Man Utd, Real Sociedad Europa Clash Moved to Turin

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Manchester United’s Europa League last-32 first leg game away to Real Sociedad has been moved from San Sebastian to Turin as a result of Spain’s travel restrictions to fight the spread of Covid-19 variants, Uefa said in a statement on Tuesday.

The match will kick off at the Juventus Stadium at the scheduled time on 18 February.

Also yesterday, UEFA announced that Molde will play Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie in Spain due to Covid-19 travel restrictions in Norway that prevent the German side from entering the country.

Molde were due to host Hoffenheim on 18 February at the Aker Stadium but Norway, which has some of the tightest restrictions in Europe, has closed its borders to all but essential visitors in response to an outbreak of a more contagious coronavirus variant.

“UEFA can confirm that the Europa League round of 32 first leg between Molde and Hoffenheim will now take place at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Villarreal,” it said in a statement.

“UEFA would like to thank Molde and Hoffenheim for their close cooperation and support in finding a solution to the issue at hand, as well as the Royal Spanish Football Federation and Villarreal for their assistance and agreeing to host the match in question.”

The first leg of RB Leipzig’s Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool was moved to Budapest after German authorities denied the English side entry into the country.