Champions League: How groups can qualify for the knockout rounds

The highest two groups qualify for the spherical of 16, with the third-place group dropping into the Europa League and the underside membership eradicated from Europe.

If two groups are degree on factors, head-to-head report is the primary tie-breaker.

Certified for spherical of 16: Barcelona
Eradicated: Lokomotiv Moscow, Monaco, PSV Eindhoven


Borussia Dortmund: Want some extent at dwelling to Membership Brugge to qualify.

Atletico Madrid: Shall be by means of in the event that they safe victory at dwelling to Monaco, or if Brugge don’t win at Dortmund.

Membership Brugge: Should win each their remaining video games, away to BVB and residential to Atleti, to actually have a probability.

Monaco: Have been eradicated and should get at the least 4 factors from their remaining two video games to make the Europa League.


Barcelona: Have certified as solely certainly one of Spurs and Inter Milan are capable of overtake them. Will safe prime spot with a win away to PSV on Matchday 5.

Inter Milan: Want some extent away to Spurs on Nov. 28 to safe their place.

Tottenham: Should win at dwelling to Inter to stay in rivalry, and can then seemingly want at the least some extent away to Barcelona.

PSV Eindhoven: Have been eradicated and wish a minimal of 4 factors to make the Europa League.


Liverpool: Will e book their place with a win at PSG on Nov. 28 if Purple Star fail to win at Napoli. Would even be assured to undergo ought to they win at dwelling to Napoli on Matchday 6 by at the least two objectives.

Napoli: A victory over Purple Star would see them by means of if PSG don’t beat Liverpool. 

Paris Saint-Germain: Will seemingly be eradicated in the event that they lose at dwelling to Liverpool, however a draw or win very a lot retains them within the hunt with Liverpool to play Napoli on Matchday 6.   

Purple Star Belgrade: A draw away to Napoli would hold them in rivalry, and so they might then hope a house win over PSG may ship them by means of on the Italian membership’s expense. 


Porto: Shall be by means of with a draw at dwelling to Schalke, or if Galatasaray do to not win at Lokomotiv Moscow. A Porto victory would safe prime spot.

Schalke: Via with a victory away at Porto, or if Galatasaray fail to win at Lokomotiv.

Galatasaray: Need to win at Lokomotiv and realistically hope Porto beat Schalke to remain in rivalry. 

Lokomotiv Moscow: Have been eradicated however might nonetheless earn a spot within the Europa League, although they would wish to win at dwelling to Gala first.

Teams E to G have two rounds of video games to play, the primary of which comes on Wednesday.


Ajax and Bayern Munich are in command of the group, on seven factors with an identical information and 4 factors forward of Benfica. Ajax will e book their place within the spherical of 16 if they’ll win at Benfica on Wednesday, and that end result would additionally enable Bayern to safe protected passage with a victory at dwelling to rock-bottom AEK Athens. Whereas a draw at dwelling to Ajax would hold Benfica mathematically within the hunt, they should win that recreation to convey themselves actually again into rivalry. AEK must win all three of their remaining video games to have an opportunity of going by means of.


It’s tighter on this group, with Manchester Metropolis some extent forward of Lyon and each Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk an additional three factors again. However Metropolis can e book their place with a win at dwelling to Shakhtar, ought to Lyon choose up a victory at dwelling to Hoffenheim. Lyon can’t qualify on Matchday 4, however Hoffenheim could be eradicated in the event that they lose to Lyon and Metropolis beat Shakhtar. Nonetheless, if Hoffenheim or Shakhtar can choose up an away win subsequent outing, it would make the group very attention-grabbing.


Roma are prime of the group on 9 factors after successful away to CSKA Moscow within the early match on Wednesday. No group can qualify on Matchday 4, although Actual Madrid will go degree with Roma ought to they win at Viktoria Plzen and each would have a five-point cushion to CSKA. Plzen can be eradicated ought to they lose at dwelling to Madrid. 


Valencia went second within the group by beating Younger Boys in Wednesday’s early recreation, pushing Manchester United down into third. Juventus have a 100 % report and can be by means of ought to they win at dwelling to United. Jose Mourinho’s males will transfer again into the highest two if they’ll get some extent in Turin, but it surely’s wanting just like the final-day assembly of Valencia and United in Spain on Dec. 12 can be decisive. Younger Boys solely have a slim probability of creating it by means of.

Dale Johnson has been an editor and journalist at ESPN for 18 years. You may observe him on Twitter @dalejohnsonESPN.

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