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The state of play

Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 12.04CET
Seven UEFA Champions League second group stage berths remain up for grabs and uefa.com looks at the permutations.

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Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 12.04CET

The state of play

Seven UEFA Champions League second group stage berths remain up for grabs and uefa.com looks at the permutations.

With just one Matchday remaining in the first group stage of the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League, nine of the 16 second group stage berths are already filled.

Seven places left
Seven places are still up for grabs and there is also the issue of UEFA Cup qualification. uefa.com guides you through the permutations that could arise when the final games are played on 12 and 13 November.

Group A
Arsenal FC and BV Borussia Dortmund are already through to the second group stage, so the only issues left to resolve are who qualifies for the UEFA Cup and who tops the group. PSV Eindhoven will finish third if they win at Arsenal, or if AJ Auxerre fail to beat Dortmund. Auxerre will qualify for the UEFA Cup if they beat Dortmund and PSV fail to beat Arsenal. Dortmund will win the group if they win their final game. If they draw Arsenal must win to overhaul them. If Dortmund lose and Arsenal draw the English side will top the group.

Group B
Valencia CF have definitely won the group, so the remaining question is which side finishes second and which side goes into the UEFA Cup. Liverpool FC and FC Basel meet in Switzerland on Matchday Six, but before that Basel must travel to FC Spartak Moskva for a rearranged Matchday Five fixture. If they win there, then a draw will be enough for them against Liverpool; otherwise, they will have to beat Liverpool to go through. Spartak need to win their last two games to reach the UEFA Cup. 

Group C
Real Madrid CF have qualified and will be joined by AS Roma as long as the Italians do not lose at home to AEK Athens FC. Should that happen, however, AEK will qualify and send Roma into the UEFA Cup. KRC Genk can still win a place in the UEFA Cup if they beat Madrid and AEK lose.

Group D
No one is definitely through from Group D but Internazionale FC will progress provided they win or draw at AFC Ajax. Inter can go through even if they lose, should Olympique Lyonnais also lose at Rosenborg BK, who are out of the running. Ajax will qualify if they beat Inter, or if Lyon fail to win at Rosenborg. Lyon, meanwhile, will qualify if they win, or if they draw and Inter lose.

Group E
FC Dynamo Kyiv will qualify if they win at home against Juventus FC, who are already through. The Ukrainians can also qualify if they draw and Newcastle United FC fail to beat Feyenoord, or if they lose and the game in Rotterdam ends in a draw. Newcastle will go through if they win and Dynamo fail to win. while Feyenoord can only go through if they win and Dynamo lose. Juventus are virtually certain to win the group bar a thrashing at the hands of Dynamo.

Group F
With Manchester United FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen already through, the only issue is who goes into the UEFA Cup. This will be Maccabi Haifa FC so long as they do not lose 3-0 or by four clear goals at Olympiakos Piraeus FC.

Group G
RC Deportivo La Coruña will qualify if they win their last match against AC Milan who are already through. Deportivo will also qualify if RC Lens fail to win at FC Bayern München, who are already eliminated. Lens will progress if they win in Munich and Deportivo fail to win. If Deportivo draw, and Lens win then the French side are through with a better overall goal difference.

Group H
Club Brugge KV will qualify if they win at FC Lokomotiv Moskva, or if they draw and Galatasaray SK fail to win at FC Barcelona, who have already won the group. Galatasaray will qualify if they win, as long as Brugge fail to win; but Lokomotiv will edge past them both if they beat Brugge and Galatasaray fail to win.

Last updated: 31/10/02 20.18CET

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