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Play-offs , 1st leg : 21-22 August 2012

21 August 2012
Spartak Moskva2-1Fenerbahçe
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Stadion Luzhniki, Moscow (RUS)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Mönchengladbach1-3Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach (GER)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO) – Stadium: Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Basel1-2CFR Cluj
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) – Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: Olympia, Helsingborg (SWE)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
22 August 2012
BATE2-0H. Kiryat Shmona
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Dinamo Stadion, Minsk (BLR)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Dinamo Zagreb2-1Maribor
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) – Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR)
11/30/2012 14:27:45
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA) – Stadium: La Rosaleda, Malaga (ESP)
11/30/2012 14:27:45

Play-offs , 2nd leg : 28-29 August 2012

Last updated: 30/07/2015 14:17 CET


Road to the final

The UEFA Champions League comprises three qualifying rounds, a play-off round, a group stage and four knockout rounds.

In matches in the three qualifying rounds and the play-off stage, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis. The club which scores the greater aggregate of goals qualifies for the next round, with away goals and then penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw.

Group stage
The ten winners in the play-off round ties – five from the best-placed path and five from the champions path – join 22 automatic entrants in the 32-team group stage. The clubs are split into eight groups of four teams, who play home and away against each of their pool opponents between September and December to decide which two teams from each section advance to the first knockout round. The third-place finishers in each group enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Knockout phase
From the last 16 until the semi-finals, clubs play two matches against each other on a home-and-away basis with the same rules as the qualifying and play-off rounds applied. In the last 16, group winners play runners-up other than teams from their own pool or nation, while from the quarter-finals on the draw is free.

The final is decided by a single match, which this season will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 25 May 2013.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.

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