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Champions League Table 2013: Latest Group Standings Following Tuesday's Action

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Phil Jones of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on December 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

The UEFA Champions League knockout stage is just about set as a number of clubs completed their final group-stage matchups on Tuesday. 

Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all secured the top spots in their respective groups, despite that fact that two of these teams lost on Tuesday. Bayer Leverkusen, Olympiakos and Manchester City also earned spots in the Round of 16 with second-place finishes.

There are more spots up for grabs that will be completely decided on Wednesday, but here is an updated look at the table after the matches on Dec. 10.

UEFA Champions League Table (as of Dec. 10)
Group A
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Manchester United6420914
2Bayer Leverkusen6312-110
3Shakhtar Donetsk622218
4Real Sociedad6015-91
Group B
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Real Madrid65101516
2Galatasary6213-67
3Juventus613206
4FC Copenhagen6114-94
Group C
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Paris Saint-Germain64111113
2Olympiakos6312210
3Benfica6312010
4Anderlecht6015-131
Group D
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Bayern Munich65011215
2Manchester City6501815
3Viktoria Plzen6105-113
4CSKA Moscow6105-93
Group E
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea530289
2FC Basel522118
3Schalke 045212-27
4Steaua Bucuresti5032-73
Group F
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal5401512
2Borussia Dortmund530249
3Napoli5302-19
4Marseille5005-80
Group G
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Atletico Madrid54101013
2Zenit St. Petersburg5131-16
3FC Porto5122-15
4Austria Vienna5023-82
Group H
Pos.ClubPWDLGDPts
1Barcelona5311610
2AC Milan522138
3Ajax Amsterdam5212-37
4Celtic5104-63
via ESPN FC
UEFA Champions League Results - Dec. 10
HomeScoreAway
Manchester United1-0Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Sociedad0-1Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen0-2Real Madrid
Galatasary1-0Juventus
Benfica2-1Paris Saint-Germain
Olympiakos3-1Anderlecht
Bayern Munich2-3Manchester City
Viktoria Plzen2-1CSKA Moscow
via ESPN FC

 

The reason only seven matches were completed on Tuesday was due to terrible weather that caused a postponement of the battle between Galatasaray and Juventus, as captured by BBC Sport:

After 30 minutes of play, the score was 0-0, and the game was deemed unplayable. The teams will pick up the action on Wednesday, according to Jerrad Peters of The Independent:

The winner of this match will earn the second spot in Group B, so you can expect a lot of excitement when things start up again.

Meanwhile, there were plenty of games that actually finished as scheduled.

Manchester United earned a key victory over Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to a goal by Phil Jones in the 67th minute. This battle featured poor finishing throughout, but Jones led United to a group victory with a score from well inside the box.

The loss for Shakhtar left the door open for Bayer Leverkusen to clinch the second seed with a win. Omer Toprak scored the only goal in the match, but that was all it took for the German club to advance.

Group C also featured plenty of excitement as Olympiakos and Benfica entered the day tied for second place. While they both came through with home wins, Olympiakos advances thanks to an earlier victory over the Portuguese squad.

ATHENS, GREECE - SEPTEMBER 17:  Vladimir Weiss of Olympiacos FC celebrates scoring a goal with his team-mates during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Olympiacos FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC held on September 17, 2013 at the Georgios Ka
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Finally, Manchester City had a chance to steal the top spot in Group D with a two-goal victory over Bayern Munich. However, they could only win 3-2, and, amazingly, they only manage the second seed despite winning five of six games.

There will be plenty more excitement on Wednesday as the remaining spots in the knockout stage are settled. Battles between FC Basel and Schalke 04 as well as Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan are true decisive contests with the winners moving on to the next round.

Arsenal will also host Napoli in what should be one of the better matches of the season.

Be sure to catch all of the action as the group stage concludes on Dec. 11.

 

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