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2018–19 UEFA Champions League

The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League is the 64th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 27th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

2018–19 UEFA Champions League
Wanda-Metropolitano.jpg
The Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid will host the final
Tournament details
DatesQualifying:
26 June – 29 August 2018
Competition proper:
18 September 2018 – 1 June 2019
TeamsCompetition proper: 32
Total: 79 (from 54 associations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played96
Goals scored275 (2.86 per match)
Attendance4,382,262 (45,649 per match)
Top scorer(s)Poland Robert Lewandowski
(8 goals)
All statistics correct as of 12 December 2018.

The final will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain.[1] The winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League will earn the right to play against the winners of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. They will also automatically qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League group stage, and if they have already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved will be given to the champions of the 2018–19 Austrian Bundesliga, the 11th-ranked association according to next season's access list.[2]

For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in the competition from the round of 16 onwards.[3]

Real Madrid are the defending champions, having won the title for three successive seasons in 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18.

Contents

Format changesEdit

On 9 December 2016, UEFA confirmed the reforming plan for the UEFA Champions League for the 2018–2021 cycle, which was announced on 26 August 2016.[4][5] As per the new regulations, the previous season's UEFA Europa League winners will qualify automatically for the UEFA Champions League group stage (previously they would qualify for the play-off round, but would be promoted to the group stage only if the Champions League title holder berth was vacated, although this promotion to the group stage had been made in all three seasons since it was established from 2015–16). Meanwhile, the top four teams from the leagues of the four top-ranked national associations in the UEFA country coefficients list will qualify automatically for the group stage as well.[4] Only six teams will qualify for the group stage via the qualification rounds, down from ten in the previous season.[6]

Association team allocationEdit

79 teams from 54 of the 55 UEFA member associations participate in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League (the exception being Liechtenstein, which does not organise a domestic league). The association ranking based on the UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[6][7]

  • Associations 1–4 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 5–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–55 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League and 2017–18 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league.

Association rankingEdit

For the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2017 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2012–13 to 2016–17.[8]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (UCL) – Additional berth for the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League winners
  • (UEL) – Additional berth for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League winners
Association ranking for 2018–19 UEFA Champions League
Rank Association Coeff. Teams
1   Spain 104.998 4
2   Germany 79.498
3   England 75.962
4   Italy 73.332
5   France 56.665 3
6   Russia 50.532
7   Portugal 49.332 2
8   Ukraine 42.633
9   Belgium 42.400
10   Turkey 39.200
11   Czech Republic 33.175
12   Switzerland 32.075
13   Netherlands 31.063
14   Greece 27.900
15   Austria 25.350
16   Croatia 25.250 1
17   Romania 24.350
18   Denmark 24.000
19   Belarus 19.875
Rank Association Coeff. Teams
20   Poland 19.750 1
21   Sweden 19.725
22   Israel 19.375
23   Scotland 18.925
24   Cyprus 18.550
25   Norway 18.325
26   Azerbaijan 17.750
27   Bulgaria 15.875
28   Serbia 15.375
29   Kazakhstan 15.250
30   Slovenia 13.125
31   Slovakia 11.750
32   Liechtenstein 11.000 0
33   Hungary 9.500 1
34   Moldova 9.500
35   Iceland 8.375
36   Finland 7.650
37   Albania 6.625
Rank Association Coeff. Teams
38   Republic of Ireland 6.575 1
39   Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.500
40   Georgia 6.375
41   Latvia 6.125
42   Macedonia 5.625
43   Estonia 5.250
44   Montenegro 5.250
45   Armenia 5.125
46   Luxembourg 4.875
47   Northern Ireland 4.500
48   Lithuania 4.125
49   Malta 4.000
50   Wales 3.875
51   Faroe Islands 3.500
52   Gibraltar 2.500
53   Andorra 1.165
54   San Marino 0.333
55   Kosovo 0.000

DistributionEdit

In the default access list, the Champions League title holders qualify for the group stage.[9][6] However, since Real Madrid already qualified for the group stage via their domestic league (as third place of the 2017–18 La Liga), the following changes to the access list were made:[10]

  • The champions of association 11 (Czech Republic) entered the group stage instead of the play-off round.
  • The champions of association 13 (Netherlands) entered the play-off round instead of the third qualifying round.
  • The champions of association 15 (Austria) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
  • The champions of associations 18 and 19 (Denmark and Belarus) entered the second qualifying round instead of the first qualifying round.

In addition, the Europa League title holders qualify for the group stage.[9] However, since Atlético Madrid, the Europa League champions, already qualified for the group stage via their domestic league (as second place of the 2017–18 La Liga), the following changes to the access list were made:[10]

  • The third-placed team of association 5 (France) entered the group stage instead of the third qualifying round.
  • The runners-up of association 10 and 11 (Turkey and Czech Republic) entered the third qualifying round instead of the second qualifying round.
Access list for 2018–19 UEFA Champions League
Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
Preliminary round
(4 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 52–55
First qualifying round
(32 teams)
  • 31 champions from associations 20–51 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 1 winner from the preliminary round
Second qualifying round Champions Path
(20 teams)
  • 4 champions from associations 16–19
  • 16 winners from the first qualifying round
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 runners-up from associations 12–15
Third qualifying round Champions Path
(12 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 14–15
  • 10 winners from the second qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(8 teams)
  • 5 runners-up from associations 7–11
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
  • 2 winners from the second qualifying round (League Path)
Play-off round Champions Path
(8 teams)
  • 2 champions from associations 12–13
  • 6 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Path)
League Path
(4 teams)
  • 4 winners from the third qualifying round (League Path)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • 11 champions from associations 1–11
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 5 third-placed teams from associations 1–5
  • 4 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–4
  • 4 winners from the play-off round (Champions Path)
  • 2 winners from the play-off round (League Path)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

TeamsEdit

League positions of the previous season shown in parentheses (TH: Champions League title holders; EL: Europa League title holders).[11]

Qualified teams for 2018–19 UEFA Champions League (by entry round)
Group stage
  Real MadridTH (3rd)   Borussia Dortmund (4th)   Roma (3rd)   Porto (1st)
  Atlético MadridEL (2nd)   Manchester City (1st)   Inter Milan (4th)   Shakhtar Donetsk (1st)
  Barcelona (1st)   Manchester United (2nd)   Paris Saint-Germain (1st)   Club Brugge (1st)
  Valencia (4th)   Tottenham Hotspur (3rd)   Monaco (2nd)[Note FRA]   Galatasaray (1st)
  Bayern Munich (1st)   Liverpool (4th)   Lyon (3rd)   Viktoria Plzeň (1st)
  Schalke 04 (2nd)   Juventus (1st)   Lokomotiv Moscow (1st)
  1899 Hoffenheim (3rd)   Napoli (2nd)   CSKA Moscow (2nd)
Play-off round
Champions Path League Path
  Young Boys (1st)   PSV Eindhoven (1st)
Third qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
  AEK Athens (1st)   Red Bull Salzburg (1st)   Spartak Moscow (3rd)   Standard Liège (2nd)
  Benfica (2nd)   Fenerbahçe (2nd)
  Dynamo Kyiv (2nd)   Slavia Prague (2nd)
Second qualifying round
Champions Path League Path
  Dinamo Zagreb (1st)   Midtjylland (1st)   Basel (2nd)   PAOK (2nd)
  CFR Cluj (1st)   BATE Borisov (1st)   Ajax (2nd)   Sturm Graz (2nd)
First qualifying round
  Legia Warsaw (1st)   Red Star Belgrade (1st)   Kukësi (2nd)[Note ALB]   Alashkert (1st)
  Malmö FF (1st)   Astana (1st)   Cork City (1st)   F91 Dudelange (1st)
  Hapoel Be'er Sheva (1st)   Olimpija Ljubljana (1st)   Zrinjski Mostar (1st)   Crusaders (1st)
  Celtic (1st)   Spartak Trnava (1st)   Torpedo Kutaisi (1st)   Sūduva Marijampolė (1st)
  APOEL (1st)   MOL Vidi (1st)   Spartaks Jūrmala (1st)   Valletta (1st)
  Rosenborg (1st)   Sheriff Tiraspol (1st)   Shkëndija (1st)   The New Saints (1st)
  Qarabağ (1st)   Valur (1st)   Flora Tallinn (1st)   Víkingur Gøta (1st)
  Ludogorets Razgrad (1st)   HJK (1st)   Sutjeska Nikšić (1st)
Preliminary round
  Lincoln Red Imps (1st)   FC Santa Coloma (1st)   La Fiorita (1st)   Drita (1st)
Notes
  1. ^ Albania (ALB): In March 2018, Skënderbeu was handed a 10-year ban from UEFA club competitions over match fixing.[12] Since they finished as champions of the 2017–18 Albanian Superliga, the runners-up of the league, Kukësi, entered the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League instead of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ France (FRA): Monaco are a club based in Monaco (which is not a UEFA member), but participate in the Champions League through one of the berths for France (any coefficient points they earn count towards France's total).

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule of the competition is as follows (all draws are held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, unless stated otherwise).[13]

Schedule for 2018–19 UEFA Champions League
Phase Round Draw date First leg Second leg
Qualifying Preliminary round 12 June 2018 26 June 2018 (semi-final round) 29 June 2018 (final round)
First qualifying round 19 June 2018 10–11 July 2018 17–18 July 2018
Second qualifying round 24–25 July 2018 31 July – 1 August 2018
Third qualifying round 23 July 2018 7–8 August 2018 14 August 2018
Play-off Play-off round 6 August 2018 21–22 August 2018 28–29 August 2018
Group stage Matchday 1 30 August 2018
(Monaco)
18–19 September 2018
Matchday 2 2–3 October 2018
Matchday 3 23–24 October 2018
Matchday 4 6–7 November 2018
Matchday 5 27–28 November 2018
Matchday 6 11–12 December 2018
Knockout phase Round of 16 17 December 2018 12–13 & 19–20 February 2019 5–6 & 12–13 March 2019
Quarter-finals 15 March 2019 9–10 April 2019 16–17 April 2019
Semi-finals 30 April – 1 May 2019 7–8 May 2019
Final 1 June 2019 at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

From this season, there will be staggered kick-off times in the group stage at 18:55 CET and 21:00 CET. Kick-off times starting from the knock-out phase will be 21:00 CET.[9]

Preliminary roundEdit

In the preliminary round, teams were divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients,[14] and then drawn into one-legged semi-final and final ties. The draw for the preliminary round was held on 12 June 2018.[15] The semi-final round was played on 26 June, and the final round was played on 29 June 2018, both at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar.[16] The losers of both semi-final and final rounds entered the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Semi-final round
FC Santa Coloma   0–2 (a.e.t.)   Drita
La Fiorita   0–2   Lincoln Red Imps
Team 1  Score  Team 2
Final round
Lincoln Red Imps   1–4 (a.e.t.)   Drita

Drita's win on 26 June 2018 was the first time that a team representing Kosovo had won a game in any UEFA competition.

Qualifying roundsEdit

In the qualifying and play-off rounds, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients,[14] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties.

First qualifying roundEdit

The draw for the first qualifying round was held on 19 June 2018.[17] The first legs were played on 10 and 11 July, and the second legs were played on 17 and 18 July 2018. The losers entered the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round, except for the losers of the Cork City/Legia Warsaw tie who were randomly drawn to receive a bye to the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Torpedo Kutaisi   2–4   Sheriff Tiraspol 2–1 0–3
Shkëndija   5–4   The New Saints 5–0 0–4
Sūduva Marijampolė   3–2   APOEL 3–1 0–1
Olimpija Ljubljana   0–1   Qarabağ 0–1 0–0
F91 Dudelange   2–3   MOL Vidi 1–1 1–2
Drita   0–5   Malmö FF 0–3 0–2
Víkingur Gøta   2–5[A]   HJK 1–2 1–3
Ludogorets Razgrad   9–0   Crusaders 7–0 2–0
Cork City   0–4   Legia Warsaw 0–1 0–3
Valur   2–3   Rosenborg 1–0 1–3
Kukësi   1–1 (a)   Valletta 0–0 1–1
Flora Tallinn   2–7   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 1–4 1–3
Spartaks Jūrmala   0–2   Red Star Belgrade 0–0 0–2
Alashkert   0–6   Celtic 0–3 0–3
Spartak Trnava   2–1   Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 1–1
Astana   3–0   Sutjeska Nikšić 1–0 2–0
Notes
  1. ^ Order of legs reversed after original draw.

Second qualifying roundEdit

The second qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The draw for the second qualifying round was held on 19 June 2018.[17] The first legs were played on 24 and 25 July, and the second legs were played on 31 July and 1 August 2018. The losers from both Champions Path and League Path entered the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Astana   2–1   Midtjylland 2–1 0–0
Ludogorets Razgrad   0–1   MOL Vidi 0–0 0–1
Kukësi   0–3   Qarabağ 0–0 0–3
CFR Cluj   1–2   Malmö FF 0–1 1–1
Dinamo Zagreb   7–2   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 5–0 2–2
Red Star Belgrade   5–0   Sūduva Marijampolė 3–0 2–0
BATE Borisov   2–1   HJK 0–0 2–1
Shkëndija   1–0   Sheriff Tiraspol 1–0 0–0
Legia Warsaw   1–2   Spartak Trnava 0–2 1–0
Celtic   3–1   Rosenborg 3–1 0–0
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
PAOK   5–1   Basel 2–1 3–0
Ajax   5–1   Sturm Graz 2–0 3–1

Third qualifying roundEdit

The third qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The draw for the third qualifying round was held on 23 July 2018.[18] The first legs were played on 7 and 8 August, and the second legs were played on 14 August 2018. The losers from Champions Path enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League play-off round, while the losers from League Path enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Celtic   2–3   AEK Athens 1–1 1–2
Red Bull Salzburg   4–0   Shkëndija 3–0 1–0
Red Star Belgrade   3–2   Spartak Trnava 1–1 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Qarabağ   1–2   BATE Borisov 0–1 1–1
Astana   0–3   Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 0–1
Malmö FF   1–1 (a)   MOL Vidi 1–1 0–0
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
Standard Liège   2–5   Ajax 2–2 0–3
Benfica   2–1   Fenerbahçe 1–0 1–1
Slavia Prague   1–3   Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 0–2
PAOK   3–2   Spartak Moscow 3–2 0–0

Play-off roundEdit

The play-off round was split into two separate sections: Champions Path (for league champions) and League Path (for league non-champions). The draw for the play-off round was held on 6 August 2018.[19] The first legs were played on 21 and 22 August, and the second legs were played on 28 and 29 August. The losers from both Champions Path and League Path entered the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Champions Path
Red Star Belgrade   2–2 (a)   Red Bull Salzburg 0–0 2–2
BATE Borisov   2–6   PSV Eindhoven 2–3 0–3
Young Boys   3–2   Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 2–1
MOL Vidi   2–3   AEK Athens 1–2 1–1
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
League Path
Benfica   5–2   PAOK 1–1 4–1
Ajax   3–1   Dynamo Kyiv 3–1 0–0

Group stageEdit

Location of teams of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage.
  Brown: Group A;   Red: Group B;   Orange: Group C;   Yellow: Group D;
  Green: Group E;   Blue: Group F;   Purple: Group G;   Pink: Group H.

The draw for the group stage was held on 30 August 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[20] 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 (introduced starting this season):[7]

  • Pot 1 contained the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2017 UEFA country coefficients. If either or both title holders were one of the champions of the top six associations, the champions of the next highest ranked association(s) are also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2018 UEFA club coefficients.[14]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League round of 32. The matchdays are 18–19 September, 2–3 October, 23–24 October, 6–7 November, 27–28 November, and 11–12 December 2018.

The youth teams of the clubs that qualify for the group stage also participate in the 2018–19 UEFA Youth League on the same matchdays, where they compete in the UEFA Champions League Path (the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations compete in a separate Domestic Champions Path until the play-offs).

A total of 15 national associations are represented in the group stage. 1899 Hoffenheim, Red Star Belgrade (1991 European champions) and Young Boys will make their debut appearances in the group stage (although Red Star Belgrade have appeared in the European Cup group stage).

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DOR ATM BRU MON
1   Borussia Dortmund 6 4 1 1 10 2 +8 13[a] Advance to knockout phase 4–0 0–0 3–0
2   Atlético Madrid 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3 13[a] 2–0 3–1 2–0
3   Club Brugge 6 1 3 2 6 5 +1 6 Transfer to Europa League 0–1 0–0 1–1
4   Monaco 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12 1 0–2 1–2 0–4
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head goal difference: Borussia Dortmund +2, Atlético Madrid –2.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR TOT INT PSV
1   Barcelona 6 4 2 0 14 5 +9 14 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 2–0 4–0
2   Tottenham Hotspur 6 2 2 2 9 10 −1 8[a] 2–4 1–0 2–1
3   Inter Milan 6 2 2 2 6 7 −1 8[a] Transfer to Europa League 1–1 2–1 1–1
4   PSV Eindhoven 6 0 2 4 6 13 −7 2 1–2 2–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head away goals: Tottenham Hotspur 1, Inter Milan 0.

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PAR LIV NAP ZVE
1   Paris Saint-Germain 6 3 2 1 17 9 +8 11 Advance to knockout phase 2–1 2–2 6–1
2   Liverpool 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2 9[a] 3–2 1–0 4–0
3   Napoli 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2 9[a] Transfer to Europa League 1–1 1–0 3–1
4   Red Star Belgrade 6 1 1 4 5 17 −12 4 1–4 2–0 0–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Goals in all group matches: Liverpool 9, Napoli 7.

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification POR SCH GAL LOM
1   Porto 6 5 1 0 15 6 +9 16 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 4–1
2   Schalke 04 6 3 2 1 6 4 +2 11 1–1 2–0 1–0
3   Galatasaray 6 1 1 4 5 8 −3 4 Transfer to Europa League 2–3 0–0 3–0
4   Lokomotiv Moscow 6 1 0 5 4 12 −8 3 1–3 0–1 2–0
Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAY AJX BEN AEK
1   Bayern Munich 6 4 2 0 15 5 +10 14 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 5–1 2–0
2   Ajax 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6 12 3–3 1–0 3–0
3   Benfica 6 2 1 3 6 11 −5 7 Transfer to Europa League 0–2 1–1 1–0
4   AEK Athens 6 0 0 6 2 13 −11 0 0–2 0–2 2–3
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MC LYO SHK HOF
1   Manchester City 6 4 1 1 16 6 +10 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–2 6–0 2–1
2   Lyon 6 1 5 0 12 11 +1 8 2–2 2–2 2–2
3   Shakhtar Donetsk 6 1 3 2 8 16 −8 6 Transfer to Europa League 0–3 1–1 2–2
4   1899 Hoffenheim 6 0 3 3 11 14 −3 3 1–2 3–3 2–3
Source: UEFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RMA ROM PLZ CSKA
1   Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 12 5 +7 12 Advance to knockout phase 3–0 2–1 0–3
2   Roma 6 3 0 3 11 8 +3 9 0–2 5–0 3–0
3   Viktoria Plzeň 6 2 1 3 7 16 −9 7[a] Transfer to Europa League 0–5 2–1 2–2
4   CSKA Moscow 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 7[a] 1–0 1–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Viktoria Plzeň 4, CSKA Moscow 1.

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JUV MU VAL YB
1   Juventus 6 4 0 2 9 4 +5 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–2 1–0 3–0
2   Manchester United 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10 0–1 0–0 1–0
3   Valencia 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8 Transfer to Europa League 0–2 2–1 3–1
4   Young Boys 6 1 1 4 4 12 −8 4 2–1 0–3 1–1
Source: UEFA

Knockout phaseEdit

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final.

The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners are seeded, and the eight group runners-up are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other. As the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals are held together before the quarter-finals are played, the identity of the quarter-final winners is not known at the time of the semi-final draw. A draw is also held to determine which semi-final winner is designated as the "home" team for the final (for administrative purposes as it is played at a neutral venue).

Round of 16Edit

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on 17 December 2018.[21] The first legs will be played on 12, 13, 19 and 20 February, and the second legs will be played on 5, 6, 12 and 13 March 2019.

Qualified teamsEdit

Group Winners
(seeded in round of 16 draw)
Runners-up
(unseeded in round of 16 draw)
A   Borussia Dortmund   Atlético Madrid
B   Barcelona   Tottenham Hotspur
C   Paris Saint-Germain   Liverpool
D   Porto   Schalke 04
E   Bayern Munich   Ajax
F   Manchester City   Lyon
G   Real Madrid   Roma
H   Juventus   Manchester United

Quarter-finalsEdit

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 15 March 2019.[22] The first legs will be played on 9 and 10 April, and the second legs will be played on 16 and 17 April 2019.

Semi-finalsEdit

The draw for the semi-finals will be held on 15 March 2019 (after the quarter-final draw).[23] The first legs will be played on 30 April and 1 May, and the second legs will be played on 7 and 8 May 2019.

FinalEdit

The final will be played on 1 June 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. The "home" team (for administrative purposes) will be determined by an additional draw held after the quarter-final and semi-final draws.[23]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics exclude qualifying rounds and play-off round.

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 12 December 2018[24]
Rank Player Team Goals Minutes played
1   Robert Lewandowski   Bayern Munich 8 534
2   Lionel Messi   Barcelona 6 297
3   Paulo Dybala   Juventus 5 355
  Edin Džeko   Roma 360
  Andrej Kramarić   1899 Hoffenheim 481
  Neymar   Paris Saint-Germain 532
  Dušan Tadić   Ajax 540
  Moussa Marega   Porto 540
9   Raphaël Guerreiro   Borussia Dortmund 4 221
  Antoine Griezmann   Atlético Madrid 540
  Mauro Icardi   Inter Milan 540
  Harry Kane   Tottenham Hotspur 540

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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