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Champions League 2013-14: Updated Group Standings Following Matchday 6
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The field for the UEFA Champions League knockout stage is now set after Matchday 6 represented the final group-stage matches for each club in the tournament. 

There were plenty of exciting scenarios in play on Wednesday with teams still jockeying for position in their respective groups.

Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona secured first-place finishes with wins, while Schalke 04 and AC Milan did what was necessary to advance to the Round of 16 as well.

Meanwhile, a few other clubs backed into the knockout phase with losses in their final matches, although everyone starts fresh from this point forward. 

Combining this action with the results from Tuesday, here is a full look at the final group standings for the 2013-14 Champions League.

UEFA Champions League Table (as of Dec. 11)
Group A
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Manchester United 6 4 2 0 9 14
2 Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 -1 10
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2 2 2 1 8
4 Real Sociedad 6 0 1 5 -9 1
Group B
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Real Madrid 6 5 1 0 15 16
2 Galatasary 6 2 1 3 -6 7
3 Juventus 6 1 3 2 0 6
4 FC Copenhagen 6 1 1 4 -9 4
Group C
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Paris Saint-Germain 6 4 1 1 11 13
2 Olympiakos 6 3 1 2 2 10
3 Benfica 6 3 1 2 0 10
4 Anderlecht 6 0 1 5 -13 1
Group D
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Bayern Munich 6 5 0 1 12 15
2 Manchester City 6 5 0 1 8 15
3 Viktoria Plzen 6 1 0 5 -11 3
4 CSKA Moscow 6 1 0 5 -9 3
Group E
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Chelsea 6 4 0 2 9 12
2 Schalke 04 6 3 1 2 0 10
3 FC Basel 6 2 2 2 -1 8
4 Steaua Bucuresti 6 0 3 3 -8 3
Group F
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Borussia Dortmund 6 4 0 2 5 12
2 Arsenal 6 4 0 1 3 12
3 Napoli 6 4 0 2 1 12
4 Marseille 6 0 0 6 -9 0
Group G
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 6 5 1 0 12 16
2 Zenit St. Petersburg 6 1 3 2 -4 6
3 FC Porto 6 1 2 3 -3 5
4 Austria Vienna 6 1 2 3 -5 5
Group H
Pos. Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Barcelona 6 4 1 1 11 13
2 AC Milan 6 2 3 1 3 9
3 Ajax Amsterdam 6 2 2 2 -3 8
4 Celtic 6 1 0 5 -11 3

via ESPN FC

Champions League Results - Dec. 11
Home Score Away
Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus
Chelsea 1-0 Steaua Bucuresti
Schalke 04 2-0 FC Basel
Marseille 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Napoli 2-0 Arsenal
Atletico Madrid 2-0 FC Porto
Austria Vienna 4-1 Zenit St. Petersburg
AC Milan 0-0 Ajax Amsterdam
Barcelona 6-1 Celtic

via ESPN FC

One of the big stories of the day was the impressive performance by Barcelona and especially Neymar. The 21-year-old star scored his first-career UCL goal in the first half, which was followed in the second half by his second and third to complete a hat-trick.

Barca finished with a 6-1 victory over Celtic to clinch the Group H win.

Coming in second in the group was AC Milan, who only needed a draw against Ajax Amsterdam in order to advance. Despite an early red card by Riccardo Montolivo, the Italian squad accomplished this feat with a 0-0 final score. 

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In Group G, FC Porto had a chance to move into the next round with a win over Atletico Madrid, who had already clinched first place. However, Atletico would not surrender a goal at home, allowing Zenit St. Petersburg to sneak into the knockout stage with only six points.

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Schalke 04 certainly did not leave points on the table with a winner-take-all matchup against FC Basel. Playing with a man advantage after Ivan Ivanov was red-carded, Schalke got goals from Julian Draxler and Joel Matip to earn a 2-0 victory and a second-place finish behind Chelsea.

That brings us to the most competitive group of the tournament: Group F. Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli each finished with 12 points, but Napoli end up being the odd ones out due to goal difference. 

Finally, Galatasaray earned a 1-0 victory over Juventus in a match that was suspended due to hail on Tuesday.

There were plenty of surprises throughout the early part of this continental tournament, but the action is just beginning. Based on the talent involved in all of the advancing squads, the Round of 16 is certain to be one for the ages.  

 

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