Lens, Man City, AC Milan and Salzburg have clinched round of 16 places as group winners while eight more clubs are assured of at least play-offs with one game left.
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The 2023/24 UEFA Youth League Champions League path group stage is running in parallel with the senior competition until 12 and 13 December.
As always, the group winners progress straight to the round of 16 while the runners-up will go into the play-offs to be drawn away against the eight winners from the domestic champions path, competing for the remaining spots in the knockout phase. The competition concludes with a one-venue, four-team knockout tournament in April.
Youth League state of play
Through to round of 16 (group winners): AC Milan (ITA), Lens (FRA), Manchester City (ENG), Salzburg (AUT)
Confirmed in top two, final position TBD: Atlético (ESP), Barcelona (ESP), Braga (POR), Copenhagen (DEN), Feyenoord (NED), Porto (POR), Real Madrid (ESP)
Through to play-offs (group runners-up & domestic champions path winners): AZ Alkmaar (NED, holders)*, Basel (SUI)*, Leipzig (GER), Mainz (GER)*, Midtjylland (DEN)*, Nantes (FRA)*, Olympiacos (GRE)*, Partizan (SRB)*, Žilina (SVK)*
*Domestic champions path winner
Can still reach round of 16 or play-offs, but not certain of top-two finish: Bayern
Can still reach play-offs: Benfica, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Inter, Paris Saint-Germain, PSV Eindhoven, Real Sociedad, Sevilla
Competition debutants Lens sealed first place in Group B on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory at eliminated Arsenal. Sevilla beat PSV Eindhoven 1-0 to go a point ahead of their opponents in second.
In Group D, Salzburg won 2-0 at Real Sociedad and are confirmed in the round of 16 after their fellow former champions Benfica were held 1-1 by Inter. Benfica, who host Salzburg on Matchday 6, have a two-point advantage over both Inter and La Real, and equal head-to-head records against each.
Copenhagen were sure of a top-two finish before today but missed the chance to clinch Group A as Bayern came from behind with a quickfire double by Emirhan Demircan to win 2-1 and move to within a point of their hosts. Bayern also have a three-point cushion and a goal difference advantage of eight over Galatasaray, who went into third by beating Manchester United, now unable to go through.
Braga booked progress in their maiden campaign with a 1-0 Group C win that ends Union Berlin's own debut hopes. Real Madrid then moved back ahead of Braga on goal difference, and ensured they kept up their record of progressing from their group in all ten editions, by defeating Napoli 6-0 to eliminate their visitors.
On Tuesday, AC Milan were confirmed in the round of 16 after a 4-1 defeat of Borussia Dortmund sealed first place in Group F. Dortmund face Paris Saint-Germain for second on 13 December with the German side still a point ahead after the French club were beaten 2-1 at home by eliminated Newcastle United, their first-ever victory in this competition.
Manchester City clinched Group G after coming from behind to beat Leipzig 2-1. Both teams were already confirmed in the top two, meaning Leipzig go into the play-offs, the first time in five attempts they have got past the group stage.
Atlético went first in Group E with a 1-0 victory at Feyenoord. Fernando Torres's side are now two points clear of Feyenoord, coached by Robin van Persie, who gave a European debut to son Shaqueel. Each team were already sure of top-two finishes, meaning Atleti have made at least the play-offs in all ten editions of this competition.
Barcelona had the only perfect record after four games but that was ended in spectacular style by Porto with a 4-0 away win that ensured they matched their hosts in making sure of a top-two finish, and indeed went first on head-to-head record. Shakhtar had briefly stayed in contention earlier by beating Antwerp 3-1 but needed Porto to lose.
All KO times CET, may be subject to change
Wednesday 29 November
Tuesday 28 November
Wednesday 8 November
Tuesday 7 November
Wednesday 25 October
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Tuesday 19 September
Tuesday 12 December
Wednesday 13 December
• Joint-record two-time winners Barcelona, plus fellow former champions Benfica, Porto, Real Madrid and Salzburg are involved (holders AZ Alkmaar are in the domestic champions path).
• Past runners-up Paris and Shakhtar are also in this path. Milan reached the 2022/23 semi-finals, a stage Atlético made the previous season.
• Atlético, Barcelona, Bayern, Benfica, Man City, Paris, Porto and Real Madrid maintain their perfect record of having entered all ten editions of this competition, which began in 2013/14 (the 2020/21 edition was cancelled).
• Teams making their competition debuts in this path are Antwerp, Braga, Lazio, Lens, Newcastle and Union Berlin.
• Galatasaray and Copenhagen met in the inaugural group stage of 2013/14. Copenhagen won 1-0 away and drew 2-2 at home.
• The same season, Madrid beat Napoli 2-1 in the round of 16.
• Benfica and Salzburg have met in two Nyon finals. Salzburg won 2-1 in 2017, Benfica turned the tables 6-0 in 2022.
• Last season Dortmund beat Paris on penalties in the round of 16 after a 1-1 draw.
• In the 2021/22 group stage, Man City beat Leipzig 5-1 at home and 1-0 away.
• Barcelona beat Porto 2-1 in the 2016/17 quarter-finals. Porto and Shakhtar drew 1-1 twice in the 2014/15 group stage.
Play-off draw: 19 December, Nyon
Play-offs: 6/7 February
Knockout draw (round of 16 onwards): 9 February, Nyon
Round of 16: 27/28 February
Quarter-finals: 12/13 March
Semi-finals: 19 April (single venue)
Final: 22 April (single venue)