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UEFA Champions League Matchday 6: Everything You Need to Know

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterDecember 2, 2012

UEFA Champions League Matchday 6: Everything You Need to Know

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    Qualification and seeding are on the line this week as the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League reaches the end of its group stage.

    All 32 teams will play in eight groups over the two-part Matchday 6, but only 16 will remain in the competition. By Wednesday night, eight clubs will have qualified for the knockout stage as group winners. Eight more will have qualified as runners-up.

    That's not all. Eight more third-placed clubs will be eliminated from the Champions League but will transfer to the Europa League. Finally, the eight last-placed teams will be eliminated from Europe for this season.

    Keep reading for everything you need to know about all the games this week in Europe's premier club competition.

Group A: Showdown at the Top

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    Teams: Porto (13 points), Paris Saint-Germain (12), Dynamo Kyiv (4), Dinamo Zagreb (0)

    Matches: Dinamo Zagreb vs. Dynamo Kyiv; PSG vs. Porto (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday)

    Porto and PSG have qualified for the knockout stage. Dynamo Kyiv will head to the Europa League. Dinamo Zagreb are out, having failed to score a goal in five matches.

    The winner of the PSG-Porto match in Paris will be the group champion. Porto need only a draw to win the group.

Group B: All About Seeding

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    Teams: Schalke (11 points), Arsenal (10), Olympiakos (6), Montpellier (1)

    Matches: Olympiakos vs. Arsenal; Montpellier vs. Schalke (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday)

    Schalke and Arsenal have qualified for the knockout phase. Schalke win the group if they beat Montpellier in France. For Arsenal to win the group, the Gunners must beat Olympiakos in Greece and hope Schalke draw or lose.

    Olympiakos will transfer to the Europa League regardless of results. Montpellier have been eliminated.

Group C: Who Heads to the Europa League?

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    Teams: Málaga (11 points), AC Milan (8), Zenit St. Petersburg (4), Anderlecht (4)

    Matches: AC Milan vs. Zenit; Málaga vs. Anderlecht (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday)

    Málaga have won the group. AC Milan can tie Málaga on 11 points, but Málaga would still win the group because of a superior head-to-head record.

    Milan have qualified as runners-up.

    Zenit are currently third and in line for Europa League qualification. Though tied with Anderlecht on points, Zenit would win any tiebreaker based on superior goal differential (per UEFA regulations).

Group D: Group of Death Decided Early

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    Teams: Borussia Dortmund (11 points), Real Madrid (8), Ajax (4), Manchester City (3)

    Matches: Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City; Real Madrid vs. Ajax (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday)

    Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid have qualified for the knockout stage. Dortmund have won the group based on a superior head-to-head record against Real.

    Ajax would qualify for the Europa League with a win or draw against Real Madrid in Spain.

Group E: Champions in Trouble

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    Teams: Shakhtar Donetsk (10 points), Juventus (9), Chelsea (7), Nordsjaelland (1)

    Matches: Chelsea vs. Nordsjaelland; Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Juventus (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday)

    Shakhtar have qualified for the knockout phase. The Ukrainians will win the group if they defeat or draw with Juventus.

    Juventus would win the group with a victory at Shakhtar. The Italians would qualify for the knockout phase with a draw or if Chelsea fail to beat Nordsjaelland.

    To qualify for the knockout phase, Chelsea, the defending European champions, must defeat Nordsjaelland and hope Juventus lose to Shakhtar. The Blues have an inferior head-to-head record against both Juventus and Shakhtar.

Group F: Seeding at the Top

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    Teams: Bayern Munich (10 points), Valencia (10), BATE Borisov (6), Lille (3)

    Matches: Bayern Munich vs. BATE Borisov; Lille vs. Valencia (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday)

    Bayern and Valencia have qualified for the knockout stage.

    Bayern, beaten finalists last season, will win the group with a victory over BATE or by finishing level on points with Valencia. The Bavarians have a superior head-to-head record against Valencia.

    Valencia, who dismissed manager Mauricio Pellegrino this weekend (via Marca), must finish with more points than Bayern in order to win the group.

    BATE have a superior head-to-head record against Lille and will finish third in the group, thus ensuring qualification for the Europa League.

Group G: Barca on Top

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    Teams: Barcelona (12 points), Benfica (7), Celtic (7), Spartak Moscow (3)

    Matches: Barcelona vs. Benfica; Celtic vs. Spartak (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday)

    Barcelona have qualified for the knockout stage as group winners.

    Benfica currently sit second because of their superior head-to-head record against Celtic. The Portuguese, however, play at Barcelona.

    In order to qualify, Celtic, who host already-eliminated Spartak Moscow, must finish with more points than Benfica.

Group H: United and Everyone Else

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    Teams: Manchester United (12 points), Galatasaray (7), CFR Cluj (7), Braga (3)

    Matches: Manchester United vs. Cluj; Braga vs. Galatasaray (both kickoffs scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday)

    Manchester United have qualified for the knockout stage as group winners.

    Galatasaray currently sit second in the group because of a superior head-to-head record against Cluj. The Turks will qualify by beating Braga or by finishing with the same number of points as Cluj.

    To qualify for the knockout phase, Cluj must finish with more points than Galatasaray. Otherwise, the Romanians would head to the Europa League.

    Braga have been eliminated.

     

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