The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage is coming to an end this week. The tournament started a month late, as an indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a tight schedule and weekly matches will see the group stage conclude right on time.
From empty stadiums to scintillating drama, the group stage has seen it all. With nine round of 16 places already filled, the last matchday will see a final dash as teams fight it out for the remaining spots.
Champions League Group A
Group A winner: Bayern Munich (13 points)
The Champions League holders have already qualified as group winners after four games.
Matchday 6: Bayern Munich (13pt) vs. Lokomotiv Moscow (3pt), RB Salzburg (4pt) vs. Atletico Madrid (6pt)
Atletico Madrid qualification scenario: Win or draw against RB Salzburg.
RB Salzburg qualification scenario: Win against Atletico Madrid.
Lokomotiv Moscow qualification scenario: Can’t qualify. Europa League if they win against Bayern and Atletico Madrid defeat RB Salzburg.
Champions League Group B
Group B has been one of the most entertaining and competitive groups in the Champions League this season. No team has qualified so far, so all the four sides have a chance to do so on the final matchday.
Matchday 6: Real Madrid (7pt) vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (8pt), Inter Milan (5pt) vs. Shakhtar Donetsk (7pt)
Borussia Monchengladbach qualification scenario: Win or draw against Real Madrid, or Inter vs. Shakhtar ends in a draw.
Shakhtar Donetsk qualification scenario: Win against Inter, or draw and Monchengladbach win against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid qualification scenario: Win against Monchengladbach, or draw and Inter win against Shakhtar.
Inter Milan qualification scenario: Win against Shakhtar and Monchengladbach vs. Real Madrid avoid a draw.
Champions League Group C
Group winner: Manchester City (13 points)
Group runner-up: Porto (10 points)
The 0-0 draw between Manchester City and Porto confirmed the latter’s qualification to the Champions League knockout stages and the former winning the group.
Matchday 6: Man City (13pt) vs. Marseille (3pt), Olympiacos (3pt) vs. Porto (10pt)
Group C is done and dusted. All that remains is to see who out of Olympiacos and Marseille qualify for the Europa League. If both teams end up winning or losing their respective matches, then Olympiacos will go through to the Europa League.
Champions League Group D
Group winner: Liverpool (12 points)
A 1-0 victory against Ajax last time out, coupled with Atalanta’s draw to Midtjylland, saw Liverpool not only qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, but win Group D.
Matchday 6: Midtjylland (1pt) vs. Liverpool (12pt), Ajax (7pt) vs. Atalanta (8pt)
Atalanta qualification scenario: Win or draw against Ajax.
Ajax qualification scenario: Win against Atalanta.
Midtjylland qualification scenario: Can’t qualify. Will finish bottom the group.
Champions League Group E
The second half of the Champions League Group Stage will provide numerous games fans will not be wanting to miss.
Group winner: Chelsea (13 points)
Group runner-up: Sevilla (10 points)
Matchday 6: Chelsea (13pt) vs. Krasnodar (4pt), Rennes (1pt) vs. Sevilla (10pt)
Everything is wrapped up in Group E of the Champions League, with all the final positions confirmed. Krasnodar will be making their way into the Europa League and Rennes will finish last, irrespective of the results on the final matchday.
Champions League Group F
Qualified: Borussia Dortmund (10 points)
Matchday 6: Zenit (1pt) vs. Dortmund (10pt), Lazio (9pt) vs. Club Brugge (7pt)
Lazio qualification scenario: Win or draw against Club Brugge.
Club Brugge qualification scenario: Win against Lazio.
Zenit qualification scenario: Can’t qualify. Will finish bottom the group.
Dortmund have booked their place in the Champions League Round of 16. In order to do so as group winners, they need to avoid defeat at Zenit and hope Lazio fail to win against Club Brugge.
Champions League Group G
Qualified: Barcelona (15 points), Juventus (12 points)
Matchday 6: Barcelona (15pt) vs. Juventus (12pt), Dynamo Kyiv (1pt) vs. Ferencvaros (1pt)
Both Barcelona and Juventus have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages, but will face each other off to decide the Group G winner. Juventus need to win by three goals or more to do so, or else Barcelona will seal the top spot.
Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros will fight it out for a Europa League spot, with the winner taking it. If their final Champions League match ends in a draw, Dyanmo Kyiv go through to the Europa League.
Champions League Group H
Group H is the last, but the most thrilling Champions League group. Three teams are neck and neck for the two qualifying spots.
Matchday 6: RB Leipzig (9pt) vs. Man United (9pt), PSG (9pt) vs. Istanbul Basaksehir (3pt)
PSG qualification scenario: Win or draw against Istanbul Basaksehir, or RB Leipzig vs. Man United doesn’t end in a draw.
Man United qualification scenario: Win or draw against RB Leipzig.
RB Leipzig qualification scenario: Win against Man United.
Istanbul Basaksehir qualification scenario: Can’t qualify. Will finish bottom of the group.