Report: Juventus vs. Real Madrid semifinal may include cooling breaks
UEFA will reportedly consider adding cooling breaks in the Champions League semifinal second leg clash between Real Madrid and Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeau stadium in Madrid on Wednesday.
According to a report in Spanish paper AS, Juventus made the formal request to UEFA for the federation to consider adding the timeouts, which the federation has accepted due to the intense heat in Madrid. If enacted, the match will be briefly stopped once in each half (in the 30th and 75th minutes) so that players may drink water and cool off.
In UEFA's rules on the matter, the only condition that must be met in order to enact the cooling breaks is for the temperature to be at least 32 degrees Celsius (about 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit) 90 minutes prior to kickoff. The current temperature in Madrid is about 92 degrees Fahrenheit according to the Weather Channel, and the forecast doesn't call for much of a temperature drop before the game's kickoff at 8:45 p.m. local time.
This would be the first time cooling breaks have been used in the Champions League if the rule is enacted. The breaks were previously utilized at the 2014 World Cup in a group stage match between the Netherlands and Mexico.
Juventus currently holds the advantage in the semifinal tie, having won the first leg 2-1 in Turin.