Champions League: qualifiers for the knockout rounds

We’re into the closing matches of the Champions League group stage, and the final teams are booking their places in the round of 16.

Here we take a look at the state of play across all four remaining groups.

The group winners and runners-up will go into the Champions League round of 16; third place drops into the Europa League knockout round to face group runners-up from that competition; and fourth is knocked out completely.

QUALIFIED AS GROUP WINNERS: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, FC Porto, Manchester City, Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur

QUALIFIED AS GROUP RUNNERS-UP: Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge, Eintracht Frankfurt, Liverpool

QUALIFIED, POSITION TBC: Benfica, Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid
DROPS INTO UEL: Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Sporting CP

ELIMINATED, COULD MAKE UEL: Barcelona, Dinamo Zagreb, Juventus, Maccabi Haifa
ELIMINATED FROM EUROPE: Atletico Madrid, Celtic, Marseille. Rangers, Viktoria Plzen

TIEBREAKERS:

  • points in head-to-head matches among the tied teams
  • goal difference in head-to-head matches among the tied teams
  • goals scored in head-to-head matches among the tied teams

overall goal difference

  • overall goals scored
  • overall away goals scored
  • overall wins
  • overall away wins
  • disciplinary points
  • UEFA club coefficient

GROUP E
Next fixtures, Nov. 2: AC Milan vs. FC Salzburg, Chelsea vs. Dinamo Zagreb

Chelsea: Have qualified as group winners.

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AC Milan: Will go through in second with a win/draw at home to FC Salzburg.

FC Salzburg: Must beat AC Milan to go through in the Champions League.

Dinamo Zagreb: Have been eliminated from the Champions League and can only make it into the Europa League if they win at Chelsea and FC Salzburg lose.

GROUP F
Next fixtures, Nov. 2: Real Madrid vs. Celtic, Shakhtar Donetsk vs. RB Leipzig

Real Madrid: Have qualified for the round of 16 and will win the group with a victory at home to Celtic. A draw/loss will also be enough for top spot if RB Leipzig fail to beat Shakhtar Donetsk.

RB Leipzig: Must avoid defeat away to Shakhtar to qualify, and can top the group with a win if Real Madrid draw/lose.

Shakhtar Donetsk: Victory at home to RB Leipzig will send them through in second on head-to-head record.

Celtic: Have been eliminated from Europe.

GROUP G
Next fixtures, Nov. 2: FC Copenhagen vs. Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City vas Sevilla

Manchester City: Have qualified as group winners.

Borussia Dortmund: Have qualified as group runners-up.

Sevilla: Have qualified for the Europa League.

FC Copenhagen: Have been eliminated from Europe.

GROUP H
Next fixtures, Nov. 2: Juventus vs. Paris Saint-Germain, Maccabi Haifa vs. Benfica

Paris Saint-Germain: Have qualified and are top of the group only on goal difference, so even a win in Turin might not be enough to finished first — but it will leave Benfica needing a big score. The head to head between the two teams at the top is level, with both games finishing 1-1.

Benfica: Have qualified but trail PSG by a goal difference of 4, and have also scored 4 fewer goals. It means they realistically must better PSG’s result on Matchday 6 to finish top — if both teams win then Benfica must do so by at least 4 more goals than PSG win theirs.

Juventus: Have been eliminated from the Champions League. The head to head is level with Maccabi Haifa but Juve have a much better goal difference. It essentially means Juve will be in the Europa League if they match or better Maccabi Haifa’s result.

Maccabi Haifa: As their goal difference is 6 worse than Juve’s they will have to better the Italian side’s result on Matchday 6 to make the Europa League.

Source: ESPN

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