereafter. All games kick-off at 7:30 pm IST.

Teams with the highest goal aggregate in their respective two-legged ties 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 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 play-offs. 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 play-off. In addition, if a player or team official receives a caution in both legs of their play-offs, he will be suspended for the final.

Play-off Fixtures :

Saturday, February 29: Semi-Final 1 - Chennaiyin FC vs FC Goa (Chennai)

Sunday, March 1: Semi-Final 2 - Bengaluru FC vs ATK (Bengaluru)

Saturday, March 7: Semi-Final 3 - FC Goa vs Chennaiyin FC (Goa)

Sunday, March 8: Semi-Final 4 - ATK vs Bengaluru FC (Kolkata)

Sunday, March 14: Final (in Goa)