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2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage

The 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage began on 12 September and ended on 6 December 2017.[1] A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout phase of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League.[2]

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 24 August 2017, 18:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[3]

The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on the following principles:

  • Pot 1 contained the title holders and the champions of the top seven associations based on their 2016 UEFA country coefficients.[4] If the title holders were one of the champions of the top seven associations, the champions of the association ranked eighth were also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients.[5]

On 17 July 2014, the UEFA emergency panel ruled that Ukrainian and Russian clubs would not be drawn against each other "until further notice" due to the political unrest between the countries.[6]

Moreover, the draw was controlled for teams from the same association in order to split the teams evenly into the two sets of four groups (A–D, E–H) for maximum television coverage. On each matchday, one set of four groups played their matches on Tuesday, while the other set of four groups played their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups alternating between each matchday.

The fixtures were decided after the draw, using a computer draw not shown to public, with the following match sequence (Regulations Article 16.02):[2]

Note: Positions for scheduling did not use the seeding pots, e.g., Team 1 was not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.

Matchday Matches
Matchday 1 2 v 3, 4 v 1
Matchday 2 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 3 3 v 1, 2 v 4
Matchday Matches
Matchday 4 1 v 3, 4 v 2
Matchday 5 3 v 2, 1 v 4
Matchday 6 2 v 1, 4 v 3

There were certain scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g., Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid) in general were not scheduled to play at home on the same matchday (to avoid teams from the same city playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days, due to logistics and crowd control), and teams in certain countries (e.g., Russia and Azerbaijan) were not scheduled to play at home on the last matchday (due to cold weather and simultaneous kick-off times).

TeamsEdit

Below were the participating teams (with their 2017 UEFA club coefficients),[5] grouped by their seeding pot. They included 22 teams which enter in this stage, and the 10 winners of the play-off round (5 in Champions Route, 5 in League Route).

Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16
Third-placed teams enter the Europa League round of 32
Pot 1 (by association rank)[7]
Assoc. Team Coeff.[5]
1   Real Madrid[TH] 176.999
2   Bayern Munich 154.899
3   Chelsea 106.192
4   Juventus 140.666
5   Benfica 111.866
6   Monaco 62.333
7   Spartak Moscow 18.606
8   Shakhtar Donetsk 87.526
Pot 2
Team Coeff.[5]
  Barcelona 151.999
  Atlético Madrid 142.999
  Paris Saint-Germain 126.333
  Borussia Dortmund 124.899
  Sevilla[LR] 112.999
  Manchester City 100.192
  Porto 98.866
  Manchester United 95.192
Pot 3
Team Coeff.[5]
  Napoli[LR] 88.666
  Tottenham Hotspur 77.192
  Basel 74.415
  Olympiacos[CR] 64.580
  Anderlecht 58.480
  Liverpool[LR] 56.192
  Roma 53.666
  Beşiktaş 45.840
Pot 4
Team Coeff.[5]
  Celtic[CR] 42.785
  CSKA Moscow[LR] 39.606
  Sporting CP[LR] 36.866
  APOEL[CR] 26.210
  Feyenoord 23.212
  Maribor[CR] 21.125
  Qarabağ[CR] 18.050
  RB Leipzig 15.899
Notes
  1. TH Title holders, automatically placed at the top position of seeding list.
  2. CR Winners of the play-off round (Champions Route).
  3. LR Winners of the play-off round (League Route).

FormatEdit

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams entered the Europa League round of 32.

TiebreakersEdit

Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 17.01):[2]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Wins in all group matches;
  9. Away wins in all group matches;
  10. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  11. UEFA club coefficient.

GroupsEdit

The matchdays were 12–13 September, 26–27 September, 17–18 October, 31 October – 1 November, 21–22 November, and 5–6 December 2017.[1] The match kickoff times were 20:45 CEST/CET in general, except for certain matches for geographical reasons.[8]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Manchester United 6 5 0 1 12 3 +9 15 Advance to knockout phase
2   Basel 6 4 0 2 11 5 +6 12
3   CSKA Moscow 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9 Transfer to Europa League
4   Benfica 6 0 0 6 1 14 −13 0
Source: UEFA
Benfica  1–2  CSKA Moscow
Report
Manchester United  3–0  Basel
Report
Attendance: 73,854[9]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Basel  5–0  Benfica
Report
Attendance: 34,111[10]
CSKA Moscow  1–4  Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 29,073[10]

CSKA Moscow  0–2  Basel
Report
Attendance: 27,996[11]
Benfica  0–1  Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 57,684[11]

Basel  1–2  CSKA Moscow
Report
Attendance: 33,303[12]
Manchester United  2–0  Benfica
Report

CSKA Moscow  2–0  Benfica
Report
Attendance: 27,709[13]
Basel  1–0  Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 36,000[13]

Benfica  0–2  Basel
Report
Attendance: 22,470[14]
Manchester United  2–1  CSKA Moscow
Report
Attendance: 74,669[14]

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Paris Saint-Germain 6 5 0 1 25 4 +21 15[a] Advance to knockout phase
2   Bayern Munich 6 5 0 1 13 6 +7 15[a]
3   Celtic 6 1 0 5 5 18 −13 3[b] Transfer to Europa League
4   Anderlecht 6 1 0 5 2 17 −15 3[b]
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich 3–1 Paris Saint-Germain.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Anderlecht 0–3 Celtic, Celtic 0–1 Anderlecht.
Bayern Munich  3–0  Anderlecht
Report
Attendance: 70,000[9]
Celtic  0–5  Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Attendance: 57,562[9]

Paris Saint-Germain  3–0  Bayern Munich
Report
Anderlecht  0–3  Celtic
Report

Anderlecht  0–4  Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Bayern Munich  3–0  Celtic
Report
Attendance: 70,000[11]

Paris Saint-Germain  5–0  Anderlecht
Report
Celtic  1–2  Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 58,269[12]

Anderlecht  1–2  Bayern Munich
Report
Paris Saint-Germain  7–1  Celtic
Report

Bayern Munich  3–1  Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Attendance: 70,000[14]
Celtic  0–1  Anderlecht
Report
Attendance: 57,931[14]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Roma 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11[a] Advance to knockout phase
2   Chelsea 6 3 2 1 16 8 +8 11[a]
3   Atlético Madrid 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7 Transfer to Europa League
4   Qarabağ 6 0 2 4 2 14 −12 2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Chelsea 3–3 Roma, Roma 3–0 Chelsea.
Chelsea  6–0  Qarabağ
Report
Roma  0–0  Atlético Madrid
Report
Attendance: 36,064[9]

Qarabağ  1–2  Roma
Report
Atlético Madrid  1–2  Chelsea
Report

Qarabağ  0–0  Atlético Madrid
Report
Chelsea  3–3  Roma
Report
Attendance: 41,105[11]

Atlético Madrid  1–1  Qarabağ
Report
Roma  3–0  Chelsea
Report
Attendance: 55,036[12]

Qarabağ  0–4  Chelsea
Report
Atlético Madrid  2–0  Roma
Report

Chelsea  1–1  Atlético Madrid
Report
Roma  1–0  Qarabağ
Report
Attendance: 34,258[14]

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Barcelona 6 4 2 0 9 1 +8 14 Advance to knockout phase
2   Juventus 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11
3   Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 7 Transfer to Europa League
4   Olympiacos 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1
Source: UEFA
Barcelona  3–0  Juventus
Report
Attendance: 78,656[9]
Olympiacos  2–3  Sporting CP
Report

Sporting CP  0–1  Barcelona
Report
Juventus  2–0  Olympiacos
Report
Attendance: 33,460[10]

Juventus  2–1  Sporting CP
Report
Attendance: 36,288[11]
Barcelona  3–1  Olympiacos
Report
Attendance: 55,026[11]

Sporting CP  1–1  Juventus
Report
Olympiacos  0–0  Barcelona
Report

Juventus  0–0  Barcelona
Report
Attendance: 40,876[13]
Sporting CP  3–1  Olympiacos
Report

Barcelona  2–0  Sporting CP
Report
Attendance: 48,336[14]
Olympiacos  0–2  Juventus
Report

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Liverpool 6 3 3 0 23 6 +17 12 Advance to knockout phase
2   Sevilla 6 2 3 1 12 12 0 9
3   Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 9 13 −4 6 Transfer to Europa League
4   Maribor 6 0 3 3 3 16 −13 3
Source: UEFA
Maribor  1–1  Spartak Moscow
Report
Attendance: 12,566[15]
Liverpool  2–2  Sevilla
Report
Attendance: 52,332[15]

Sevilla  3–0  Maribor
Report
Spartak Moscow  1–1  Liverpool
Report
Attendance: 43,376[16]

Spartak Moscow  5–1  Sevilla
Report
Attendance: 44,307[17]
Maribor  0–7  Liverpool
Report
Attendance: 12,506[17]

Sevilla  2–1  Spartak Moscow
Report
Liverpool  3–0  Maribor
Report
Attendance: 47,957[18]

Spartak Moscow  1–1  Maribor
Report
Attendance: 42,920[19]
Sevilla  3–3  Liverpool
Report

Maribor  1–1  Sevilla
Report
Attendance: 11,976[20]
Liverpool  7–0  Spartak Moscow
Report
Attendance: 48,779[20]

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Manchester City 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15 Advance to knockout phase
2   Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 0 2 9 9 0 12
3   Napoli 6 2 0 4 11 11 0 6 Transfer to Europa League
4   Feyenoord 6 1 0 5 5 14 −9 3
Source: UEFA
Feyenoord  0–4  Manchester City
Report
Attendance: 43,500[15]
Shakhtar Donetsk  2–1  Napoli
Report

Napoli  3–1  Feyenoord
Report
Attendance: 22,577[16]
Manchester City  2–0  Shakhtar Donetsk
Report

Manchester City  2–1  Napoli
Report
Feyenoord  1–2  Shakhtar Donetsk
Report

Napoli  2–4  Manchester City
Report
Attendance: 44,483[18]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Shakhtar Donetsk  3–1  Feyenoord
Report

Manchester City  1–0  Feyenoord
Report
Napoli  3–0  Shakhtar Donetsk
Report
Attendance: 10,573[19]

Feyenoord  2–1  Napoli
Report
Attendance: 36,500[20]
Shakhtar Donetsk  2–1  Manchester City
Report

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Beşiktaş 6 4 2 0 11 5 +6 14 Advance to knockout phase
2   Porto 6 3 1 2 15 10 +5 10
3   RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7 Transfer to Europa League
4   Monaco 6 0 2 4 6 16 −10 2
Source: UEFA
RB Leipzig  1–1  Monaco
Report
Attendance: 40,068[15]
Porto  1–3  Beşiktaş
Report

Beşiktaş  2–0  RB Leipzig
Report
Attendance: 36,641[16]
Monaco  0–3  Porto
Report
Attendance: 11,703[16]

Monaco  1–2  Beşiktaş
Report
Attendance: 7,403[17]
RB Leipzig  3–2  Porto
Report
Attendance: 41,496[17]

Beşiktaş  1–1  Monaco
Report
Attendance: 39,346[18]
Porto  3–1  RB Leipzig
Report

Beşiktaş  1–1  Porto
Report
Monaco  1–4  RB Leipzig
Report

RB Leipzig  1–2  Beşiktaş
Report
Attendance: 42,558[20]
Porto  5–2  Monaco
Report
Attendance: 42,509[20]

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Tottenham Hotspur 6 5 1 0 15 4 +11 16 Advance to knockout phase
2   Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 17 7 +10 13
3   Borussia Dortmund 6 0 2 4 7 13 −6 2[a] Transfer to Europa League
4   APOEL 6 0 2 4 2 17 −15 2[a]
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: APOEL 1–1 Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Dortmund 1–1 APOEL (tied on head-to-head results, ranked on total goal difference).
Real Madrid  3–0  APOEL
Report
Tottenham Hotspur  3–1  Borussia Dortmund
Report
Attendance: 67,343[15]

Borussia Dortmund  1–3  Real Madrid
Report
APOEL  0–3  Tottenham Hotspur
Report
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APOEL  1–1  Borussia Dortmund
Report
Attendance: 15,604[17]
Real Madrid  1–1  Tottenham Hotspur
Report

Borussia Dortmund  1–1  APOEL
Report
Attendance: 64,500[18]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Tottenham Hotspur  3–1  Real Madrid
Report
Attendance: 83,782[18]

APOEL  0–6  Real Madrid
Report
Attendance: 19,705[19]
Borussia Dortmund  1–2  Tottenham Hotspur
Report

Real Madrid  3–2  Borussia Dortmund
Report
Tottenham Hotspur  3–0  APOEL
Report
Attendance: 42,679[20]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches in 31 October to 6 December 2017, and CEST (UTC+2) for matches in 12 September to 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Qarabağ played their home matches at Olympic Stadium, Baku, instead of their regular stadium Azersun Arena, Baku.
  3. ^ a b c Shakhtar Donetsk played their home matches at Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, instead of their regular stadium Donbass Arena, Donetsk, due to the war conditions in Eastern Ukraine.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2017/18 Season" (PDF). UEFA.com. 4 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Group stage draw". UEFA.com.
  4. ^ "Country coefficients 2014/15". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
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  6. ^ "Emergency Panel decisions". UEFA.org. 17 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Real Madrid lead 2017/18 Champions League seeds". UEFA.com. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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