There’s nonetheless a lot left to be determined within the ultimate group-stage matchday of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, together with a number of situations that might contain tiebreakers coming into play.
Maintain the calculators stowed away. We have completed all of the work on the potential situations during which groups might end tied on factors in every group.
Bear in mind: Group winners will advance to the Champions League knockouts as seeded groups. They are going to be drawn towards considered one of eight group runners-up within the Dec. 13 draw. Third-place finishers clinch a spot within the Europa League knockout playoffs.
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Beneath you may discover the official record of group-stage tiebreakers, adopted by the precise tiebreaker situations for every group (Teams A-H).
Champions League group stage tiebreakers
In keeping with the official 2021-22 Champions League competitors guidelines, these are the tiebreakers used ought to two or extra groups end tied on factors within the group-stage standings:
- factors obtained in group matches performed amongst groups in query
- superior objective distinction from group matches performed amongst groups in query
- objectives scored in group matches performed amongst groups in query
- superior objective distinction in all group matches
- objectives scored in all group matches
- away objectives scored in all group matches
- wins in all group matches
- away wins in all group matches
- disciplinary factors complete based mostly solely on yellow and pink playing cards
- UEFA membership coefficient
One twist to the tiebreaker guidelines: Within the case three or extra groups are deadlocked on factors, tiebreakers Nos. 1-3 are first utilized. If any groups are nonetheless tied after that course of, then those self same three tiebreakers are reapplied solely to these remaining groups which are deadlocked earlier than shifting on to make use of Nos. 4-10, if mandatory.
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Beneath are the tiebreaker situations for every group heading into ultimate group-stage matchday on Dec. 8.
Group A tiebreakers
The one groups that might have completed tied on factors getting into the ultimate day have been RB Leipzig and Membership Brugge. That situation didn’t transpire after RB Leipzig beat Manchester Metropolis 2-1 and Membership Brugge suffered a heavy defeat to PSG.
These outcomes left RB Leipzig with 7 factors and Membership Brugge in final place on 4 factors. Leipzig claimed third place and can head into the Europa League knockout spherical playoffs
|1. Manchester Metropolis (X)||12||6||4||2||0||18||10||+8|
|2. Paris Saint-Germain (X)||11||6||3||1||2||13||8||+5|
|3. RB Leipzig||7||6||2||3||1||15||14||+1|
|4. Membership Brugge||4||6||1||4||1||6||20||-14|
Group B tiebreakers
There have been three groups inside a single level heading into the ultimate matchday and for that cause, there have been 4 completely different situations during which the groups might have completed even on factors. However these by no means got here into play.
Porto went into the ultimate day with a one-point lead on the opposite two, however managed to endure a shock 3-1 dwelling loss to last-place Atletico Madrid and watched the Spanish facet overtake it for second place and the ultimate knockout spherical berth in Group B.
AC Milan additionally blew it on the ultimate day, dropping at dwelling to a Liverpool group that fielded a number of reserves. The Italians, at the moment in first place in Serie A, completed all-time low of the group.
|1. Liverpool (X)||18||6||6||0||0||17||6||+11|
|2. Atletico Madrid (X)||7||6||2||3||1||7||8||-1|
|3. FC Porto||5||6||1||3||2||4||11||-7|
|4. AC Milan||4||6||1||4||1||6||9||-3|
Group C tiebreakers
Borussia Dortmund (9 factors) completed tied on factors with Sporting CP (9 factors), however Sporting went into the ultimate day having already gained the tiebreaker based mostly on the head-to-head objective distinction (second tiebreaker): +1 vs. Dortmund’s -1 of their direct matchups.
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So it was already identified that Sporting CP would end forward of Borussia Dortmund for second place irrespective of the outcomes on the ultimate day.
|1. Ajax (X)||18||6||6||0||0||20||5||+15|
|2. Sporting CP (X)||9||6||3||3||0||14||12||+2|
|3. Borussia Dortmund||9||6||3||3||0||10||11||-1|
|4. Besiktas JK||0||6||0||6||0||3||19||-16|
Group D tiebreakers
No groups might have completed tied on factors within the Group D standings. Here is the ultimate desk:
|1. Actual Madrid (X)||15||6||5||1||0||14||3||+11|
|2. Inter Milan (X)||10||6||3||2||1||8||5||-3|
|3. FC Sheriff Tiraspol||7||6||2||3||1||7||11||-4|
|4. Shakhtar Donetsk||2||6||0||4||2||2||12||-10|
Group E tiebreakers
There’s one situation that Barcelona and Benfica can end even on factors for second place, but it surely would not bode nicely for the Blaugrana.
Barcelona & Benfica
- Situation: Barcelona (8 factors), Benfica (8 factors)
If Barcelona (7 factors) ties its match at Bayern Munich, which might be thought of a incredible consequence underneath regular circumstances, it will not be sufficient to see it qualify for the Spherical of 16.
If Benfica (5 factors) wins its match towards last-place Dynamo Kyiv and finishes even with Barcelona on 8 factors, it could declare second place based mostly on the win and tie earned within the head-to-head matchups (first tiebreaker).
Given the tiebreaker state of affairs, Barcelona will want a win towards one of many match favorites to ensure a spot within the knockouts.
Group F tiebreakers
There are three situations that might see groups tied on factors within the Group F standings:
Manchester United & Villarreal
- Situation: Manchester United (10 factors), Villarreal (10 factors)
The rationale that Manchester United has already clinched first place within the group as a result of it wins the primary tiebreaker towards Villarreal based mostly on its victories in each head-to-head matches (six complete factors).
Atalanta & Younger Boys
- Situation: Atalanta (7 factors), Younger Boys (7 factors)
In case these two groups completed tied, Atalanta has already secured the tiebreaker over the Swiss facet. The Italian facet has a win and draw (4 complete factors) within the two head-to-head matchups (first tiebreaker).
Villarreal & Younger Boys
- Situation: Villarreal (7 factors), Younger Boys (7 factors)
Younger Boys would additionally lose out to Villarreal on the head-to-head tiebreaker because the Spanish membership has two victories within the head-to-head matchups (six complete factors).
Group G tiebreakers
It will possibly get fairly wild in Group G with the potential of a three-way tie:
LOSC Lille & Wolfsburg
- Situation: LOSC Lille (8 factors), Wolfsburg (8 factors)
This situation would resolve the second knockout-round berth in Group E, which might go to the German facet. The one approach this situation materializes is with a Wolfsburg win towards Lille on the ultimate day. That win coupled with the 0-0 attract France between these two groups would give Wolfsburg the tiebreaker on head-to-head factors (4 vs. 1).
LOSC Lille, Wolfsburg & RB Salzburg
- Situation: LOSC Lille (8 factors), Wolfsburg (8 factors), RB Salzburg (8 factors)
This situation can be a three-way tie atop the group, with solely two groups advancing to the knockouts and one group settling for third place and a Europa League playoff berth.
The primary tiebreaker (factors in head-to-head matchups) would see the groups ranked this manner: 1) Wolfsburg (7 factors), 2) RB Salzburg (6 factors), 3) Lille (4 factors). That rating would crown Wolfsburg as Group G winner, RB Salzburg as group runner-up and Lille because the third-place group advancing to the Europa League playoffs.
Sevilla & Wolfsburg
- Situation: Sevilla (6 factors), Wolfsburg (6 factors)
Sevilla would declare this tiebreaker for third place and a Europa League playoff berth based mostly on its win (2-0) and draw (1-1) within the two direct confrontations (4 factors vs. Wolfsburg’s 1 level).
Sevilla & LOSC Lille
- Situation: Sevilla (9 factors), LOSC Lille (9 factors)
Lille would win this tiebreaker for first place within the group based mostly on the win (2-1) and draw (0-0) secured towards Sevilla within the head-to-head group matches (4 factors vs. Sevilla’s 1 level).
Group H tiebreakers
There are potential ties between the highest two groups in addition to the underside two groups:
Chelsea & Juventus
- Situation 1: Chelsea (12 factors), Juventus (12 factors)
- Situation 2: Chelsea (13 factors), Juventus (13 factors)
- Situation 3: Chelsea (15 factors), Juventus (15 factors)
Chelsea has already captured the tiebreaker towards Juventus ought to each groups end even on factors after the sixth and ultimate spherical of group matches are performed.
Though each groups gained a head-to-head match, Chelsea has the higher objective differential within the direct confrontations: +3 for Chelsea vs. -3 for Juventus.
FC Zenit & Malmo FF
- Situation: FC Zenit (4 factors), Malmo FF (4 factors)
If Zenit loses its ultimate match and Malmo wins, the 2 groups would end even on 4 factors. However since Zenit has a win (4-0) and draw (1-1) within the two head-to-head matchups towards Malmo, it wins the tiebreaker on factors in direct conferences.
For that cause, Zenit has already locked up third place and a spot within the Europa League knockout spherical playoffs.