Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

Eight places in the Champions League's last 16 are still up for grabs heading into the last round of group games. Tottenham and Besiktas complete the set of current qualifiers. Atletico, who have lost two of the last four finals to city rivals Real Madrid, have to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to have any chance, having lost the reverse fixture 2-1. The Bavarian giants are not the force of old and PSG to win the match after conceding first could be worth a play at 9/1.

Ten different players have scored for Chelsea, more than any other team in the Champions League this season. Liverpool need at least a point to be assured of qualifying and winning the group.

Group A: United needs just a point at home to CSKA Moscow to seal first place. By Wednesday, it could have five.

Manchester United top the group with 12 points, three clear of FC Basel and CSKA Moscow, and will finish as group winners with a draw at home to the Russian side.

A day later, Liverpool can secure top spot in Group E by beating Spartak. If Porto finish level on points with Leipzig, the Portuguese side will qualify due to their better head-to-head record. Defensively they were terrible first time round against Mourinho's men and, having scored seven in their last two games, United look good to win this by more than a goal.

It was a crucial goal, despite the fact that PSG went on to lose 3-1 in Germany, as it ensured the French side finished top of their group with a better head-to-head record than Bayern.


Benfica are yet to pick up a single point and will therefore finish bottom of the group no matter what happens on Tuesday.

Napoli appears to have the toughest path to the knockout stage. Antoine Griezmann has also raised his game amid links to Manchester United and Chelsea, so I think it will be a tight affair.

Juve, beaten finalists last season, triumphed 2-0 at Olympiacos to progress second behind Group D winners Barcelona, who won 2-0 at home to Sporting.

Amid sluggish ticket sales, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has been urging fans to show up at the Stadio Olimpico. "On Tuesday we'll need all of your support".

Italian champions Juventus struck early in Greece through Juan Cuadrado and late with Federico Bernardeschi to secure the runners-up place in Group D behind Barca.

KYLIAN MBAPPE HAS been one of the young stars shining brightest in the Champions League over the past two seasons and now boasts another record in the competition.

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