Champions League In Focus - Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Preview

Champions League In Focus - Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Preview

Champions League In Focus - Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City Preview

The English have never had five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Basel knew victory at a half-empty Estadio da Luz would nearly certainly be enough to qualify from Group A, barring an unlikely heavy win for CSKA Moscow away to Manchester United.

Clubs can not play a team from the group from which they qualified until the quarter-finals, and likewise they are not allowed to meet a team from their own domestic league until the last eight either.

Striker Dimitri Oberlin scored twice in the first meeting against Benfica and is the club's leading scorer in Champions League despite being only 20-years-old.

The Ukrainian team can still go through, but need at least a draw to book their place in the next round.

Teams who were in the same group can also not be drawn together.

If United lose to CSKA and Basel do not win, United and CSKA go through with first place determined by head-to-head results. PSG are now in first place so Bayern must win by a four-goal margin to go through top. The foregone conclusion groups like PSG and Bayern in Group B haven't played out as regularly in 2017-18. Their hopes won't be helped by the fact that Antonio Conte's Blues still have plenty to play for too, as they need a win to guarantee top spot ahead of Roma. The story is what happened to Benfica, risking losing all of their Champions League group stage games if they can't come up with something against Basel on Tuesday.

But it heads to Athens on Tuesday still needing a win to definitely progress.

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Barcelona have qualified as Group D winners. If Napoli fail to win then Shakhtar will move onto the knockout phase regardless.

Meanwhile, Liverpool need to avoid defeat against Spartak Moscow to qualify.

They and Real Madrid are also joint in another metric; this time it is passing accuracy as both clubs are joint second with a pass completion rate of 89.1%.

Helping that is Napolit visiting already eliminated Feyenoord on Wednesday while Shakhtar Donetsk hosts group winners Manchester City.

Leipzig, who are level on points with Porto, host group victor Besiktas Wednesday and will only go through if they secure more points than the Portuguese team.

Spurs finished as group winners with holders Real Madrid qualifying as runners-up.

For Anderlecht to finish third they must win by three clear goals against Celtic. PSG beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and has a far superior goal difference.

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