Champions League group qualifying rules: How do teams make the last 16?




LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 12: General view of the UEFA Champions League logo during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Chelsea FC and Qarabag FK at Stamford Bridge on September 12, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

Tottenham will finish as group winners over holders, Real Madrid (Picture: AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Liverpool drew with Sevilla after blowing a 3-0 lead, however they have all but guaranteed their spot in the next round, although they could yet finish second in their group. Meanwhile, Chelsea will progress into the last 16 should they beat Qarabag tonight. What is the Champions League group qualifying rules? The eight group winners and eight runners-up of the group stage qualify for the round of 16. The clubs that finish this stage in third position in their group move into the round of 32 of the current UEFA Europa League. The clubs that finish this stage in fourth position in their group are eliminated. Group stage rules: Each club plays one home and one away match against each other club in its group. Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw, and none for a defeat. According to UEFA, if two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings (in descending order): a. higher number of points obtained in the group matches; b. superior goal difference; c. higher number of goals scored; d. higher number of away goals scored; e. higher number of wins; f. higher number of away wins; g. lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received in all group matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points); h. higher club coefficient. The next stage The last 16 of the Champions League will see the winners of each of the eight groups seeded, whilst the runners-up will not be. Seeded teams, will have the advantage of playing the second-leg ties at home. MORE: FOOTBALL Antoine Griezmann admits he could join Manchester United in shock admission Cristiano Ronaldo lashes out amid fresh speculation over his future It’s a sign: Man Utd fans welcome Ozil to Old Trafford after link-up with Pogba The first-legs will take place on February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second-leg games due to be played on March 6/7 and 13/14. Teams from the same group or country cannot be drawn against one another. Therefore all of teams from the same national association cannot face each other. The next stage seedings (as present) Pot 1: (club coefficient ranking): Manchester United (14), Paris Saint-Germain (6), Roma (30), Barcelona (3), Liverpool (32), Manchester City (8), Besiktas (28), Tottenham Hotspur (21). Pot 2: Basel (20), Bayern Munich (4), Chelsea (15), Juventus (5), Sevilla (7), Shakhtar Donetsk (16), Porto (12), Real Madrid (1). MORE: Chelsea will have failed this season if they don’t win the Champions League, warns Tiemoue Bakayoko MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks his own Champions League scoring record during APOEL rout




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