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2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage

The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage began on 18 September and ended on 12 December 2018.[1] A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout phase of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League.[2]

Contents

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 30 August 2018, 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 (Regulations Article 13.06):[2]

  • Pot 1 contained the Champions League title holders, the Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2017 UEFA country coefficients.[4] If either the Champions League or Europa League title holders were one of the champions of the top six associations, the champions of the association ranked seventh (and possibly eighth) were also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2018 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 following pairings were announced by UEFA after the group stage teams were confirmed:[3][7]

  • Spain: Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Valencia
  • Germany: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and 1899 Hoffenheim
  • England: Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Liverpool
  • Italy: Juventus and Inter Milan, Napoli and Roma
  • France: Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon
  • Russia: Lokomotiv Moscow and CSKA Moscow
  • Portugal: Porto and Benfica
  • Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven and Ajax

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 do not use the seeding pots, e.g. Team 1 is not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 18–19 September 2018 2 v 3, 4 v 1
Matchday 2 2–3 October 2018 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 3 23–24 October 2018 3 v 1, 2 v 4
Matchday 4 6–7 November 2018 1 v 3, 4 v 2
Matchday 5 27–28 November 2018 3 v 2, 1 v 4
Matchday 6 11–12 December 2018 2 v 1, 4 v 3

There were 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 them playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days, due to logistics and crowd control), and teams from "winter countries" (e.g. Russia) were not scheduled to play at home on the last matchday (due to cold weather).

TeamsEdit

Below are the participating teams (with their 2018 UEFA club coefficients),[5] grouped by their seeding pot. They include:

Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to round of 16
Third-placed teams enter Europa League round of 32
Pot 1 (by association rank)[4]
Assoc. Team Coeff.[5]
TH   Real Madrid 162.000
EL   Atlético Madrid 140.000
1   Barcelona 132.000
2   Bayern Munich 135.000
3   Manchester City 100.000
4   Juventus 126.000
5   Paris Saint-Germain 109.000
6   Lokomotiv Moscow 22.500
Pot 2
Team Notes Coeff.[5]
  Borussia Dortmund 89.000
  Porto 86.000
  Manchester United 82.000
  Shakhtar Donetsk 81.000
  Benfica [LP] 80.000
  Napoli 78.000
  Tottenham Hotspur 67.000
  Roma 64.000
Pot 3
Team Notes Coeff.[5]
  Liverpool 62.000
  Schalke 04 62.000
  Lyon 59.500
  Monaco 57.000
  Ajax [LP] 53.500
  CSKA Moscow 45.000
  PSV Eindhoven [CP] 36.000
  Valencia 36.000
Pot 4
Team Notes Coeff.[5]
  Viktoria Plzeň 33.000
  Club Brugge 29.500
  Galatasaray 29.500
  Young Boys [CP] 20.500
  Inter Milan 16.000
  1899 Hoffenheim 14.285
  Red Star Belgrade [CP] 10.750
  AEK Athens [CP] 10.000
Notes
  1. TH Champions League title holders, automatically placed into Pot 1 as top seed.
  2. EL Europa League title holders, automatically placed into Pot 1 as second top seed.
  3. CP Winners of play-off round (Champions Path).
  4. LP Winners of play-off round (League Path).

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

GroupsEdit

The matchdays were 18–19 September, 2–3 October, 23–24 October, 6–7 November, 27–28 November, and 11–12 December 2018.[1] The scheduled kickoff times were 21:00 CET/CEST, with two matches on each Tuesday and Wednesday scheduled for 18:55 CET/CEST.[8]

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

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head goal difference: Borussia Dortmund +2, Atlético Madrid –2.
Club Brugge  0–1  Borussia Dortmund
Report
Monaco  1–2  Atlético Madrid
Report
Attendance: 10,575[9]

Atlético Madrid  3–1  Club Brugge
Report
Borussia Dortmund  3–0  Monaco
Report

Club Brugge  1–1  Monaco
Report
Borussia Dortmund  4–0  Atlético Madrid
Report

Monaco  0–4  Club Brugge
Report
Atlético Madrid  2–0  Borussia Dortmund
Report
Attendance: 61,023[12]

Atlético Madrid  2–0  Monaco
Report
Borussia Dortmund  0–0  Club Brugge
Report

Club Brugge  0–0  Atlético Madrid
Report
Attendance: 25,645[14]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
Monaco  0–2  Borussia Dortmund
Report
Attendance: 8,731[14]

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head away goals: Tottenham Hotspur 1, Inter Milan 0.
Barcelona  4–0  PSV Eindhoven
Report
Inter Milan  2–1  Tottenham Hotspur
Report
Attendance: 64,123[9]

Tottenham Hotspur  2–4  Barcelona
Report
PSV Eindhoven  1–2  Inter Milan
Report

PSV Eindhoven  2–2  Tottenham Hotspur
Report
Barcelona  2–0  Inter Milan
Report
Attendance: 86,290[11]

Tottenham Hotspur  2–1  PSV Eindhoven
Report
Inter Milan  1–1  Barcelona
Report
Attendance: 70,915[12]

PSV Eindhoven  1–2  Barcelona
Report
Tottenham Hotspur  1–0  Inter Milan
Report

Barcelona  1–1  Tottenham Hotspur
Report
Attendance: 69,961[14]
Inter Milan  1–1  PSV Eindhoven
Report
Attendance: 62,533[14]

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Goals in all group matches: Liverpool 9, Napoli 7.
Liverpool  3–2  Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Attendance: 52,478[9]
Red Star Belgrade  0–0  Napoli
Report

Paris Saint-Germain  6–1  Red Star Belgrade
Report
Napoli  1–0  Liverpool
Report
Attendance: 37,057[10]

Paris Saint-Germain  2–2  Napoli
Report
Attendance: 46,274[11]
Liverpool  4–0  Red Star Belgrade
Report
Attendance: 53,024[11]

Red Star Belgrade  2–0  Liverpool
Report
Napoli  1–1  Paris Saint-Germain
Report

Paris Saint-Germain  2–1  Liverpool
Report
Attendance: 46,880[13]
Napoli  3–1  Red Star Belgrade
Report

Liverpool  1–0  Napoli
Report
Attendance: 52,015[14]
Red Star Belgrade  1–4  Paris Saint-Germain
Report

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Galatasaray  3–0  Lokomotiv Moscow
Report
Schalke 04  1–1  Porto
Report

Lokomotiv Moscow  0–1  Schalke 04
Report
Attendance: 21,471[10]
Porto  1–0  Galatasaray
Report

Lokomotiv Moscow  1–3  Porto
Report
Attendance: 16,034[11]
Galatasaray  0–0  Schalke 04
Report

Porto  4–1  Lokomotiv Moscow
Report
Attendance: 34,616[12]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
Schalke 04  2–0  Galatasaray
Report

Lokomotiv Moscow  2–0  Galatasaray
Report
Attendance: 14,037[13]
Porto  3–1  Schalke 04
Report

Galatasaray  2–3  Porto
Report
Schalke 04  1–0  Lokomotiv Moscow
Schöpf   90+1' Report

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Ajax  3–0  AEK Athens
Report
Benfica  0–2  Bayern Munich
Report

Bayern Munich  1–1  Ajax
Report
AEK Athens  2–3  Benfica
Report
Attendance: 31,154[17]

AEK Athens  0–2  Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 61,221[18]
Ajax  1–0  Benfica
Report

Bayern Munich  2–0  AEK Athens
Report
Attendance: 70,000[19]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Benfica  1–1  Ajax
Report
Attendance: 51,328[19]

AEK Athens  0–2  Ajax
Report
Attendance: 25,756[20]
Bayern Munich  5–1  Benfica
Report
Attendance: 70,000[20]

Ajax  3–3  Bayern Munich
Report
Benfica  1–0  AEK Athens
Report
Attendance: 33,633[21]

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Shakhtar Donetsk  2–2  1899 Hoffenheim
Report
Manchester City  1–2  Lyon
Report

1899 Hoffenheim  1–2  Manchester City
Report
Lyon  2–2  Shakhtar Donetsk
Report

1899 Hoffenheim  3–3  Lyon
Report
Shakhtar Donetsk  0–3  Manchester City
Report

Lyon  2–2  1899 Hoffenheim
Report
Manchester City  6–0  Shakhtar Donetsk
Report

1899 Hoffenheim  2–3  Shakhtar Donetsk
Report
Lyon  2–2  Manchester City
Report

Shakhtar Donetsk  1–1  Lyon
Report
Manchester City  2–1  1899 Hoffenheim
Report

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Viktoria Plzeň 4, CSKA Moscow 1.
Real Madrid  3–0  Roma
Report
Viktoria Plzeň  2–2  CSKA Moscow
Report
Attendance: 11,312[16]

CSKA Moscow  1–0  Real Madrid
Report
Roma  5–0  Viktoria Plzeň
Report
Attendance: 41,243[17]

Roma  3–0  CSKA Moscow
Report
Real Madrid  2–1  Viktoria Plzeň
Report
Attendance: 67,356[18]

CSKA Moscow  1–2  Roma
Report
Viktoria Plzeň  0–5  Real Madrid
Report
Attendance: 11,483[19]

CSKA Moscow  1–2  Viktoria Plzeň
Report
Roma  0–2  Real Madrid
Report
Attendance: 59,124[20]

Real Madrid  0–3  CSKA Moscow
Report
Viktoria Plzeň  2–1  Roma
Report
Attendance: 11,217[21]

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
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Young Boys  0–3  Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 31,120[16]
Valencia  0–2  Juventus
Report
Attendance: 46,067[16]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Juventus  3–0  Young Boys
Report
Attendance: 40,961[17]
Manchester United  0–0  Valencia
Report

Young Boys  1–1  Valencia
Report
Attendance: 31,120[18]
Manchester United  0–1  Juventus
Report
Attendance: 73,946[18]

Valencia  3–1  Young Boys
Report
Attendance: 36,480[19]
Juventus  1–2  Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 41,470[19]

Manchester United  1–0  Young Boys
Report
Attendance: 72,876[20]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Juventus  1–0  Valencia
Report
Attendance: 39,070[20]

Young Boys  2–1  Juventus
Report
Attendance: 30,114[21]
Valencia  2–1  Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 36,544[21]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for dates up to 27 October 2018 (matchdays 1–3), and CET (UTC+1) for dates thereafter (matchdays 4–6).
  2. ^ a b c Tottenham Hotspur played their home matches at Wembley Stadium, London, instead of their home Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, due to delays with the construction of their new stadium.[15]
  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.
  4. ^ The match between Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk was played behind closed doors as punishment by UEFA for crowd disorder at Lyon matches during the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League.[22]
  5. ^ Shakhtar Donetsk played their final group stage home match at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev, instead of their temporary stadium Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv,[note 3] due to martial law being declared in parts of Ukraine.
  6. ^ a b c CSKA Moscow played their home matches at the Luzhniki Stadium instead of their regular stadium VEB Arena, Moscow.[23]
  7. ^ The Manchester United v Valencia match, originally scheduled for 21:00 CEST, was delayed to 21:05 CEST due to late team arrival caused by heavy traffic.[24]

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