Champions League permutations: Who needs what?

Barcelona are through but who could join them on matchday five? We explain.

Holders Real Madrid will seal their progress as group winners if they beat Roma
Holders Real Madrid will seal their progress as group winners if they beat Roma ©AFP/Getty Images

Barcelona are through and plenty more can join them in clinching UEFA Champions League round of 16 places on matchday five. UEFA.com explains the permutations.

At a glance

Through to round of 16: Barcelona

All information in this article is subject to final confirmation from UEFA. These examples may not cover all potential situations.

TUESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

Highlights: Bayern 2-0 AEK
Highlights: Bayern 2-0 AEK

Group E: AEK Athens (0 points) v Ajax (8) [18:55CET], Bayern München (10) v Benfica (4)

  • Bayern will be through if they draw and will clinch first place if they win and Ajax do not.
  • Ajax will be through with a victory or if Benfica fail to win.
  • Benfica must win to maintain a chance of a top-two finish.

  • AEK can still finish third but need to get to within three points of Benfica before they face off on matchday six.
Highlights: Lyon 2-2 Hoffenheim
Highlights: Lyon 2-2 Hoffenheim

Group F: Lyon (6) v Manchester City (9), Hoffenheim (3) v Shakhtar Donetsk (2)

  • Manchester City will be through with a draw and will clinch first place with a win.

  • Lyon will be through with a win. A draw will be enough if the other game is also drawn due to their better head-to-head over Hoffenheim.

  • Hoffenheim will be out of contention for a top-two finish if they lose, or if they draw and Lyon avoid defeat. A win keeps Hoffenheim in contention regardless of the other result.

  • Shakhtar will be out of contention for a top-two finish if Lyon win or if both games are drawn. Shakhtar will be confirmed in fourth place if they lose.
Highlights: Plzeň 0-5 Real Madrid
Highlights: Plzeň 0-5 Real Madrid

Group G: CSKA Moskva (4) v Viktoria Plzeň (1) [18:55CET], Roma (9) v Real Madrid (9)

  • Roma will clinch a round of 16 place with a draw or if CSKA fail to win.

  • Madrid will clinch a round of 16 place as group winners with victory. They will also be through regardless of their result if CSKA fail to win.

  • CSKA must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish.

  • Plzeň must avoid defeat to stay in contention for a third-place finish.
Highlights: Juventus 1-2 Man. United
Highlights: Juventus 1-2 Man. United

Group H: Juventus (9) v Valencia (5), Manchester United (7) v Young Boys (1)

  • Juventus will be through with a draw or if Manchester United lose.

  • Man. United will be through if they win and Valencia do not.

  • Valencia will be out of contention for a top-two finish if they do not win and United do.

  • Young Boys must win to have any chance of a third-place finish.

WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER

Highlights: Atlético 2-0 Dortmund
Highlights: Atlético 2-0 Dortmund

Group A: Atlético Madrid (9 points) v Monaco (1) [18:55CET], Borussia Dortmund (9) v Club Brugge (4)

  • Dortmund will be through with a draw. Dortmund will clinch first place if they win and Atlético lose.
  • Atlético will be through if they win, or if Club Brugge fail to gain victory.

  • Club Brugge must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish.
  • Monaco can finish third but must reduce their gap to Brugge below three points.
Highlights: Inter 1-1 Barcelona
Highlights: Inter 1-1 Barcelona

Group B: Tottenham Hotspur (4) v Internazionale Milano (7), PSV Eindhoven (1) v Barcelona (10)

  • Barcelona are through, and will clinch first place in the group with a win, or a draw if Inter do not beat Spurs.
  • Inter will be through with a draw.
  • Spurs must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish.
  • PSV can finish third but must reduce their gap to Spurs below three points.
Highlights: Crvena zvezda 2-0 Liverpool
Highlights: Crvena zvezda 2-0 Liverpool

Group C: Napoli (6) v Crvena zvezda (4), Paris Saint-Germain (5) v Liverpool (6)

  • Liverpool will be through if they win and Crvena Zvezda do not beat Napoli.

  • Napoli will be through if they win and Paris do not beat Liverpool.

  • Paris will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose and Napoli win.

  • Crvena Zvezda will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose.
Highlights: Schalke 2-0 Galatasaray
Highlights: Schalke 2-0 Galatasaray

Group D: Lokomotiv Moskva (0) v Galatasaray (4), Porto (10) v Schalke (8)

  • Porto will be through with a draw, or if Galatasaray fail to win. Porto clinch first place with victory.

  • Schalke will be through with a win, or if Galatasaray fail to beat Lokomotiv.

  • Galatasaray must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish.

  • Lokomotiv are still able to finish in third place but must win to remain in contention.

Standings are provisional until all matches have been played.

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