Champions League

We have two more days of Champions League group stage left this season, and with it come the calculations of who can qualify from what group. Five spots are still up for grabs, with Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Leverkusen, Dortmund, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona, Chelsea, Sporting and Shakhtar Donetsk securing their spot in the next round.

Group A: Atletico Madrid have already qualified, and will finish first with one more point. Juventus are second, three points ahead of Olympiacos, but are losing in the head to head: Juventus won 3-2 in Turin but lost 1-0 in Greece, giving Olympiakos the away goal go-ahead. So how can Olympiacos qualify? If Atletico Madrid win in Italy. Juventus only need a draw to qualify. They can finish first if they win by at least two goals. They’re out if they lose and Olympiakos win against Malmo in Greece.

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Spain Atlético Madrid5401143+1112
Italy Juventus530274+39
Greece Olympiacos5203611−56
Sweden Malmö FF5104211−93

Group B: Real Madrid are through, finishing first. That leaves one spot for Basel (leading with six points), Liverpool (4 points) and Ludogorets (also 4 points) to fight over. Real Madrid host the Bulgarian champions. Anything but a win for the European champions will be a huge shock. Elsewhere, in Anfield, will be the more interesting encounter. It’s quite simple: Liverpool have to win in order to qualify from second place, Basel can afford a draw, but not a loss.

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Spain Real Madrid5500122+1015
Switzerland Basel520367−16
England Liverpool511348−44
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad5113510−54

Group C: Two teams still fighting for the top two spots. Leverkusen playing in Benfica, who have nothing to play for; Monaco hosting Zenit. Leverkusen will qualify, but only a win will clinch them the top spot. Monaco can qualify with a draw at Zenit, while a win for the Russians takes them through.

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Germany Bayer Leverkusen530274+39
France Monaco522121+18
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg52124407
Portugal Benfica511326−44

Group D: Dortmund and Arsenal have both qualified already. The only way Dortmund don’t finish first is if they lose at home to Anderlecht and Arsenal win in Turkey against Galatasaray, who can’t even make it to third, earning just one point in five matches.

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Germany Borussia Dortmund5401133+1012
England Arsenal5311117+410
Belgium Anderlecht512279−25
Turkey Galatasaray5014315−121

Group E: Very interesting. Bayern Munich are through from first, no matter what. Roma, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City are all with five points. Bayern play their meaningless match at home against CSKA Moscow. Roma host Manchester City. CSKA Moscow will only qualify if they win and Roma doesn’t. Manchester City can only qualify if they win and CSKA Moscow don’t win in Munich. Roma will qualify if they win, or if they draw and CSKA Moscow don’t win in Munich.

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Germany Bayern Munich5401134+912
Italy Roma5122812−45
Russia CSKA Moscow5122610−45
England Manchester City512278−15

Group F: Head to head for the top spot: Barcelona hosting PSG. Anything but a Barcelona win puts PSG through first place into the round of 16.

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France Paris Saint-Germain541094+513
Spain Barcelona5401124+812
Netherlands Ajax5023410−62
Cyprus APOEL501418−71

Group G: Chelsea are through from first. That leaves the second spot to be fought over between Sporting and Schalke. Sporting are playing at Stamford Bridge, Schalke in Slovenia. Shalke will qualify if they win and Sporting lose. Any other combination takes the Portuguese club into the next round.

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England Chelsea5320142+1211
Portugal Sporting CP5212119+27
Germany Schalke 045122814−65
Slovenia Maribor5032412−83

Group H: Nothing to see here. Porto finish first, Shakthar are second.

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Portugal Porto5410153+1213
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk5221143+118
Spain Athletic Bilbao511336−34
Belarus BATE Borisov5104222−203