We have reached the final game of the group stages of this seasons Champions League with lots still to play for. With the top two in each group progressing to the knockout phase of the competition, and the third placed team qualifying for the Europa League, we look at the games coming up on 7 and 8 December.
Manchester City’s 2-1 win over PSG confirmed them as the Group A winners, meaning they will progress as one of the seeded sides, with PSG qualifying in second. RB Leipzig and Club Brugge will battle it out for third place and are level on points going into the final game. Leipzig will host Manchester City, whilst Club Brugge have to visit PSG.
Liverpool wrapped up Group B thanks to five successive wins, however, the battle for second place couldn’t be closer with just one point separating FC Porto, AC Milan, and Atletico Madrid going into the final game. Second placed Porto host Atletico, whilst Milan welcome Liverpool to the San Siro.
Ajax will progress to the knockout stages after securing top spot in Group C following five wins on the bounce. They will be joined in the round of 16 by Sporting Lisbon after there 3-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund. That result also condemned the German club to the Europa League thanks to a superior head-to-head record.
There will be a fascinating game at the Bernabeu on the final match day as Group D leaders, Real Madrid, welcome second placed, Inter Milan. With just two points separating the clubs, Madrid need to avoid defeat to secure top spot, whilst a win for Inter will see them leapfrog the Spanish club. Sheriff Tiraspol are confirmed in third place to qualify for the Europa League.
Bayern Munich’s five wins from five has seen them win Group E, but the battle to join them in the knockout stages will be interesting. Barcelona hold a two-point advantage over Benfica, but they must travel to Munich to face Bayern in their final game. Meanwhile, Benfica host already eliminated Dynamo Kyiv, so a win would see them pip the Catalan club to second place.
Despite a poor domestic season, Manchester United have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League as the Group F winners. They will be joined by Villareal or Atalanta who meet each other in their final group game. Atalanta are at home so will be favourites to make the last 16 and condemn Villareal to the Europa League.
This is by far the tightest group, with just three points separating all four teams going into the final match. Lille are currently top but must travel to bottom side Wolfsburg who could qualify themselves with victory against the French side. Elsewhere, second place Salzburg host third place Sevilla with both clubs knowing only a win can guarantee their progress in the competition.
Chelsea and Juventus have qualified for the knockout stages but who wins the group will be determined in the final game of this stage. Chelsea must travel to Russia to face Zenit, who are guaranteed a place in the Europa League. Meanwhile, Juventus welcome already eliminated Malmo FF.
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