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Champions League: Who has qualified, what all teams need

Champions League: Who has qualified, what all teams need


The UEFA Champions League group stage is reaching its conclusion, with only two places in the knockout rounds still up for grabs on the final day.

This is the final season of the multigroup format, before it becomes a 36-team competition with all clubs in one league table.

We take a look at who is through and how can still seal their places.

The race for five places in next season’s Champions League
UCL round-of-16 draw: Seedings, date, details

The top two teams in each group qualify for the round of 16, the third-placed clubs drop into the Europa League knockout playoff round, and those who finish bottom are eliminated.

Qualified for round of 16 as group winners: Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Real Sociedad, Real Madrid

Qualified for round of 16 as group runners-up: RB Leipzig, PSV Eindhoven, FC Copenhagen, Napoli, Inter Milan

Qualified for round of 16, position TBC: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Lazio

Eliminated: Union Berlin, FC Salzburg, Benfica, Celtic, Antwerp, Young Boys, Red Star Belgrade, Feyenoord, Sevilla, Lens, Galatasaray, Manchester United, Braga

Tiebreakers:
1) Points
2) Head-to-head points in games involving the tied teams
3) Goal difference in head-to-head matches involving the tied teams
4) Goals scored in head-to-head matches involving the tied teams
— If the above tiebreaker initially involves 3 or 4 teams, it is reapplied to resolve any remaining tiebreaker among fewer clubs
5) Goal difference in all group matches
6) Goals scored in all group matches
7) Away goals scored in all group matches
8) Wins in all group matches
9) Away wins in all group matches
10) Disciplinary points
11) UEFA club coefficient.

This page will be updated throughout the final rounds of the group stage.


Group permutations

Group A

Bayern Munich qualified as group winners last month.

FC Copenhagen won 1-0 at home to Galatasaray to secure second place.

Despite that defeat, Galatasaray finished third and drop into the Europa League.

Manchester United have been eliminated from Europe altogether.

Group B

Arsenal went through and sealed first place in the group with a 6-0 win at home to Lens last month.

Arsenal’s victory also ensured PSV Eindhoven advanced, as the Eredivisie side held the head to head over Lens.

Lens won 2-1 at home to Sevilla on the final day to move into the Europa League.

Sevilla have been eliminated.

Group C

Real Madrid qualified for the round of 16 and have topped the group with six wins out of six.

Napoli won 2-0 at home to Braga to seal second place.

Braga drop into the Europa League despite the loss in Italy.

Union Berlin needed to beat Real Madrid to overtake Braga in third, but suffered a 3-2 defeat.

Group D

Real Sociedad got the point they needed at home to Inter Milan to take top spot ahead of the Serie A side on goal difference. .

Benfica needed to beat FC Salzburg by 2+ goals to make the Europa League, and Arthur Cabral scored two minutes into added time to give the Portuguese side the 3-1 win that lifted them into third — and knocked the Austrian club out of Europe on goals scored.

Group E

Remaining fixtures
Dec. 13: Atletico Madrid vs. Lazio, Celtic vs. Feyenoord

Atletico Madrid and Lazio have qualified and face each other in Spain on Matchday 6. Atletico will top the group with a win or draw, while Lazio need a victory.

Feyenoord will drop into the Europa League knockout playoff round

Celtic have been eliminated from Europe.

Group F

Remaining fixtures
Dec. 13: Newcastle United vs. AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund vs. Paris Saint-Germain

Borussia Dortmund have qualified and will top the group with a win or draw at home to PSG.

Paris Saint-Germain must win in Germany to be sure of going through — which will also see them top the group.

PSG can only go through with a draw if AC Milan win or draw.

PSG can only go through with a loss if Newcastle-AC Milan is a draw.

Newcastle United must win and hope PSG draw or lose. If the two teams are level, Newcastle will finish second on head to head.

AC Milan must win and hope PSG lose. If the two teams are level, PSG will finish second on head to head.

If Newcastle and Milan draw, Newcastle will drop into the Europa League on goal difference.

Group G

Remaining fixtures
Dec. 13: RB Leipzig vs. Young Boys, Red Star Belgrade vs. Manchester City

Manchester City have won the group with a 100% record.

RB Leipzig go through in second place.

Young Boys will drop into the Europa League in the New Year.

Red Star Belgrade are out of Europe.

Group H

Remaining fixtures
Dec. 13: Antwerp vs. Barcelona, FC Porto vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

Barcelona sit on top of the group and are through to the round of 16. They will win the group unless they lose in Antwerp, and Shakhtar beat FC Porto while overtaking Barca on goal difference. As Barca hold a goal difference advantage of seven this is unlikely.

FC Porto and Shakhtar meet in Portugal level on points.

FC Porto won the first meeting of the sides so will be through with a win or draw, though they cannot win the group. Shakhtar Donetsk must win to progress.

Antwerp have been eliminated.



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