2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage

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The group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League will be played from 16 September to 10 December 2014. A total of 32 teams compete in the group stage.[1]

Draw[edit]

The draw was held on 28 August 2014, 17:45 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[2] The 32 teams were allocated into four pots based on their UEFA club coefficients at the beginning of the season, with the title holders being placed in Pot 1 automatically. They were drawn into eight groups of four containing one team from each of the four seeding pots, with the restriction that teams from the same national association could not be drawn against each other. Moreover, the draw was controlled for teams from the same association in order to split the teams evenly into the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) for maximum television coverage.

The fixtures are decided after the draw. On each matchday, four groups play their matches on Tuesday, while the other four groups play their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups (A–D, E–H) alternating between each matchday. There are other restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g., Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal, Benfica and Sporting CP) in general do not play at home on the same matchday (UEFA tries to avoid teams from the same city playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days), and Russian teams do not play at home on the last matchday due to cold weather.

On 17 July 2014, the UEFA emergency panel ruled that Ukrainian and Russian clubs would not be drawn against each other "until further notice" due to the political unrest between the countries.[3] Therefore, Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk (Pot 2) and Russian club CSKA Moscow (Pot 3) could not be drawn into the same group despite in different pots.

Teams[edit]

Below are the 32 teams which qualified for the group stage (with their 2014 UEFA club coefficients),[4] grouped by their seeding pot.[5][6] They include 22 teams which enter in this stage, and the 10 winners of the play-off round (5 in Champions Route, 5 in League Route).

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16
Third-placed teams enter the Europa League round of 32
Pot 1
Team Coeff
Spain Real Madrid[TH] 161.542
Spain Barcelona 157.542
Germany Bayern Munich 154.328
England Chelsea 140.949
Portugal Benfica 129.459
Spain Atlético Madrid 119.542
England Arsenal[LR] 112.949
Portugal Porto[LR] 105.459
Pot 2
Team Coeff
Germany Schalke 04 95.328
Germany Borussia Dortmund 82.328
Italy Juventus 80.387
France Paris Saint-Germain 80.300
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 78.193
Switzerland Basel 75.645
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg[LR] 73.899
England Manchester City 72.949
Pot 3
Team Coeff
Germany Bayer Leverkusen[LR] 70.328
Greece Olympiacos 67.720
Russia CSKA Moscow 66.899
Netherlands Ajax 61.862
England Liverpool 58.949
Portugal Sporting CP 58.459
Turkey Galatasaray 55.340
Spain Athletic Bilbao[LR] 54.542
Pot 4
Team Coeff
Belgium Anderlecht 50.260
Italy Roma 39.887
Cyprus APOEL[CR] 37.650
Belarus BATE Borisov[CR] 33.725
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad[CR] 18.125
Slovenia Maribor[CR] 16.200
France Monaco 11.300
Sweden Malmö FF[CR] 6.265
Notes
  1. TH Title holders, automatically placed at the top position of seeding list.
  2. CR Winners of the play-off round (Champions Route).
  3. LR Winners of the play-off round (League Route).

Format[edit]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the Europa League round of 32.[1]

Tiebreakers[edit]

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings:[1]

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 8 apply;
  6. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  7. higher number of goals scored from all group matches played;
  8. higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as its association, over the previous five seasons.

Groups[edit]

The matchdays are 16–17 September, 30 September–1 October, 21–22 October, 4–5 November, 25–26 November, and 9–10 December 2014.[7] The match kickoff times are 20:45 CEST/CET, except for matches in Russia and one match in Belarus which are 18:00 CEST/CET. Times up to 25 October 2014 (matchdays 1–3) are CEST (UTC+2), thereafter (matchdays 4–6) times are CET (UTC+1).

Key to colours in group tables
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16
Third-placed teams enter the Europa League round of 32

See 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage#Tiebreakers for tiebreakers if two or more teams are equal on points.

Group A[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Italy Juventus 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Greece Olympiacos 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1 3
Spain Atlético Madrid 1 0 0 1 2 3 −1 0
Sweden Malmö FF 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
16 September 2014
20:45
Olympiacos Greece 3–2 Spain Atlético Madrid
Masuaku Goal 13'
Afellay Goal 31'
Mitroglou Goal 73'
Report Mandžukić Goal 38'
Griezmann Goal 86'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Attendance: 31,946[8]
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
16 September 2014
20:45
Juventus Italy 2–0 Sweden Malmö FF
Tevez Goal 59'90' Report
Juventus Stadium, Turin
Attendance: 31,218[8]
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)



4 November 2014
20:45
Juventus Italy v Greece Olympiacos
Report

26 November 2014
20:45
Malmö FF Sweden v Italy Juventus
Report

Group B[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Spain Real Madrid 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3
England Liverpool 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
Switzerland Basel 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0
16 September 2014
20:45
Liverpool England 2–1 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Balotelli Goal 82'
Gerrard Goal 90+3' (pen.)
Report Abalo Goal 90+1'
Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 43,307[8]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
16 September 2014
20:45
Real Madrid Spain 5–1 Switzerland Basel
Suchý Goal 14' (o.g.)
Bale Goal 30'
Ronaldo Goal 31'
Rodríguez Goal 37'
Benzema Goal 79'
Report González Goal 38'
Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Attendance: 65,364[8]
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

1 October 2014
20:45
Basel Switzerland v England Liverpool
Report

22 October 2014
20:45
Liverpool England v Spain Real Madrid
Report


26 November 2014
20:45
Basel Switzerland v Spain Real Madrid
Report

9 December 2014
20:45
Liverpool England v Switzerland Basel
Report
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Ludogorets Razgrad will play their home matches at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia instead of their regular stadium, Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad.

Group C[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
France Monaco 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
Portugal Benfica 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
16 September 2014
20:45
Monaco France 1–0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Moutinho Goal 61' Report
16 September 2014
20:45
Benfica Portugal 0–2 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
Report Hulk Goal 5'
Witsel Goal 22'
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 35,294[8]
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)


22 October 2014
20:45
Monaco France v Portugal Benfica
Report

4 November 2014
20:45
Benfica Portugal v France Monaco
Report

26 November 2014
20:45
Bayer Leverkusen Germany v France Monaco
Report

Group D[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Germany Borussia Dortmund 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
Belgium Anderlecht 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Turkey Galatasaray 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
England Arsenal 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
16 September 2014
20:45
Galatasaray Turkey 1–1 Belgium Anderlecht
Yılmaz Goal 90+1' Report Praet Goal 52'
Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
Attendance: 28,553[8]
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
16 September 2014
20:45
Borussia Dortmund Germany 2–0 England Arsenal
Immobile Goal 45'
Aubameyang Goal 48'
Report



4 November 2014
20:45
Arsenal England v Belgium Anderlecht
Report


Group E[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Italy Roma 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4 3
Germany Bayern Munich 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
England Manchester City 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
Russia CSKA Moscow 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4 0
17 September 2014
20:45
Roma Italy 5–1 Russia CSKA Moscow
Iturbe Goal 6'
Gervinho Goal 10'31'
Maicon Goal 20'
Ignashevich Goal 50' (o.g.)
Report Musa Goal 82'
17 September 2014
20:45
Bayern Munich Germany 1–0 England Manchester City
Boateng Goal 90' Report
Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 68,000[9]
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

30 September 2014
18:00
CSKA Moscow Russia v Germany Bayern Munich
Report
30 September 2014
20:45
Manchester City England v Italy Roma
Report

21 October 2014
20:45
Roma Italy v Germany Bayern Munich
Report

5 November 2014
20:45
Bayern Munich Germany v Italy Roma
Report

25 November 2014
18:00
CSKA Moscow Russia v Italy Roma
Report

10 December 2014
20:45
Roma Italy v England Manchester City
Report

Group F[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Spain Barcelona 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
France Paris Saint-Germain 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Netherlands Ajax 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Cyprus APOEL 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
17 September 2014
20:45
Barcelona Spain 1–0 Cyprus APOEL
Piqué Goal 28' Report
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 62,832[9]
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
17 September 2014
20:45
Ajax Netherlands 1–1 France Paris Saint-Germain
Schöne Goal 74' Report Cavani Goal 14'
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Attendance: 50,430[9]
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

30 September 2014
20:45
APOEL Cyprus v Netherlands Ajax
Report

21 October 2014
20:45
Barcelona Spain v Netherlands Ajax
Report

5 November 2014
20:45
Ajax Netherlands v Spain Barcelona
Report

25 November 2014
20:45
APOEL Cyprus v Spain Barcelona
Report

10 December 2014
20:45
Ajax Netherlands v Cyprus APOEL
Report

Group G[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
England Chelsea 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Germany Schalke 04 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Portugal Sporting CP 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Slovenia Maribor 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
17 September 2014
20:45
Chelsea England 1–1 Germany Schalke 04
Fàbregas Goal 11' Report Huntelaar Goal 62'
Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 40,648[9]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
17 September 2014
20:45
Maribor Slovenia 1–1 Portugal Sporting CP
Zahović Goal 90+2' Report Nani Goal 80'
Ljudski vrt, Maribor
Attendance: 12,211[9]
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

30 September 2014
20:45
Schalke 04 Germany v Slovenia Maribor
Report

21 October 2014
20:45
Chelsea England v Slovenia Maribor
Report

5 November 2014
20:45
Maribor Slovenia v England Chelsea
Report


10 December 2014
20:45
Chelsea England v Portugal Sporting CP
Report
10 December 2014
20:45
Maribor Slovenia v Germany Schalke 04
Report

Group H[edit]

Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Portugal Porto 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 3
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Belarus BATE Borisov 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6 0
17 September 2014
20:45
Porto Portugal 6–0 Belarus BATE Borisov
Brahimi Goal 5'32'57'
Martínez Goal 37'
Adrián Goal 61'
Aboubakar Goal 76'
Report
Estádio do Dragão, Porto
Attendance: 35,108[9]
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
17 September 2014
20:45
Athletic Bilbao Spain 0–0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Report
San Mamés, Bilbao
Attendance: 48,351[9]
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)

30 September 2014
20:45
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine v Portugal Porto
Report


5 November 2014
20:45
Athletic Bilbao Spain v Portugal Porto
Report

25 November 2014
18:00
BATE Borisov Belarus v Portugal Porto
Report

Notes
  1. ^ a b c Shakhtar Donetsk will play their home matches at Arena Lviv, Lviv instead of their regular stadium, Donbass Arena, Donetsk, due to the war conditions in Eastern Ukraine.

References[edit]

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