Champions League Table 2013: Latest Standings After Tuesday's Group Play

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 5, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring the second goal  during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and CSKA Moscow at the  Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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The 2013-14 Champions League group play continued on Tuesday, which boasted thrilling matchups between many of the world's elite football clubs.

While a handful of clubs were able to distance themselves in the standings after big victories, others are left in a much tighter race than expected after failing to take care of business. 

Here's a breakdown of the latest group stage standings across the board and some of Tuesday's biggest results.

Group A
TeamWDLGDPoints
Manchester United22038
Bayer Leverkusen21137
Shakhtar Donetsk121-25
Real Sociedad013-41
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Group B
TeamWDLGDPoints
Real Madrid3101010
Galatasaray112-44
FC Copenhagen112-54
Juventus031-13
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Group C
TeamWDLGDPoints
Paris Saint-Germain3101110
Olympiakos21117
Benfica112-24
Anderlecht013-101
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Group D
TeamWDLGDPoints
Bayern Munich4001112
Manchester City30159
CSKA Moscow103-63
Viktoria Plzen004-100
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Group E
TeamWDLGDPoints
Chelsea20166
Schalke 0420116
FC Basel11104
Steaua Bucuresti012-71
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Group F
TeamWDLGDPoints
Arsenal20126
Borussia Dortmund20136
Napoli20106
Marseille003-50
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Group G
TeamWDLGDPoints
Atletico Madrid30069
Zenit St. Petersburg111-14
FC Porto102-13
Austria Vienna012-41
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Group H
TeamWDLGDPoints
Barcelona21057
AC Milan12025
Celtic102-23
Ajax Amsterdam012-51
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Table information courtesy of ESPN.com

 

Tuesday's Biggest Matches

Juventus 2 - 2 Real Madrid

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 05:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid #11 scores the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Juventus and Real Madrid at Juventus Arena on November 5, 2013 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images
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Real Madrid are securely at the top of Group B and in no real trouble, while Juventus entered with just two points and desperately needing a spark. 

The two sides would sputter to a 2-2 draw in Italy, as a flurry of shots (24 total, 12 on goal) only produced two goals for Juventus and the tested Madrid defense stood tall enough to secure one point.

Cristiano Ronaldo and company weren't shy on offense, either, as Ronaldo ripped seven shots to Gareth Bales' four. Both stars had impressive goals on the afternoon.

Juventus are now at the bottom of Group B with just three points, and will need to make some noise in the final stretches to stay alive for the knockout stage.

 

Real Sociedad 0 - 0 Manchester United

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 05:  Chris Smalling of Manchester United battles with Antoine Griezmann of Real Sociedad during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013 in Sa
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Drawing on the road against Real Sociedad poses no real problem for David Moyes and company as they enjoy a lead in Group A. But you couldn't tell that by the way they responded after the scoreless affair.

Case in point—this headline from ESPN.co.uk on Twitter reads like United's trip to Spain resulted in a stunning defeat:

To their credit, it was an ugly affair. United notched 16 fouls while only putting two shots on target, despite holding a 55 percent possession advantage. 

To make matters worse, Marouane Fellaini picked up a red card after committing a game-high five fouls.

As the Red Devils get ready for a crucial stretch of the Premier League campaign, failing to build some confidence and momentum during the mid-week could linger.

 

Manchester City 5 - 2 CSKA Moscow

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and CSKA Moscow at the  Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2013 in Manchester, Englan
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While one Manchester club struggles, another triumphs as Manchester City secured a spot in the round of 16 with a Tuesday win.

The often potent City offense thrived as usual against CKSA Moscow, rolling to a 5-2 victory off three early goals. Alvaro Negredo had one of the best performances of his career with a hat trick, and Sergio Aguero's burst and elite form produced two goals.

Even though the group stage is far from over, Group D is all set as Bayern Munich and City have both notched their advancement to the next round.

CSKA Moscow saw their hopes vanish in the rout, and Viktoria Plzen are just happy to be there having lost all four matches.