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Permutations ahead of final round for last-16 qualification

Permutations ahead of final round for last-16 qualification

The teams that have qualified so far are: Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Besiktas, Tottenham and Real Madrid. Tottenham and Besiktas complete the set of current qualifiers.

Group C: Atletico Madrid needs a lot to happen to keep alive its streak of four consecutive appearances in the knockout stage.

The draw will take place at 11am GMT on Monday 11 December at Uefa's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Bayern will need to win big - at least by a four-goal margin, having lost the reverse fixture 3-0 - against PSG if it harbours any hope of topping the group.

Group E is wide open with Liverpool top a point ahead of Sevilla.

Man City have qualified as winners of Group F. By Wednesday, it could have five.

Elyounoussi headed Basel into an early lead with his first goal in the UEFA Champions League proper, the forward left all alone in the penalty area to convert a terrific cross from Michael Lang, who had scored a dramatic late victor at home to United on matchday five.

Germany's representation in the last 16 could come down to just one team, Bayern Munich, after disappointing campaigns from the Bundesliga's best Borussia Dortmund in particular.

Only Liverpool, Sevilla, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk are now in qualifying positions and may still end up having to settle for Europa League football depending on how the results of tomorrow night's games pan out. The Red Devils need just a point at home to seal first place in Group A. United are on 12 points in Group A, while CSKA and Basel trail by three points.




Basel will qualify if they get a better result than CSKA, or if both teams draw or lose, due to their superior head-to-head.

Qarabag will finish bottom of Group C.

Napoli appears to have the toughest path to the knockout stage.

Group F has Napoli still in position to potentially make up the three point difference between them and 2nd-place Shakhtar Donetsk.

Juventus, a finalist in two of the last three seasons, can go through with a win at Olympiakos in Group D on Tuesday or if Sporting Lisbon fails to beat Barcelona. PSG will also try to improve what is already a tournament record of 24 goals in this season's group stage.

Amid sluggish ticket sales, Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has been urging fans to show up at the Stadio Olimpico.

The in-form Lang went close to adding gloss to the scoreline, but Basel were content to see the game out, leaving Benfica without a goal in five successive Champions League matches.


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