Ajax vs AS Roma: live stream, start time, how to watch the 2021 UEFA Europa League (Thursday 8 April)
Dutch champions Ajax face Serie A Roma in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.
Ajax are 90 minutes away from an 11th straight home win in the competition.
After Ajax finished third in Group D of the Champions League last fall, behind English champions Liverpool and winner Atalanta, the Dutch have won a record ninth appearance in the knockout stage of the Europa League.
Ajax have beaten Lille twice in the last 32 games, before securing another brace in the next round. An overall victory over Swiss championship leaders Young Boys saw Erik ten Hag’s side reach the quarter-finals of the competition for just the second time in these nine knockout campaigns.
Thursday’s Europa League game is available to watch with the live streaming option Paramount +. CBS has the exclusive rights to Europa League games this year and puts all games exclusively on its paid streaming service, which offers a seven-day trial.
Ajax v AS Roma (UEFA Europa League 2021)
Start time: 3:00 p.m. EST
The English broadcast of the match is not on normal TV channels and can only be broadcast via Paramount + (formerly CBS All-Access) in the United States Although you cannot get normal cable or satellite service, you can still watch on TV by adding Paramount + to a smart TV or streaming devices such as a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick.
What is Paramount +? – Paramount + replaced CBS All-Access as the exclusive streaming platform for content from CBS, Viacom and Paramount. Subscribers get access to shows from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon and more – as well as exclusive streaming content. Champions League matches are part of the programming only available on the platform.
How much does it cost? – Paramount + has two versions: the basic level with ads and the premium level without ads. The basic level costs $ 5.99 per month or $ 59.99 per year. The premium tier costs $ 9.99 per month or $ 99.99 per year.
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Spain, Scotland and the Netherlands are now pledging to have supporters in the European Championship matches they host in June.
These are the latest countries to offer assurances to UEFA that crowds will return, leaving Dublin as one of the 12 cities with the most doubts over whether spectators will be allowed during the pandemic and at risk of exclusion organisation.
Bilbao announces to UEFA that it will guarantee that the 53,000 places of San Mamés can occupy up to a quarter of the seats, announced the Spanish authorities on Wednesday.
A similar number of fans are expected to attend matches in Amsterdam, with the Dutch Football Association saying authorities want to allow at least 12,000 spectators who tested negative for COVID-19 in the Johan Cruyff Arena.
And the Scottish government ruled on Wednesday that up to 12,000 fans could be allowed to play in Glasgow’s four games, with Hampden Park at 25% capacity.
Bilbao, Glasgow and Amsterdam have three group stage games and a round of 16. Dutch authorities warn that if the coronavirus situation deteriorates, the presence of supporters in the Amsterdam stadium will have to be reassessed.
“We are looking forward to welcoming 12,000 spectators to the Johan Cruyff Arena, but we are aware that the coronavirus is unpredictable and there are no guarantees,” said Gijs de Jong, tournament director in Amsterdam. “However, we remain hopeful that in June the situation will have improved to the point where even more spectators can attend.”
The rescheduled European Championship is set to open on June 11 in Rome after Italy said on Tuesday it was ready to let fans return to the stadiums by then.
Fans have been banned from matches in Italy for most of the past year, except for a brief period shortly after the start of the season when up to 1,000 spectators have been allowed to take part in the matches. .
The city of Munich was less engaging in its statement on Tuesday, saying it is “conceivable and desirable that spectators can be in the stadium” for its four matches, including a quarter-final.
There is a risk that cities will be cut off from accommodation if they cannot say whether crowds will be allowed by June. These guarantees have not yet been provided by Ireland, which has four meetings in Dublin.
The Irish Football Association said on Wednesday it was not yet able to provide assurances on the minimum number of supporters required by the organizers of the competition.
“We have made our submission to UEFA today and are now awaiting their response once the submissions from the 12 host cities have been received and reviewed,” said Jonathan Hill, FAI Managing Director.
The city with the most matches is London, which will host seven matches at Wembley, including the semi-finals and the final. The authorities hope that the 90,000-seat capacity could even be full by the end of the tournament.
Russia has already confirmed that the 65,000-seat St. Petersburg stadium will be filled to at least 50% of its capacity for its four matches. Denmark anticipates that up to 12,000 supporters will be allowed to take part in the four matches at the Parken Stadium, with a capacity of 38,000. A similar number could attend matches in Romania as part of the government’s plans for the national stadium in Bucharest, with a capacity of 55,000 seats, to be at least a quarter.
Baku, Azerbaijan and Budapest, Hungary are also expected to be part of the organization of the tournament which has been revamped from 2020.