2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage

The 2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage began on 22 October 2020 and ended on 10 December 2020. A total of 48 teams competed in the group stage to decide 24 of the 32 places in the knockout phase of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League.[1][2]

2020–21 UEFA Europa League group stage

Antwerp, Granada, Leicester City, Omonia and Sivasspor made their debut appearances in the group stage.

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 2 October 2020, 13:00 CEST, at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.[3]

In the case of associations with two or more representatives, clubs could be paired so that they played with different kick-off times (18.55 CET and 21:00 CET) for the benefit of TV audiences. If a paired club was drawn, for example, in groups A, B, C, D, E or F the other paired club – once drawn – would automatically be assigned to the first available group of G, H, I, J, K or L.
The following pairings were announced by UEFA after the group stage teams were confirmed:[4]

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 fixtures were decided after the draw, using a computer draw not shown to public, with the following match sequence (Regulations Article 15.02):[5]

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.

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates
Matchday 1 22 October 2020
Matchday 2 29 October 2020
Matchday 3 5 November 2020
Matchday 4 26 November 2020
Matchday 5 3 December 2020
Matchday 6 10 December 2020

There were scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g. Celtic & Rangers, Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspur, Sparta Prague & Slavia Prague) 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 2020 UEFA club coefficients),[6] 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.[6]
  Arsenal 91.000
  Tottenham Hotspur [EL-MP] 85.000
  Roma 80.000
  Napoli 77.000
  Benfica [CL-LQ] 70.000
  Bayer Leverkusen 61.000
  Villarreal 56.000
  CSKA Moscow 44.000
  Braga 41.000
  Gent [CL-LP] 39.500
  PSV Eindhoven [EL-MP] 37.000
  Celtic [EL-CP] 34.000
Pot 2
Team Notes Coeff.[6]
  Dinamo Zagreb [EL-CP] 33.500
  Sparta Prague 30.500
  Slavia Prague [CL-CP] 27.500
  Ludogorets Razgrad [EL-CP] 26.000
  Young Boys [EL-CP] 25.500
  Crvena Zvezda [EL-CP] 22.750
  Rapid Wien [CL-LQ] 22.000
  Leicester City 22.000
  PAOK [CL-LP] 21.000
  Qarabağ [EL-CP] 21.000
  Standard Liège [EL-MP] 20.500
  Real Sociedad 20.456
Pot 3
Team Notes Coeff.[6]
  Granada [EL-MP] 20.456
  Milan [EL-MP] 19.000
  AZ [CL-LQ] 18.500
  Feyenoord 17.000
  Maccabi Tel Aviv [CL-CP] 16.500
  AEK Athens [EL-MP] 16.500
  Rangers [EL-MP] 16.250
  Molde [CL-CP] 15.000
  1899 Hoffenheim 14.956
  Hapoel Be'er Sheva [EL-MP] 14.000
  LASK [EL-MP] 14.000
  CFR Cluj [EL-CP] 12.500
Pot 4
Team Notes Coeff.[6]
  Zorya Luhansk 12.500
  Nice 11.849
  Lille 11.849
  Rijeka [EL-MP] 11.000
  Dundalk [EL-CP] 8.500
  Slovan Liberec [EL-MP] 8.000
  Antwerp 7.580
  Lech Poznań [EL-MP] 7.000
  Sivasspor 6.720
  Wolfsberger AC 6.585
  Omonia [CL-CP] 5.350
  CSKA Sofia [EL-MP] 4.000
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):[5]

  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 were 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 group stage fixtures were confirmed on 2 October 2020.[7] The matchdays were 22 October, 29 October, 5 November, 26 November, 3 December, and 10 December 2020. The scheduled kickoff times were 18:55 and 21:00 CET/CEST.

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 ROM YB CLJ CSS
1   Roma 6 4 1 1 13 5 +8 13 Advance to knockout phase 3–1 5–0 0–0
2   Young Boys 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10 1–2 2–1 3–0
3   CFR Cluj 6 1 2 3 4 10 −6 5[a] 0–2 1–1 0–0
4   CSKA Sofia 6 1 2 3 3 7 −4 5[a] 3–1 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: CFR Cluj 4, CSKA Sofia 1.
Young Boys  1–2  Roma
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CSKA Sofia  0–2  CFR Cluj
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Roma  0–0  CSKA Sofia
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CFR Cluj  1–1  Young Boys
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Roma  5–0  CFR Cluj
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Young Boys  3–0  CSKA Sofia
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CSKA Sofia  0–1  Young Boys
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CFR Cluj  0–2  Roma
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Roma  3–1  Young Boys
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Attendance: 0[16][note 3]
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
CFR Cluj  0–0  CSKA Sofia
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Young Boys  2–1  CFR Cluj
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CSKA Sofia  3–1  Roma
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Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ARS MOL RW DUN
1   Arsenal 6 6 0 0 20 5 +15 18 Advance to knockout phase 4–1 4–1 3–0
2   Molde 6 3 1 2 9 11 −2 10 0–3 1–0 3–1
3   Rapid Wien 6 2 1 3 11 13 −2 7 1–2 2–2 4–3
4   Dundalk 6 0 0 6 8 19 −11 0 2–4 1–2 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Dundalk  1–2  Molde
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Rapid Wien  1–2  Arsenal
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Arsenal  3–0  Dundalk
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Molde  1–0  Rapid Wien
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Rapid Wien  4–3  Dundalk
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Arsenal  4–1  Molde
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Molde  0–3  Arsenal
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Dundalk  1–3  Rapid Wien
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Arsenal  4–1  Rapid Wien
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Attendance: 2,000[28]
Molde  3–1  Dundalk
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Attendance: 600[29]

Dundalk  2–4  Arsenal
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Rapid Wien  2–2  Molde
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Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEV SLP HBS NCE
1   Bayer Leverkusen 6 5 0 1 21 8 +13 15 Advance to knockout phase 4–0 4–1 6–2
2   Slavia Prague 6 4 0 2 11 10 +1 12 1–0 3–0 3–2
3   Hapoel Be'er Sheva 6 2 0 4 7 13 −6 6 2–4 3–1 1–0
4   Nice 6 1 0 5 8 16 −8 3 2–3 1–3 1–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Bayer Leverkusen  6–2  Nice
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Attendance: 0[32][note 3]
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
Hapoel Be'er Sheva  3–1  Slavia Prague
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Slavia Prague  1–0  Bayer Leverkusen
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Nice  1–0  Hapoel Be'er Sheva
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Slavia Prague  3–2  Nice
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Hapoel Be'er Sheva  2–4  Bayer Leverkusen
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Bayer Leverkusen  4–1  Hapoel Be'er Sheva
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Nice  1–3  Slavia Prague
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Slavia Prague  3–0  Hapoel Be'er Sheva
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Nice  2–3  Bayer Leverkusen
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Bayer Leverkusen  4–0  Slavia Prague
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Hapoel Be'er Sheva  1–0  Nice
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Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification RAN BEN STL LCH
1   Rangers 6 4 2 0 13 7 +6 14 Advance to knockout phase 2–2 3–2 1–0
2   Benfica 6 3 3 0 18 9 +9 12 3–3 3–0 4–0
3   Standard Liège 6 1 1 4 7 14 −7 4 0–2 2–2 2–1
4   Lech Poznań 6 1 0 5 6 14 −8 3 0–2 2–4 3–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Standard Liège  0–2  Rangers
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Lech Poznań  2–4  Benfica
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Benfica  3–0  Standard Liège
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Rangers  1–0  Lech Poznań
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Benfica  3–3  Rangers
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Lech Poznań  3–1  Standard Liège
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Standard Liège  2–1  Lech Poznań
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Rangers  2–2  Benfica
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Benfica  4–0  Lech Poznań
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Rangers  3–2  Standard Liège
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Standard Liège  2–2  Benfica
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Lech Poznań  0–2  Rangers
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Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification PSV GRA PAOK OMO
1   PSV Eindhoven 6 4 0 2 12 9 +3 12 Advance to knockout phase 1–2 3–2 4–0
2   Granada 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 11 0–1 0–0 2–1
3   PAOK 6 1 3 2 8 7 +1 6 4–1 0–0 1–1
4   Omonia 6 1 1 4 5 12 −7 4 1–2 0–2 2–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
PSV Eindhoven  1–2  Granada
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PAOK  1–1  Omonia
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Omonia  1–2  PSV Eindhoven
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Granada  0–0  PAOK
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PAOK  4–1  PSV Eindhoven
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Omonia  0–2  Granada
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PSV Eindhoven  3–2  PAOK
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Granada  2–1  Omonia
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Granada  0–1  PSV Eindhoven
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Omonia  2–1  PAOK
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PSV Eindhoven  4–0  Omonia
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PAOK  0–0  Granada
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Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NAP RSO AZ RJK
1   Napoli 6 3 2 1 7 4 +3 11 Advance to knockout phase 1–1 0–1 2–0
2   Real Sociedad 6 2 3 1 5 4 +1 9 0–1 1–0 2–2
3   AZ 6 2 2 2 7 5 +2 8 1–1 0–0 4–1
4   Rijeka 6 1 1 4 6 12 −6 4 1–2 0–1 2–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Napoli  0–1  AZ
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Rijeka  0–1  Real Sociedad
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Real Sociedad  0–1  Napoli
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AZ  4–1  Rijeka
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Real Sociedad  1–0  AZ
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Rijeka  1–2  Napoli
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Napoli  2–0  Rijeka
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AZ  0–0  Real Sociedad
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AZ  1–1  Napoli
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Real Sociedad  2–2  Rijeka
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Napoli  1–1  Real Sociedad
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Rijeka  2–1  AZ
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Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LEI BRA ZOR AEK
1   Leicester City 6 4 1 1 14 5 +9 13[a] Advance to knockout phase 4–0 3–0 2–0
2   Braga 6 4 1 1 14 10 +4 13[a] 3–3 2–0 3–0
3   Zorya Luhansk 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6 1–0 1–2 1–4
4   AEK Athens 6 1 0 5 7 15 −8 3 1–2 2–4 0–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Leicester City 4, Braga 1.
Braga  3–0  AEK Athens
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Attendance: 2,196[81]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Leicester City  3–0  Zorya Luhansk
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AEK Athens  1–2  Leicester City
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Zorya Luhansk  1–2  Braga
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Leicester City  4–0  Braga
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Zorya Luhansk  1–4  AEK Athens
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Braga  3–3  Leicester City
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AEK Athens  0–3  Zorya Luhansk
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AEK Athens  2–4  Braga
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Zorya Luhansk  1–0  Leicester City
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Braga  2–0  Zorya Luhansk
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Leicester City  2–0  AEK Athens
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Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MIL LOSC SPP CEL
1   Milan 6 4 1 1 12 7 +5 13 Advance to knockout phase 0–3 3–0 4–2
2   Lille 6 3 2 1 14 8 +6 11 1–1 2–1 2–2
3   Sparta Prague 6 2 0 4 10 12 −2 6 0–1 1–4 4–1
4   Celtic 6 1 1 4 10 19 −9 4 1–3 3–2 1–4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Celtic  1–3  Milan
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Attendance: 316[93]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Sparta Prague  1–4  Lille
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Milan  3–0  Sparta Prague
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Lille  2–2  Celtic
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Celtic  1–4  Sparta Prague
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Milan  0–3  Lille
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Sparta Prague  4–1  Celtic
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Lille  1–1  Milan
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Milan  4–2  Celtic
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Lille  2–1  Sparta Prague
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Celtic  3–2  Lille
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Sparta Prague  0–1  Milan
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Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification VIL MTA SIV QRB
1   Villarreal 6 5 1 0 17 5 +12 16 Advance to knockout phase 4–0 5–3 Canc.[a]
2   Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 3 2 1 6 7 −1 11 1–1 1–0 1–0
3   Sivasspor 6 2 0 4 9 11 −2 6 0–1 1–2 2–0
4   Qarabağ 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1 1–3 1–1 2–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The Villarreal v Qarabağ match was awarded as a walkover to Villarreal after being cancelled as several players of the Qarabağ squad tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2.
Villarreal  5–3  Sivasspor
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Maccabi Tel Aviv  1–0  Qarabağ
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Qarabağ  1–3  Villarreal
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Sivasspor  1–2  Maccabi Tel Aviv
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Sivasspor  2–0  Qarabağ
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Villarreal  4–0  Maccabi Tel Aviv
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Maccabi Tel Aviv  1–1  Villarreal
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Qarabağ  2–3  Sivasspor
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Qarabağ  1–1  Maccabi Tel Aviv
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Sivasspor  0–1  Villarreal
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Villarreal  Cancelled[note 9]  Qarabağ
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Maccabi Tel Aviv  1–0  Sivasspor
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Group JEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification TOT ANT LASK LUD
1   Tottenham Hotspur 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 13 Advance to knockout phase 2–0 3–0 4–0
2   Antwerp 6 4 0 2 8 5 +3 12 1–0 0–1 3–1
3   LASK 6 3 1 2 11 12 −1 10 3–3 0–2 4–3
4   Ludogorets Razgrad 6 0 0 6 7 19 −12 0 1–3 1–2 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Tottenham Hotspur  3–0  LASK
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Ludogorets Razgrad  1–2  Antwerp
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LASK  4–3  Ludogorets Razgrad
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Antwerp  1–0  Tottenham Hotspur
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Ludogorets Razgrad  1–3  Tottenham Hotspur
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Attendance: 0[122][note 3]
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)
Antwerp  0–1  LASK
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LASK  0–2  Antwerp
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Tottenham Hotspur  4–0  Ludogorets Razgrad
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LASK  3–3  Tottenham Hotspur
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Antwerp  3–1  Ludogorets Razgrad
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Tottenham Hotspur  2–0  Antwerp
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Ludogorets Razgrad  1–3  LASK
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Group KEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DZG WAC FEY CSM
1   Dinamo Zagreb 6 4 2 0 9 1 +8 14 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 0–0 3–1
2   Wolfsberger AC 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10 0–3 1–0 1–1
3   Feyenoord 6 1 2 3 4 8 −4 5 0–2 1–4 3–1
4   CSKA Moscow 6 0 3 3 3 8 −5 3 0–0 0–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Dinamo Zagreb  0–0  Feyenoord
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Wolfsberger AC  1–1  CSKA Moscow
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CSKA Moscow  0–0  Dinamo Zagreb
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Attendance: 6,411[132]
Feyenoord  1–4  Wolfsberger AC
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Dinamo Zagreb  1–0  Wolfsberger AC
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Feyenoord  3–1  CSKA Moscow
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CSKA Moscow  0–0  Feyenoord
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Attendance: 5,407[136]
Wolfsberger AC  0–3  Dinamo Zagreb
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CSKA Moscow  0–1  Wolfsberger AC
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