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UEFA switch Dinamo Zagreb Tottenham Europa League tie legs

The Croatian and English clubs had to come up with a new plan due to the epidemiological situation.

Dinamo Zagreb was drawn to face English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League on Friday in Nyon.

Dinamo was drawn out of the pot first which secured them home ground advantage in the first leg.

The first leg will be played on 11 March and it should have been at Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium, but because of travel restrictions from the UK caused by the epidemiological situation, UEFA has reserved the legs.

The first leg will now be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London at 9 p.m. with the second leg on 18 March 2021 now in Zagreb with kickoff at 6:55 p.m..

It was initially thought the both legs would take place at a neutral stadium, like Tottenham’s round of 32 ties against Wolfsberger which was played in Budapest. 

Dinamo Zagreb reached the round of 16 after beating Russian club Krasnodar 4-2 on aggregate. 

By reaching the round of 16 Dinamo earned an additional million euros, which means that Croatian champions have now earned around 10.5 million euros this season thanks to the points they won and the bonuses. 

The bookies have Dinamo as the 12th favourites to win the Europa League. 

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