Brussels loses right to host Euro 2020 matches, Wembley gains four games

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The Republic of Ireland and Spain will face off in the group stages of Euro 2020 should both teams qualify after Dublin and Bilbao were paired up as hosts of Group E for the cross-continental finals.

With delays to the construction of a proposed stadium in the Belgian city of Brussels, UEFA has made the decision to move the group-stage matches that were originally set for Belgium to Wembley Stadium, as well as a Round-of-16 matchup.

UEFA chose to reallocate the three group-stage games and one round-of-16 game originally given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the project to build a new 60,000-capacity Eurostadium on the site of Heysel.

However, Uefa opted for Wembley, which has already been chosen as the venue for the semi-finals and final.

While the full schedule is still to be confirmed by UEFA, the Stadio Olimpico in Rome will stage the opening game.

But the exclusion of Brussels means the 90,000-seater venue will also get group games and a match in the first knockout round.

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"Uefa ranked the Champions League final as one of their best events and praised the way in which the Cardiff 2017 local organising committee delivered the showpiece".

Glenn also thanked the government and mayor of London for their help in securing the games, which will be staged in a post-Brexit Britain.

The 2020 tournament is being played in 12 cities across Europe, instead of one or two host nations, as a one-off to celebrate the tournament's 60th anniversary.

Khan said: "It speaks volumes about our great city that London has been awarded an additional four Euro 2020 matches, reinforcing the capital's reputation as the sporting capital of the world".

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