2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage

The 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage began on 14 September 2021 and will end on 8 December 2021.[1] A total of 32 teams compete in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout phase of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League.[2]

2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage

Sheriff Tiraspol made their debut appearance in the group stage. They are the first team from Moldova to play in the Champions League group stage.

DrawEdit

The draw for the group stage was held on 26 August 2021, 18:00 CEST (19:00 TRT), in Istanbul, Turkey.[3][4] The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots, each of eight teams, based on the following principles:

  • Pot 1 contained the Champions League and Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2020 UEFA country coefficients.[5]
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2021 UEFA club coefficients.[6]

Teams from the same association, and due to political reasons, teams from Ukraine and Russia, could not be drawn into the same group. Prior to the draw, UEFA formed pairings of teams from the same association (one pairing for associations with two or three teams, two pairings for associations with four or five teams) based on television audiences, where one team was drawn into Groups A–D and another team was drawn into Groups E–H, so that the two teams would play on different days. The following pairings were announced by UEFA after the group stage teams were confirmed:[7]

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. Each team would not play more than two home matches or two away matches in a row, and would play one home match and one away match on the first and last matchdays (Regulations Article 16.02).[2] This arrangement was different from previous seasons, where the same two teams would play at home on the first and last matchdays.

TeamsEdit

Below are the participating teams (with their 2021 UEFA club coefficients),[6] grouped by their seeding pot.[7] They include:

Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to round of 16
Third-placed teams enter Europa League preliminary knockout round
Pot 1 (by association rank)
Assoc. Team Coeff.
TH   Chelsea 98.000
EL   Villarreal 63.000
1   Atlético Madrid 115.000
2   Manchester City 125.000
3   Bayern Munich 134.000
4   Inter Milan 53.000
5   Lille 14.000
6   Sporting CP 45.500
Pot 2
Team Coeff.
  Real Madrid 127.000
  Barcelona 122.000
  Juventus 120.000
  Manchester United 113.000
  Paris Saint-Germain 113.000
  Liverpool 101.000
  Sevilla 98.000
  Borussia Dortmund 90.000
Pot 3
Team Notes Coeff.
  Porto 87.000
  Ajax 82.500
  Shakhtar Donetsk [LP] 79.000
  RB Leipzig 66.000
  Red Bull Salzburg [CP] 59.000
  Benfica [LP] 58.000
  Atalanta 50.500
  Zenit Saint Petersburg 50.000
Pot 4
Team Notes Coeff.
  Beşiktaş 49.000
  Dynamo Kyiv 47.000
  Club Brugge 35.500
  Young Boys [CP] 35.000
  Milan 31.000
  Malmö FF [CP] 18.500
  VfL Wolfsburg 14.714
  Sheriff Tiraspol [CP] 14.500

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 will play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The top two teams of each group will advance to the round of 16. The third-placed teams will be transferred to the Europa League knockout round play-offs, while the fourth-placed teams will be eliminated from European competitions for the season.

TiebreakersEdit

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (see Article 17 Equality of points – group stage, Regulations of the UEFA Champions League):[2]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among the tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among the tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among the 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 (direct red card = 3 points; double yellow card = 3 points; single yellow card = 1 point);
  11. UEFA club coefficient.

Due to the abolition of the away goals rule, head-to-head away goals are no longer applied as a tiebreaker starting from this season. However, total away goals are still applied as a tiebreaker.[8]

GroupsEdit

The fixtures were announced on 27 August 2021, the day after the draw.[9] The matches will be played on 14–15 September, 28–29 September, 19–20 October, 2–3 November, 23–24 November, and 7–8 December 2021. The scheduled kick-off times will be 18:45 (two matches on each day) and 21:00 (remaining six matches) 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 PAR BRU MCI RBL
1   Paris Saint-Germain 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4 Advance to round of 16 7 Dec 2–0 19 Oct
2   Club Brugge 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 1–1 19 Oct 24 Nov
3   Manchester City 2 1 0 1 6 5 +1 3 Transfer to Europa League 24 Nov 3 Nov 6–3
4   RB Leipzig 2 0 0 2 4 8 −4 0 3 Nov 1–2 7 Dec
Updated to match(es) played on 28 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Manchester City  6–3  RB Leipzig
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Club Brugge  1–1  Paris Saint-Germain
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RB Leipzig  1–2  Club Brugge
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Attendance: 23,500[11]
Paris Saint-Germain  2–0  Manchester City
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Club Brugge  v  Manchester City
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Paris Saint-Germain  v  RB Leipzig
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RB Leipzig  v  Paris Saint-Germain
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Manchester City  v  Club Brugge
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Club Brugge  v  RB Leipzig
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RB Leipzig  v  Manchester City
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Paris Saint-Germain  v  Club Brugge
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Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LIV ATM POR MIL
1   Liverpool 2 2 0 0 8 3 +5 6 Advance to round of 16 3 Nov 24 Nov 3–2
2   Atlético Madrid 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 19 Oct 0–0 24 Nov
3   Porto 2 0 1 1 1 5 −4 1 Transfer to Europa League 1–5 7 Dec 19 Oct
4   Milan 2 0 0 2 3 5 −2 0 7 Dec 1–2 3 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 28 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Liverpool  3–2  Milan
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Attendance: 51,445[10]
Atlético Madrid  0–0  Porto
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Milan  1–2  Atlético Madrid
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Attendance: 35,374[11]
Porto  1–5  Liverpool
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Attendance: 23,520[11]

Atlético Madrid  v  Liverpool
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Porto  v  Milan
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Milan  v  Porto
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Liverpool  v  Atlético Madrid
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Liverpool  v  Porto
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Atlético Madrid  v  Milan
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Porto  v  Atlético Madrid
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Milan  v  Liverpool
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Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AJX DOR BES SPO
1   Ajax 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 6 Advance to round of 16 19 Oct 2–0 7 Dec
2   Borussia Dortmund 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2 6 3 Nov 7 Dec 1–0
3   Beşiktaş 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 Transfer to Europa League 24 Nov 1–2 19 Oct
4   Sporting CP 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0 1–5 24 Nov 3 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 28 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Beşiktaş  1–2  Borussia Dortmund
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Sporting CP  1–5  Ajax
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Ajax  2–0  Beşiktaş
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Borussia Dortmund  1–0  Sporting CP
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Beşiktaş  v  Sporting CP
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Ajax  v  Borussia Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund  v  Ajax
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Sporting CP  v  Beşiktaş
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Beşiktaş  v  Ajax
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Sporting CP  v  Borussia Dortmund
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Ajax  v  Sporting CP
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Borussia Dortmund  v  Beşiktaş
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Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SHE RMA INT SHK
1   Sheriff Tiraspol 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 Advance to round of 16 24 Nov 3 Nov 2–0
2   Real Madrid 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 1–2 7 Dec 3 Nov
3   Inter Milan 2 0 1 1 0 1 −1 1 Transfer to Europa League 19 Oct 0–1 24 Nov
4   Shakhtar Donetsk 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1 7 Dec 19 Oct 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 28 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Sheriff Tiraspol  2–0  Shakhtar Donetsk
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Inter Milan  0–1  Real Madrid
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Attendance: 37,082[10]

Shakhtar Donetsk  0–0  Inter Milan
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Real Madrid  1–2  Sheriff Tiraspol
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Shakhtar Donetsk  v  Real Madrid
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Inter Milan  v  Sheriff Tiraspol
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Real Madrid  v  Shakhtar Donetsk
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Sheriff Tiraspol  v  Inter Milan
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Inter Milan  v  Shakhtar Donetsk
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Sheriff Tiraspol  v  Real Madrid
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Shakhtar Donetsk  v  Sheriff Tiraspol
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Real Madrid  v  Inter Milan
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Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAY BEN DKV BAR
1   Bayern Munich 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 6 Advance to round of 16 2 Nov 5–0 8 Dec
2   Benfica 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 20 Oct 8 Dec 3–0
3   Dynamo Kyiv 2 0 1 1 0 5 −5 1 Transfer to Europa League 23 Nov 0–0 2 Nov
4   Barcelona 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0 0–3 23 Nov 20 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 29 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Barcelona  0–3  Bayern Munich
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Attendance: 39,737[12]
Dynamo Kyiv  0–0  Benfica
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Attendance: 21,657[12]

Benfica  3–0  Barcelona
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Attendance: 29,454[13]
Bayern Munich  5–0  Dynamo Kyiv
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Attendance: 25,000[13]
Referee: Marco Guida (Italy)

Barcelona  v  Dynamo Kyiv
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Benfica  v  Bayern Munich
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Bayern Munich  v  Benfica
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Dynamo Kyiv  v  Barcelona
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Dynamo Kyiv  v  Bayern Munich
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Barcelona  v  Benfica
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Bayern Munich  v  Barcelona
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Benfica  v  Dynamo Kyiv
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Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification ATA YB MUN VIL
1   Atalanta 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to round of 16 1–0 2 Nov 8 Dec
2   Young Boys 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3[a] 23 Nov 2–1 20 Oct
3   Manchester United 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3[a] Transfer to Europa League 20 Oct 8 Dec 2–1
4   Villarreal 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1 2–2 2 Nov 23 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 29 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Young Boys 3, Manchester United 0.
Young Boys  2–1  Manchester United
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Attendance: 31,120[12]
Villarreal  2–2  Atalanta
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Atalanta  1–0  Young Boys
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Manchester United  2–1  Villarreal
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Attendance: 73,130[13]

Manchester United  v  Atalanta
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Young Boys  v  Villarreal
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Villarreal  v  Young Boys
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Young Boys  v  Atalanta
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Atalanta  v  Villarreal
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Manchester United  v  Young Boys
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Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification SAL SEV WOL LOSC
1   Red Bull Salzburg 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to round of 16 8 Dec 20 Oct 2–1
2   Sevilla 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 1–1 23 Nov 2 Nov
3   VfL Wolfsburg 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 Transfer to Europa League 2 Nov 1–1 8 Dec
4   Lille 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 1 23 Nov 20 Oct 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 29 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Sevilla  1–1  Red Bull Salzburg
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Lille  0–0  VfL Wolfsburg
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Red Bull Salzburg  2–1  Lille
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VfL Wolfsburg  1–1  Sevilla
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Lille  v  Sevilla
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Sevilla  v  Lille
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VfL Wolfsburg  v  Red Bull Salzburg
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Sevilla  v  VfL Wolfsburg
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VfL Wolfsburg  v  Lille
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Red Bull Salzburg  v  Sevilla
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Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JUV CHE ZEN MAL
1   Juventus 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6 Advance to round of 16 1–0 2 Nov 8 Dec
2   Chelsea 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3[a] 23 Nov 1–0 20 Oct
3   Zenit Saint Petersburg 2 1 0 1 4 1 +3 3[a] Transfer to Europa League 20 Oct 8 Dec 4–0
4   Malmö FF 2 0 0 2 0 7 −7 0 0–3 2 Nov 23 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 29 September 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Chelsea 3, Zenit Saint Petersburg 0.
Chelsea  1–0  Zenit Saint Petersburg
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Malmö FF  0–3  Juventus
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Attendance: 5,832[12]

Zenit Saint Petersburg  4–0  Malmö FF
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Juventus  1–0  Chelsea
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Attendance: 19,934[13]

Zenit Saint Petersburg  v  Juventus
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Chelsea  v  Malmö FF
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Malmö FF  v  Chelsea
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Juventus  v  Zenit Saint Petersburg
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Chelsea  v  Juventus
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Malmö FF  v  Zenit Saint Petersburg
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Zenit Saint Petersburg  v  Chelsea
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Juventus  v  Malmö FF
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NotesEdit

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for dates up to 30 October 2021 (matchdays 1–3), and CET (UTC+1) for dates thereafter (matchdays 4–6).
  2. ^ a b c Shakhtar Donetsk play their home matches at NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv, instead of their regular stadium Donbass Arena, Donetsk, due to the war conditions in Eastern Ukraine.

ReferencesEdit

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