Cardiff loses out to London for Euro 2020 matches

Cardiff loses out to London for Euro 2020 matches

London will host seven games in the tournament after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley.

Wembley had originally been selected to host the semi-finals and final of the competition in 2014 and will now host an additional three group games and one last-16 fixture.

Both Wales' Principality Stadium and Sweden's Stockholm Friend's Arena had been hoping to replace Brussels, but UEFA opted against the venues for last season's Champions League and Europa League finals.

The European football governing body's executive committee decided "unanimously" to strip Brussels of its four matches due to the inability of Belgian organisers to guarantee the new stadium to the north of the capital where they would have been held could be built in time.

UEFA also announced that Rome's Stadio Olimpico would host the opening match.

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Group A games will be played in Rome and Baku, while Group B games will take place in Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen.

UEFA today confirmed that Dublin's Aviva Stadium will share Group E duties with Bilbao in Euro 2020. The Welsh football association was "extremely disappointed", saying it may have been their only chance ever to host a Euro or World Cup final.

Each host nation that qualifies will be guaranteed two home matches in the group stage.

"This has been a collective and collaborative process and we could not have done it without the support of the Government and the Mayor of London".

Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: "With matches being played across Europe, for the 60th anniversary of the competition, it will be a very special tournament and I know that we will give fans a warm welcome when they visit England's iconic national stadium".

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