Progress of the Champions League: who qualified from the group stage and when are the knockout stages drawn? | Football news
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all in the round of 16 of the Champions League – but who will they meet in the round of 16?
Jurgen Klopp’s side at Liverpool sealed the top spot in Group B with two games to go thanks to a 2-0 win over an Atletico Madrid side who were reduced to 10 men in the first half in the fourth round of group matches.
The Reds were then joined in the knockout stage by Man Utd and Chelsea after their respective victories over Villarreal and Juventus on Matchday 5.
Manchester City will join these three English teams in the round of 16 with a win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad on Wednesday night.
So who is already qualified and when will we know who faces whom in the Champions League knockout first round this year?
Who qualified for the last 16?
Bayern Munich *
* Confirmed as group winners
When is the draw for the last 16?
The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League takes place in Nyon, Switzerland on December 13.
How does the draw work?
The eight group winners will be seeded and drawn against the eight group runners-up.
No team may play against a club in its group or a team from its own country.
The group winners will play the first leg of their round of 16 away.
When are the last 16 games?
The round of 16 will be spread over different weeks, with the first legs taking place on February 15-16 and February 22-23.
The return matches will then take place on March 8-9 and March 15-16.
What are the other key dates?
Last 16 first leg: February 15/16/22/23
The last 16 seconds steps: March 8/9/15/16
Quarter-finals and semi-finals draw: March 18
Quarter-finals first leg: April 5/6
Quarter-finals second leg: April 12/13
Semi-final first leg: April 26/27
Semi-final return: 3/4 May
Final: May 28 – Gazprom Arena, Saint Petersburg
State of play of the Champions League
Group A – City qualify if they beat PSG
There are still three teams with a chance of reaching the last 16 – leaders Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge.
City will qualify with a game to play if they beat PSG on Wednesday. A draw would also allow both sides to progress if Club Brugge did not win against RB Leipzig.
Group B – Who will join Liverpool?
Liverpool qualified as a group winner with two games remaining. Porto could advance with Jurgen Klopp’s side if they beat Liverpool at Anfield and AC Milan also win against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano.
If both Liverpool and AC Milan win this week, Porto will need to win at home against Atletico in their last group game to qualify.
Ajax have already qualified as group winners, but the second qualifying place could be based on the result of Borussia Dortmund’s trip to Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday.
Dortmund would qualify with a victory before the last round thanks to their better record against the Portuguese club.
The same would also apply if Sporting won by more than one goal, the margin of their defeat in the second leg in Germany. Dortmund are at home against Besiktas on the final matchday, with Sporting heading to Amsterdam.
Inter Milan and Real Madrid can both qualify on Matchday 5 with respective wins over Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff Tiraspol.
The European giants face off at the Bernabeu on December 7, which would then decide which club will finish top of Group D.
But if Moldovan champions Tiraspol achieved a brace against Real, they would pass over Carlo Ancelotti’s side due to their record against the Spanish club.
Bayern Munich have already booked their place in the round of 16 as group winners, and they will be joined by Barcelona or Benfica after drawing 0-0 on Matchday 5.
The Catalans have the advantage, two points ahead of the Portuguese heading into the final round of matches, with Barca facing a trip to Germany to face Bayern in their final game, while Benfica face a home clash with Dynamo Kiev.
Group F: United advance as group winner
Man Utd’s 2-0 win at Villarreal on Matchday 5, coupled with a 3-3 draw between Atalanta and Young Boys, means the Red Devils won the group with one game to go.
As a result, all that’s left is to play in the race to finish second, with Atalanta and Villarreal set for a showdown in their final group game in Bergamo with the Spanish team by one point ahead. .
This group is still wide open, with all four teams able to qualify before Matchday 6 when Salzburg host Sevilla and Wolfsburg will be at home against Lille.
Group H – Chelsea across
Chelsea and Juventus have booked their places for the round of 16 following the Champions League holders’ complete 4-0 victory over Serie A – their heaviest loss in the competition – at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 5.
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