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Champions League: who qualified and who needs what to reach the last 16?

Manchester United appear to be doing most of the work of the three English clubs that have yet to qualify

Liverpool and Ajax each qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League on Wednesday with two group matches outstanding.

They join Juventus and Bayern Munich in the round of 16 of the competition, while players like Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain are also well placed to qualify.

However, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are among a number of clubs that still have a lot to do.

Here is the state of play in the last two rounds of group matches.

Who reached the knockout phase?

Qualifications: Liverpool, Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus

Who’s out: Besiktas, RB Leipzig, Malmö

Who else has something to play?

Group A: Manchester City, Paris St-Germain, Club Bruges

Group B: Porto, Atlético Madrid, AC Milan

Group C: Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon

Group D: Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Sheriff Tiraspol, Shakhtar Donetsk

Group E: Barcelona, ​​Benfica, Dynamo Kiev

Group F: Manchester United, Villarreal, Atalanta, Young Boys

Group G: RB Salzburg, Lille, Wolfsburg, Seville

Group H: Chelsea, Zenit St. Petersburg

What do pages have to do to qualify?

Manchester City or Paris St-Germain in first place?

Group A

Wednesday 24 November – Club Bruges – RB Leipzig and Manchester City – Paris St-Germain (both 20:00 GMT)

Manchester City will qualify with one game to go if they beat Paris St-Germain in their next Champions League game. In the event of a tie, both teams would progress even if Club Bruges did not win against RB Leipzig.

Fall behind the reds

Group B

Wednesday 24 November – Atletico Madrid – AC Milan and Liverpool – Porto (both 20:00 GMT)

Porto could advance with Liverpool if they beat Jürgen Klopp’s side on Merseyside and AC Milan also beat Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

If Liverpool and AC Milan both win in the penultimate round, Porto would have to win at home against Atletico in their final group game to qualify.

Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in battle

Group C

Wednesday 24 November – Besiktas – Ajax (17:45 GMT) and Sporting Lisbon – Borussia Dortmund (20:00 GMT)

With Ajax already through, the final qualifying place could be based on the result of Borussia Dortmund’s trip to Sporting Lisbon.

A win for Dortmund would move them forward regardless of the results in the last round of the games due to their better head-to-head record against the Portuguese club.

The same would apply if Sporting won the lead on their defeat in the second leg in Germany with more than one goal.

In the event of a tie, Dortmund would appear to be in a better position for the last group game in which Besiktas are at home, and Sporting travel to Amsterdam.

Really in pole position

Group D

Wednesday 24 November – Inter Milan v Shakhtar Donetsk (17:45 GMT), Sheriff Tiraspol v Real Madrid (20:00 GMT)

If Inter Milan and Real Madrid win, both European giants would face each other at the Bernabeu on Jan.

However, should the Moldovan champions manage a remarkable double over Real, they would overtake Carlo Ancelotti’s side based on their record against the Spanish club.

Barca move to Bayern?

Group E

Tuesday, November 23rd – Dynamo Kiev v Bayern Munich (17:45 GMT) and Barcelona v Benfica (20:00 GMT)

A Barcelona win over Benfica would help them next to Bayern Munich. The Catalan team will try to do the job at Nou Camp before heading to Germany for their final game.

A Benfica win would put them in pole position to qualify, with a home game against Dynamo Kiev to follow.

Man Utd fighting for qualification

Group F.

Tuesday 23 November – Villarreal v Manchester United (17:45 GMT) and Young Boys v Atalanta (20:00 GMT)

Manchester United travel to Villarreal knowing they will advance to the knockout stage with a win after beating the Spanish side at Old Trafford.

Should Unai Emery’s side win this game, the English club could have to beat Young Boys in the final Group F game in order to qualify based on Atalanta results.

A four-way battle

Group G

Tuesday, November 23rd – Lille – RB Salzburg and Sevilla – Wolfsburg (both 20:00 GMT)

The Austrian club RB Salzburg move into the knockout round with a win against Lille. However, this group remains wide open as all four teams can qualify.

Chelsea close to qualifying

Group H.

Tuesday 23 November – Chelsea – Juventus and Malmo – Zenit St. Petersburg (both 20:00 GMT)

Reigning champions Chelsea will confirm their qualification for the round of 16 with a tie regardless of the outcome of Zenit St. Petersburg’s trip to Sweden.

Should Thomas Tuchel’s team lose to the Italians, they would have to avoid a defeat in the last group game in Russia in order to advance.

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