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UEFA Champions League: Path to the knockout stage

With only the final round of matches to come, we look at the status of each group – likely group winners and runners-up.  Also included are the possible high profile match-ups for the first knock-out round.

Group A

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

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Pts

1

FC Porto

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2

Paris Saint-Germain

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3

Dynamo Kiev

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4

Dinamo Zagreb

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Final Round Matches:

Zagreb Vs Kiev

PSG Vs Porto

Permutations:

PSG needs to win the final match to top the group, while Porto needs just a point.

Likely:

Group Winner – Paris Saint-Germain

Group Runner-up – FC Porto


Group B

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Schalke 04

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2

Arsenal

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3

Olympiacos

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4

Montpellier HSC

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Final Round Matches:

Montpellier Vs Schalke

Olympiacos Vs Arsenal

Permutations:

Arsenal needs a win and a bit of luck to top the group.

Likely:

Group Winner – Schalke

Group Runner-up – Arsenal


Group C

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Málaga CF

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2

AC Milan

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3

Zenit St. Petersburg

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4

Anderlecht

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Final Round Matches:

Milan Vs Zenit

Malaga Vs Anderlecht

Decided:

Group Winner – Malaga

Group Runner-up – Milan


Group D

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Borussia Dortmund

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2

Real Madrid

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3

Ajax

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4

Manchester City

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Final Round Matches:

Dortmund Vs City

Real Madrid Vs Ajax

Decided:

Group Winner – Dortmund

Group Runner-up – Real Madrid


Group E

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Shakhtar Donetsk

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2

Juventus

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3

Chelsea

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4

FC Nordsjælland

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Final Round Matches:

Shakhtar Donetsk Vs Juventus

Chelsea Vs FC Nordsjaelland

Permutations:

Shakhtar – A Draw is enough to win the group.

Juventus – A Draw is enough to qualify. A win will help them top the group.

They will qualify even with a loss, provided Chelsea drop points.

Chelsea – Need to win the final match and hope Juventus lose their match.

Likely:

Group Winner – Shakhtar Donetsk

Group Runner-up – Juventus


Group F

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Bayern Munich

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2

Valencia CF

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3

BATE Borisov

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4

Lille OSC

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Final Round Matches:

Bayern Vs Borisov

Lille Vs Valencia

Permutations:

Valencia can claim the top spot only with a better result than that of Bayern in the final game.

Likely:

Group Winner – Bayern

Group Runner-up – Valencia


Group G

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

FC Barcelona

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2

Benfica

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3

Celtic

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4

Spartak Moscow

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Final Round Matches:

Barcelona Vs Benfica

Celtic Vs Spartak Moscow

Permutations:

Only a better result than that of Benfica will allow Celtic to progress.

Likely:

Group Winner – Barcelona

Group Runner-up – Celtic


Group H

Pos.

Team

Pl

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Manchester United

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2

Galatasaray

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3

CFR 1907 Cluj

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4

Sporting Braga

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Final Round Matches:

Manchester United Vs Cluj

Braga Vs Galatasaray

Permutations:

Cluj has to score more points than Galatasaray in the final match to progress.

Likely:

Group Winner – Manchester United

Group Runner-up – Galatasaray


Possible High-Profile match-ups for Round of 16:

Real Madrid Vs Bayern/ Manchester Utd/ PSG

Milan Vs Barcelona/ Manchester Utd/ PSG/ Bayern/ Dortmund

Arsenal Vs Barcelona/ PSG/ Bayern/ Dortmund

Juventus Vs Barcelona/ Manchester Utd/ PSG/ Bayern/ Dortmund

PSG Vs Barcelona/ Manchester Utd/ Bayern/ Dortmund


Final set of group matches will be played on 4th & 5th of December while the draw for round of 16 will take place on the 20th.

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