All times CET

Play-offs : 20-21 August 2013

20 August 2013
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) – Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
10/06/2013 13:00:21
Lyon0-2Real Sociedad
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) – Stadium: Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)
08/21/2013 23:24:31
Paços Ferreira1-4Zenit
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
10/06/2013 13:01:51
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
10/06/2013 13:00:36
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: Štruncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen (CZE)
10/06/2013 13:05:06
21 August 2013
Dinamo Zagreb0-2Austria Wien
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
10/23/2013 14:12:32
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
10/06/2013 13:04:36
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
10/06/2013 13:03:51
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) – Stadium: Stadion Gelsenkirchen, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
08/23/2013 08:36:31
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
10/06/2013 13:03:21

Play-offs : 27-28 August 2013

Last updated: 29/07/2015 20:06 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 Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on Saturday 24 May 2014.

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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