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2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage

The 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage began on 20 September and ended on 13 December 2018.[1] A total of 48 teams competed in the group stage to decide 24 of the 32 places in the knockout phase of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.[2]

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 31 August 2018, 13:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[3]

The 48 teams were drawn into twelve 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 their 2018 UEFA club coefficients.[4]

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.[5]

Moreover, the draw was controlled for teams from the same association in order to split the teams evenly into the two sets of six groups (A–F, G–L) for maximum television coverage. On each matchday, one set of six groups played their matches at 18:55 CET/CEST, while the other set of six groups played their matches at 21:00 CET/CEST, 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][6]

  • Spain: Real Betis and Sevilla
  • Germany: Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig
  • England: Chelsea and Arsenal
  • Italy: Lazio and Milan
  • France: Marseille and Bordeaux
  • Russia: Spartak Moscow and Zenit Saint Petersburg
  • Ukraine: Dynamo Kyiv and Vorskla Poltava
  • Belgium: Standard Liège and Anderlecht
  • Turkey: Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş
  • Czech Republic: Slavia Prague and Jablonec
  • Greece: PAOK and Olympiacos
  • Austria: Red Bull Salzburg and Rapid Wien
  • Scotland: Celtic and Rangers
  • Cyprus: AEK Larnaca and Apollon Limassol
  • Norway: Rosenborg and Sarpsborg 08

The fixtures were decided after the draw, using a computer draw not shown to public, with the following match sequence (Regulations Article 15.02):[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 Date Matches
Matchday 1 20 September 2018 2 v 3, 4 v 1
Matchday 2 4 October 2018 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 3 25 October 2018 3 v 1, 2 v 4
Matchday 4 8 November 2018 1 v 3, 4 v 2
Matchday 5 29 November 2018 3 v 2, 1 v 4
Matchday 6 13 December 2018 2 v 1, 4 v 3

There were scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g., Arsenal and Chelsea) in general were not scheduled to play at home on the same matchday (to avoid them playing at home on the same day, 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 were the participating teams (with their 2018 UEFA club coefficients),[4] grouped by their seeding pot. They included:

Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to round of 32
Pot 1
Team Notes Coeff.[4]
  Sevilla [EL-MP] 113.000
  Arsenal 93.000
  Chelsea 82.000
  Zenit Saint Petersburg [EL-MP] 78.000
  Bayer Leverkusen 66.000
  Dynamo Kyiv [CL-LP] 62.000
  Beşiktaş [EL-MP] 57.000
  Red Bull Salzburg [CL-CP] 55.500
  Olympiacos [EL-MP] 54.000
  Villarreal 52.000
  Anderlecht 48.000
  Lazio 41.000
Pot 2
Team Notes Coeff.[4]
  Sporting CP 40.000
  Ludogorets Razgrad [EL-CP] 37.000
  Copenhagen [EL-MP] 34.000
  Marseille 32.000
  Celtic [EL-CP] 31.000
  PAOK [CL-LP] 29.500
  Milan 28.000
  Genk [EL-MP] 27.000
  Fenerbahçe [CL-LQ] 23.500
  Krasnodar 23.500
  Astana [EL-CP] 21.750
  Rapid Wien [EL-MP] 21.500
Pot 3
Team Notes Coeff.[4]
  Real Betis 21.399
  Qarabağ [EL-CP] 20.500
  BATE Borisov [CL-CP] 20.500
  Dinamo Zagreb [CL-CP] 17.500
  RB Leipzig [EL-MP] 17.000
  Eintracht Frankfurt 14.285
  Malmö FF [EL-CP] 14.000
  Spartak Moscow [CL-LQ] 13.500
  Standard Liège [CL-LQ] 12.500
  Zürich 12.000
  Bordeaux [EL-MP] 11.283
  Rennes 11.283
Pot 4
Team Notes Coeff.[4]
  Apollon Limassol [EL-MP] 10.000
  Rosenborg [EL-CP] 9.000
  Vorskla Poltava 8.226
  Slavia Prague [CL-LQ] 7.500
  Akhisarspor 7.160
  Jablonec 6.035
  AEK Larnaca [EL-MP] 4.310
  Vidi [CL-CP] 4.250
  Rangers [EL-MP] 3.725
  F91 Dudelange [EL-CP] 3.500
  Spartak Trnava [EL-CP] 3.500
  Sarpsborg 08 [EL-MP] 3.485
Notes
  1. EL-CP Winners of play-off round (Champions Path).
  2. EL-MP Winners of play-off round (Main Path).
  3. CL-CP Losers of Champions League play-off round (Champions Path).
  4. CL-LP Losers of Champions League play-off round (League Path).
  5. CL-LQ Losers of Champions League third qualifying 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 32, where they were joined by the eight third-placed teams of the Champions League group stage.

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 16.01):[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 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;
  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 20 September, 4 October, 25 October, 8 November, 29 November, and 13 December 2018. The scheduled kickoff times were 18:55 and 21:00 CET/CEST, except for a few matches whose kickoff times were 16:50 CET/CEST.[7]

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 LEV ZUR AKL LUD
1   Bayer Leverkusen 6 4 1 1 16 9 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 4–2 1–1
2   Zürich 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 3–2 1–2 1–0
3   AEK Larnaca 6 1 2 3 6 12 −6 5 1–5 0–1 1–1
4   Ludogorets Razgrad 6 0 4 2 5 7 −2 4 2–3 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
AEK Larnaca  0–1  Zürich
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Ludogorets Razgrad  2–3  Bayer Leverkusen
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Attendance: 8,240[9]

Bayer Leverkusen  4–2  AEK Larnaca
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Attendance: 23,354[10]
Zürich  1–0  Ludogorets Razgrad
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Zürich  3–2  Bayer Leverkusen
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Attendance: 12,427[12]
AEK Larnaca  1–1  Ludogorets Razgrad
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Bayer Leverkusen  1–0  Zürich
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Attendance: 16,179[14]
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
Ludogorets Razgrad  0–0  AEK Larnaca
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Zürich  1–2  AEK Larnaca
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Attendance: 6,107[16]
Bayer Leverkusen  1–1  Ludogorets Razgrad
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Attendance: 16,066[17]

AEK Larnaca  1–5  Bayer Leverkusen
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Ludogorets Razgrad  1–1  Zürich
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Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAL CEL RBL ROS
1   Red Bull Salzburg 6 6 0 0 17 6 +11 18 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 3–0
2   Celtic 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9 1–2 2–1 1–0
3   RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 9 8 +1 7 2–3 2–0 1–1
4   Rosenborg 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–5 0–1 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
RB Leipzig  2–3  Red Bull Salzburg
Report
Attendance: 24,057[20]
Celtic  1–0  Rosenborg
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Attendance: 47,287[21]
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

Rosenborg  1–3  RB Leipzig
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Attendance: 11,484[22]
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)
Red Bull Salzburg  3–1  Celtic
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Attendance: 24,085[23]

Red Bull Salzburg  3–0  Rosenborg
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RB Leipzig  2–0  Celtic
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Rosenborg  2–5  Red Bull Salzburg
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Celtic  2–1  RB Leipzig
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Red Bull Salzburg  1–0  RB Leipzig
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Attendance: 29,520[28]
Rosenborg  0–1  Celtic
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RB Leipzig  1–1  Rosenborg
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Attendance: 16,957[30]
Celtic  1–2  Red Bull Salzburg
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Attendance: 57,578[31]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ZEN SLP BOR KOB
1   Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 3 2 1 6 5 +1 11 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 2–1 1–0
2   Slavia Prague 6 3 1 2 4 3 +1 10 2–0 1–0 0–0
3   Bordeaux 6 2 1 3 6 6 0 7 1–1 2–0 1–2
4   Copenhagen 6 1 2 3 3 5 −2 5 1–1 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Copenhagen  1–1  Zenit Saint Petersburg
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Slavia Prague  1–0  Bordeaux
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Attendance: 16,548[33]

Bordeaux  1–2  Copenhagen
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Zenit Saint Petersburg  1–0  Slavia Prague
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Zenit Saint Petersburg  2–1  Bordeaux
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Copenhagen  0–1  Slavia Prague
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Attendance: 20,672[37]
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)

Bordeaux  1–1  Zenit Saint Petersburg
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Slavia Prague  0–0  Copenhagen
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Attendance: 18,702[39]

Zenit Saint Petersburg  1–0  Copenhagen
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Bordeaux  2–0  Slavia Prague
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Copenhagen  0–1  Bordeaux
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Slavia Prague  2–0  Zenit Saint Petersburg
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Attendance: 17,748[43]

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DZG FEN SPT AND
1   Dinamo Zagreb 6 4 2 0 11 3 +8 14 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 3–1 0–0
2   Fenerbahçe 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–0 2–0 2–0
3   Spartak Trnava 6 2 1 3 4 7 −3 7 1–2 1–0 1–0
4   Anderlecht 6 0 3 3 2 7 −5 3 0–2 2–2 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Spartak Trnava  1–0  Anderlecht
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Dinamo Zagreb  4–1  Fenerbahçe
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Attendance: 17,303[45]

Fenerbahçe  2–0  Spartak Trnava
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Anderlecht  0–2  Dinamo Zagreb
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Anderlecht  2–2  Fenerbahçe
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Spartak Trnava  1–2  Dinamo Zagreb
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Fenerbahçe  2–0  Anderlecht
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Dinamo Zagreb  3–1  Spartak Trnava
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Attendance: 18,154[52]

Anderlecht  0–0  Spartak Trnava
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Fenerbahçe  0–0  Dinamo Zagreb
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Spartak Trnava  1–0  Fenerbahçe
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Dinamo Zagreb  0–0  Anderlecht
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Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS SPO VOR QRB
1   Arsenal 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 16 Advance to knockout phase 0–0 4–2 1–0
2   Sporting CP 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 13 0–1 3–0 2–0
3   Vorskla Poltava 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3[a] 0–3 1–2 0–1
4   Qarabağ 6 1 0 5 2 13 −11 3[a] 0–3 1–6 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Goal difference in all group matches: Vorskla Poltava –9, Qarabağ –11.
Sporting CP  2–0  Qarabağ
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Arsenal  4–2  Vorskla Poltava
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Attendance: 59,039[58]

Vorskla Poltava  1–2  Sporting CP
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Qarabağ  0–3  Arsenal
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Attendance: 63,412[60]
Referee: Davide Massa (Italy)

Qarabağ  0–1  Vorskla Poltava
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Sporting CP  0–1  Arsenal
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Vorskla Poltava  0–1  Qarabağ
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Arsenal  0–0  Sporting CP
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Qarabağ  1–6  Sporting CP
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Vorskla Poltava  0–3  Arsenal
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Sporting CP  3–0  Vorskla Poltava
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Arsenal  1–0  Qarabağ
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Attendance: 58,101[69]
Referee: Jens Maae (Denmark)

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BET OLY MIL DUD
1   Real Betis 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 1–1 3–0
2   Olympiacos 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 10[a] 0–0 3–1 5–1
3   Milan 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10[a] 1–2 3–1 5–2
4   F91 Dudelange 6 0 1 5 3 16 −13 1 0–0 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Goal difference in all group matches: Olympiacos +5, Milan +3.
F91 Dudelange  0–1  Milan
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Olympiacos  0–0  Real Betis
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Real Betis  3–0  F91 Dudelange
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Milan  3–1  Olympiacos
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Attendance: 22,294[73]

Milan  1–2  Real Betis
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Attendance: 22,405[74]
F91 Dudelange  0–2  Olympiacos
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Real Betis  1–1  Milan
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Attendance: 45,647[76]
Olympiacos  5–1  F91 Dudelange
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Milan  5–2  F91 Dudelange
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Attendance: 15,521[78]
Real Betis  1–0  Olympiacos
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F91 Dudelange  0–0  Real Betis
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Olympiacos  3–1  Milan
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Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIL RW RAN SPM
1   Villarreal 6 2 4 0 12 5 +7 10[a] Advance to knockout phase 5–0 2–2 2–0
2   Rapid Wien 6 3 1 2 6 9 −3 10[a] 0–0 1–0 2–0
3   Rangers 6 1 3 2 8 8 0 6 0–0 3–1 0–0
4   Spartak Moscow 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5 3–3 1–2 4–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Villarreal 4, Rapid Wien 1.
Villarreal  2–2  Rangers
Report
Rapid Wien  2–0  Spartak Moscow
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Attendance: 21,400[83]

Spartak Moscow  3–3  Villarreal
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Attendance: 21,264[84]
Rangers  3–1  Rapid Wien
Report
Attendance: 47,534[85]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Rangers  0–0  Spartak Moscow
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Attendance: 49,068[86]
Villarreal  5–0  Rapid Wien
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Spartak Moscow  4–3  Rangers
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Attendance: 22,296[88]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Rapid Wien  0–0  Villarreal
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Attendance: 22,100[89]

Spartak Moscow  1–2  Rapid Wien
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Attendance: 20,739[90]
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
Rangers  0–0  Villarreal
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Attendance: 50,171[91]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Villarreal  2–0  Spartak Moscow
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Rapid Wien  1–0  Rangers
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Attendance: 23,850[93]

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification FRA LAZ APL MAR
1   Eintracht Frankfurt 6 6 0 0 17 5 +12 18 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 2–0 4–0
2   Lazio 6 3 0 3 9 11 −2 9 1–2 2–1 2–1
3   Apollon Limassol 6 2 1 3 10 10 0 7 2–3 2–0 2–2
4   Marseille 6 0 1 5 6 16 −10 1 1–2 1–3 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Marseille  1–2  Eintracht Frankfurt
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Lazio  2–1  Apollon Limassol
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Attendance: 11,898[96]

Apollon Limassol  2–2  Marseille
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Eintracht Frankfurt  4–1  Lazio
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Eintracht Frankfurt  2–0  Apollon Limassol
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Attendance: 47,000[99]
Marseille  1–3  Lazio
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Apollon Limassol  2–3  Eintracht Frankfurt
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Lazio  2–1  Marseille
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Eintracht Frankfurt  4–0  Marseille
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Attendance: 47,000[103]
Apollon Limassol  2–0  Lazio
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Marseille  1–3  Apollon Limassol
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Lazio  1–2  Eintracht Frankfurt
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Attendance: 18,252[106]

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification GNK MAL BES SRP
1   Genk 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 1–1 4–0
2   Malmö FF 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 2–2 2–0 1–1
3   Beşiktaş 6 2 1 3 9 11 −2 7 2–4 0–1 3–1
4   Sarpsborg 08 6 1 2 3 8 13 −5 5 3–1 1–1 2–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Beşiktaş  3–1  Sarpsborg 08
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Attendance: 24,955[107]
Genk  2–0  Malmö FF
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Attendance: 11,590[108]

Malmö FF  2–0  Beşiktaş
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Attendance: 17,174[109]
Sarpsborg 08  3–1  Genk
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Sarpsborg 08  1–1  Malmö FF
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Beşiktaş  2–4  Genk
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Malmö FF  1–1  Sarpsborg 08
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Attendance: 17,601[113]
Genk  1–1  Beşiktaş
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Attendance: 14,292[114]

Sarpsborg 08  2–3  Beşiktaş
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Malmö FF  2–2  Genk
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Attendance: 16,117[116]

Beşiktaş  0–1  Malmö FF
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Attendance: 24,955[117]
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)
Genk  4–0  Sarpsborg 08
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Attendance: 12,240[118]

Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SEV KRA STL AKH
1   Sevilla 6 4 0 2 18 6 +12 12[a] Advance to knockout phase 3–0 5–1 6–0
2   Krasnodar 6 4 0 2 8 8 0 12[a] 2–1 2–1 2–1
3   Standard Liège 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 10 1–0 2–1 2–1
4   Akhisarspor 6 0 1 5 4 14 −10 1 2–3 0–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head goal difference: Sevilla +2, Krasnodar –2.
Sevilla  5–1  Standard Liège
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Akhisarspor  0–1  Krasnodar
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Krasnodar  2–1  Sevilla
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Standard Liège  2–1  Akhisarspor
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Standard Liège  2–1  Krasnodar
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Sevilla  6–0  Akhisarspor
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Krasnodar  2–1  Standard Liège
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Akhisarspor  2–3  Sevilla
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Krasnodar  2–1  Akhisarspor
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Standard Liège  1–0  Sevilla
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Sevilla  3–0  Krasnodar
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Akhisarspor  0–0  Standard Liège
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Group KEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DKV REN AST JAB
1   Dynamo Kyiv 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3 11 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 2–2 0–1
2   Rennes 6 3 0 3 7 8 −1 9 1–2 2–0 2–1
3   Astana 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 0–1 2–0 2–1
4   Jablonec 6 1 2 3 6 8 −2 5 2–2 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Rennes  2–1  Jablonec
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Attendance: 20,628[131]
Dynamo Kyiv  2–2  Astana
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Astana  2–0  Rennes
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Attendance: 25,302[133]
Jablonec  2–2  Dynamo Kyiv
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Jablonec  1–1  Astana
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Rennes  1–2  Dynamo Kyiv
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Attendance: 28,001[136]

Astana  2–1  Jablonec
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Attendance: 20,092[137]
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
Dynamo Kyiv  3–1  Rennes
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Astana  0–1  Dynamo Kyiv
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Attendance: 26,508[139]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Jablonec  0–1  Rennes
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Rennes  2–0  Astana
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Dynamo Kyiv  0–1  Jablonec
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Group LEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CHL BATE VID PAOK
1   Chelsea 6 5 1 0 12 3 +9 16 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 1–0 4–0
2   BATE Borisov 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9 0–1 2–0 1–4
3   Vidi 6 2 1 3 5 7 −2 7 2–2 0–2 1–0
4   PAOK 6 1 0 5 5 12 −7 3 0–1 1–3 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
PAOK  0–1  Chelsea
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Vidi  0–2  BATE Borisov
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BATE Borisov  1–4  PAOK
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Chelsea  1–0  Vidi
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Chelsea  3–1  BATE Borisov
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Attendance: 39,799[148]
PAOK  0–2  Vidi
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BATE Borisov  0–1  Chelsea
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Vidi  1–0  PAOK
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BATE Borisov  2–0  Vidi