Champions League: which teams can qualify for the last 16?

Doug Mendoza
December 6, 2017

The soccer news starts with the final week of the Champions League group stage.

Basel knew victory at a half-empty Estadio da Luz would nearly certainly be enough to qualify from Group A, barring an unlikely heavy win for CSKA Moscow away to Manchester United.

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

The eight teams that finish in third place will go into the Europa League round of 32.

Three English teams are safely into the hat for the last 16 in Monday's draw in Switzerland. If they lose and Napoli win then the Italians will go through thanks to a better head-to-head record.

Atletico didn't win any of its first four matches in Group C. Among its setbacks were back-to-back draws against Qarabag.

Germany's fourth team, Hoffenheim, missed the group stage after losing in the playoffs to Liverpool.

Shakhtar need a point to secure their progress to the round of 16.

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Bayern hosts Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday needing to win by a four-goal margin to progress as Group B victor.

Sevilla will qualify with a point, or if Spartak fail to win at Anfield.

They and Real Madrid are also joint in another metric; this time it is passing accuracy as both clubs are joint second with a pass completion rate of 89.1%.

In the second half, forward Dimitri Oberlin doubled the lead by netting a header from close range to send the Swiss side to the knockout phase for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Chelsea finished second in Group C and as it stands will face Paris Saint-Germain (6), Barcelona (3) or *Besiktas (28).

Leipzig still has a chance to progress on its European debut but needs a favor from Monaco at Porto in Group G. Leipzig, which is level on points with Porto, hosts group victor Besiktas on Wednesday and will only go through if it secures more points than the Portuguese team. United are unbeaten in 20 European home games, but CSKA have won all four matches on their travels this season having come through two rounds of qualifiers.

Due to their superior head-to-head record against Real Madrid, Tottenham will qualify as winners of Group H.

PSG is seeking a sixth straight group win and to rebound from a shock 2-1 loss to promoted Strasbourg in the French league. PSG beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and has a far superior goal difference.

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