Permutations ahead of final round for last-16 qualification

UEFA Champions League: Permutations ahead of final round for last-16 qualification

The English have never had five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Group A: United needs just a point at home to CSKA Moscow to seal first place.

The draw for the first knockout stage of the Champions League.

Striker Dimitri Oberlin scored twice in the first meeting against Benfica and is the club's leading scorer in Champions League despite being only 20-years-old.

Uefa blazers gather in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, December 11 to decide the matches for the last 16 of the competition. Filling out the rest of the bracket and who takes four of the eight group victor spots is still in play.

A plucky 2-0 win against Roma two weeks ago kept Diego Simeone's Atletico in contention going into the last round of matches, but victory for Roma over Azeri debutants Qarabag at the Stadio Olimpico would see the three-time finalists eliminated. The foregone conclusion groups like PSG and Bayern in Group B haven't played out as regularly in 2017-18.

Antonio Conte's Blues still have plenty to play for too, as they need a win to guarantee top spot ahead of Roma.

That means Tottenham, for example, can not be drawn against Real Madrid as they were both in Group H, while they also can not meet any of the English teams to have won their group, like Manchester United. Liverpool need at least a point to be assured of qualifying and winning the group.

None of the three Italian clubs in the competition have advanced yet, setting up a nail-biting finish to the group phase that is drawing comparisons with Italy's World Cup playoff loss to Sweden. If Sporting fail to win, Juve go through regardless. Sevilla can secure first place with a victory and Liverpool do not win.

As group winners, United can draw only the runners up of the other seven groups, while Chelsea can only face group winners and as you can see from the two tables below, both teams could be drawn against some of Europe's biggest heavyweights.

Leipzig, who are level on points with Porto, host group victor Besiktas Wednesday and will only go through if they secure more points than the Portuguese team.

Porto will qualify if they beat Monaco.

PSG is seeking a sixth straight group win and to rebound from a shock 2-1 loss to promoted Strasbourg in the French league. If both teams draw, Dortmund will finish third due to their superior goal difference.



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