Football-Champions League Final Round Permutations

VAR’s controversial decision to rule out Harry Kane’s stoppage time winner against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday prevented Tottenham Hotspur from progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League as the winner of Group D with one match remaining. Instead, Antonio Conte’s team is now entering a final “day of play” with all four teams in the group, including Eintracht Frankfurt and Marseille, still in contention for a last 16 spot.

While Group D is the tightest, there are several other issues to be solved next Tuesday and Wednesday, with 12 teams through to the next round but only three guaranteed first places. If two or more clubs are tied on points at the end of the group stage, a number of criteria will be considered to determine the next round of qualifiers, starting with the head-to-head record between the teams in question.

It then goes to superior goal difference and then goals in those matches. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the group permutations ahead of next week’s final round of play:

Group A Napoli and Liverpool have taken the top two places with the Italians on 15 points and the English club on 12. The group winner will be determined next week in the final match between the two in Liverpool.

Ajax, in three, is almost certain of a Europa League spot for the game against Rangers, who have no point. Group B

In a similar situation, Club Brugge (10) and Porto (9) have booked their tickets for the knockout stage, but the group winner has yet to be decided. Porto will host Atletico Madrid, currently in the Europa League, while the Belgians travel to Bayer Leverkusen, who are one point behind Atletico. A win or even a draw against Leverkusen could be enough for Bruges to take first place.

Group C Everything is settled now that Bayern Munich have comfortably secured first place with a maximum of points from five games. Inter Milan, in second place out of 10, also continues, putting Barcelona in third place to participate in the Europa League. Viktoria Plzen is at the bottom without a point.

Group DA is expected to have an exciting night on the final day of play in this group with all four teams still in contention.

Leaders Tottenham Hotspur, on eight points, visit Olympique Marseille, in last place on six with a win or draw enough to help them through. In between are second-seeded Sporting Lisbon and Eintracht Frankfurt, both on seven points, who play against each other.

Should Tottenham lose and the other pair draw, Marseille would win the group by nine points and would be three teams out of eight. In that scenario, Sporting would come in second with a win and a draw against the Londoners. The Spurs would then be referred to the Europa League. Group E

Chelsea, the 2021 champions, are already in first place for their final group stage match with Dinamo Zagreb, whose best hope is a Europa League place. Second place is a shoot-out between AC Milan and Salzburg, with the Italians only needing a draw in the San Siro. Group F

Defending champions Real Madrid have secured qualification, but the group winner has yet to be decided. They top the standings with 10 points and face the already knocked out bottom club Celtic. RB Leipzig travels to Shakhtar Donetsk at nine, who has six and needs a draw to continue. A Shakhtar win would leave both at nine, with Shakhtar ahead of their head-to-head record.

Group G This group is closed with Manchester City taking the top spot. Borussia Dortmund, three points behind, are also moving forward, but cannot dislodge City due to their head-to-head record. Sevilla, in fifth place, is assured of a spot in the Europa League but cannot beat Dortmund as above. Last seeded Copenhagen has already been eliminated.

Group H Paris St Germain and Benfica, both on 11 points and with an evenly balanced head-to-head after two 1-1 draws, have already qualified, but the group win is still up for grabs.

The French side face Juventus, third by three points and desperate to salvage a Europa League spot from their disappointing campaign. Benfica travels to Maccabi Haifa, also in third place, with the Israeli club hoping for third place for the Italians. PSG’s goal difference is +8 and Benfica’s +4.

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