2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage

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The 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage began on 12 September and ended on 6 December 2017.[1] A total of 32 teams competed in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout phase of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League.[2]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 24 August 2017, 18:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[3]

The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams were seeded into four pots based on the following principles:

  • Pot 1 contained the title holders and the champions of the top seven associations based on their 2016 UEFA country coefficients.[4] If the title holders were one of the champions of the top seven associations, the champions of the association ranked eighth were also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contained the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients.[5]

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.[6]

Moreover, the draw was controlled for teams from the same association in order to split the teams evenly into the two sets of four groups (A–D, E–H) for maximum television coverage. On each matchday, one set of four groups played their matches on Tuesday, while the other set of four groups played their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups alternating between each matchday.

The fixtures were decided after the draw, using a computer draw not shown to public, with the following match sequence (Regulations Article 16.02):[2]

Note: Positions for scheduling did not use the seeding pots, e.g., Team 1 was not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.

Matchday Matches
Matchday 1 2 v 3, 4 v 1
Matchday 2 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 3 3 v 1, 2 v 4
Matchday Matches
Matchday 4 1 v 3, 4 v 2
Matchday 5 3 v 2, 1 v 4
Matchday 6 2 v 1, 4 v 3

There were certain scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g., Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid) in general were not scheduled to play at home on the same matchday (to avoid teams from the same city playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days, due to logistics and crowd control), and teams in certain countries (e.g., Russia and Azerbaijan) were not scheduled to play at home on the last matchday (due to cold weather and simultaneous kick-off times).

Teams[edit]

Below were the participating teams (with their 2017 UEFA club coefficients),[5] grouped by their seeding pot. They included 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
Group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16
Third-placed teams enter the Europa League round of 32
Pot 1 (by association rank)[7]
Team Coeff.[5]
Spain Real Madrid[TH] 176.999
Germany Bayern Munich 154.899
England Chelsea 106.192
Italy Juventus 140.666
Portugal Benfica 111.866
France Monaco 62.333
Russia Spartak Moscow 18.606
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 87.526
Pot 2
Team Coeff.[5]
Spain Barcelona 151.999
Spain Atlético Madrid 142.999
France Paris Saint-Germain 126.333
Germany Borussia Dortmund 124.899
Spain Sevilla[LR] 112.999
England Manchester City 100.192
Portugal Porto 98.866
England Manchester United 95.192
Pot 3
Team Coeff.[5]
Italy Napoli[LR] 88.666
England Tottenham Hotspur 77.192
Switzerland Basel 74.415
Greece Olympiacos[CR] 64.580
Belgium Anderlecht 58.480
England Liverpool[LR] 56.192
Italy Roma 53.666
Turkey Beşiktaş 45.840
Pot 4
Team Coeff.[5]
Scotland Celtic[CR] 42.785
Russia CSKA Moscow[LR] 39.606
Portugal Sporting CP[LR] 36.866
Cyprus APOEL[CR] 26.210
Netherlands Feyenoord 23.212
Slovenia Maribor[CR] 21.125
Azerbaijan Qarabağ[CR] 18.050
Germany RB Leipzig 15.899
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 played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams entered the Europa League round of 32.

Tiebreakers[edit]

Teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 17.01):[2]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Wins in all group matches;
  10. Away wins in all group matches;
  11. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  12. UEFA club coefficient.

Groups[edit]

The matchdays were 12–13 September, 26–27 September, 17–18 October, 31 October – 1 November, 21–22 November, and 5–6 December 2017.[1] The match kickoff times were 20:45 CEST/CET in general, except for certain matches for geographical reasons.[8]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England Manchester United 6 5 0 1 12 3 +9 15 Advance to knockout phase
2 Switzerland Basel 6 4 0 2 11 5 +6 12
3 Russia CSKA Moscow 6 3 0 3 8 10 −2 9 Transfer to Europa League
4 Portugal Benfica 6 0 0 6 1 14 −13 0
Source: UEFA
Benfica Portugal 1–2 Russia CSKA Moscow
Report
Manchester United England 3–0 Switzerland Basel
Report
Attendance: 73,854[9]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

Basel Switzerland 5–0 Portugal Benfica
Report
Attendance: 34,111[10]
CSKA Moscow Russia 1–4 England Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 29,073[10]

CSKA Moscow Russia 0–2 Switzerland Basel
Report
Attendance: 27,996[11]
Benfica Portugal 0–1 England Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 57,684[11]

Basel Switzerland 1–2 Russia CSKA Moscow
Report
Attendance: 33,303[12]
Manchester United England 2–0 Portugal Benfica
Report

CSKA Moscow Russia 2–0 Portugal Benfica
Report
Attendance: 27,709[13]
Basel Switzerland 1–0 England Manchester United
Report
Attendance: 36,000[13]

Benfica Portugal 0–2 Switzerland Basel
Report
Attendance: 22,470[14]
Manchester United England 2–1 Russia CSKA Moscow
Report
Attendance: 74,669[14]

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 France Paris Saint-Germain 6 5 0 1 25 4 +21 15[a] Advance to knockout phase
2 Germany Bayern Munich 6 5 0 1 13 6 +7 15[a]
3 Scotland Celtic 6 1 0 5 5 18 −13 3[b] Transfer to Europa League
4 Belgium Anderlecht 6 1 0 5 2 17 −15 3[b]
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Paris Saint-Germain 3–0 Bayern Munich, Bayern Munich 3–1 Paris Saint-Germain.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Anderlecht 0–3 Celtic, Celtic 0–1 Anderlecht.
Bayern Munich Germany 3–0 Belgium Anderlecht
Report
Attendance: 70,000[9]
Celtic Scotland 0–5 France Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Attendance: 57,562[9]

Paris Saint-Germain France 3–0 Germany Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 46,252[10]
Anderlecht Belgium 0–3 Scotland Celtic
Report

Anderlecht Belgium 0–4 France Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Bayern Munich Germany 3–0 Scotland Celtic
Report
Attendance: 70,000[11]

Paris Saint-Germain France 5–0 Belgium Anderlecht
Report
Celtic Scotland 1–2 Germany Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 58,269[12]

Anderlecht Belgium 1–2 Germany Bayern Munich
Report
Paris Saint-Germain France 7–1 Scotland Celtic
Report

Bayern Munich Germany 3–1 France Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Attendance: 70,000[14]
Celtic Scotland 0–1 Belgium Anderlecht
Report
Attendance: 57,931[14]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Italy Roma 6 3 2 1 9 6 +3 11[a] Advance to knockout phase
2 England Chelsea 6 3 2 1 16 8 +8 11[a]
3 Spain Atlético Madrid 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7 Transfer to Europa League
4 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 6 0 2 4 2 14 −12 2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Chelsea 3–3 Roma, Roma 3–0 Chelsea.
Chelsea England 6–0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
Report
Roma Italy 0–0 Spain Atlético Madrid
Report
Attendance: 36,064[9]

Qarabağ Azerbaijan 1–2 Italy Roma
Report
Atlético Madrid Spain 1–2 England Chelsea
Report
Attendance: 60,643[10]

Qarabağ Azerbaijan 0–0 Spain Atlético Madrid
Report
Attendance: 47,923[11]
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Chelsea England 3–3 Italy Roma
Report
Attendance: 41,105[11]

Atlético Madrid Spain 1–1 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
Report
Attendance: 55,893[12]
Roma Italy 3–0 England Chelsea
Report
Attendance: 55,036[12]

Qarabağ Azerbaijan 0–4 England Chelsea
Report
Attendance: 67,100[13]
Atlético Madrid Spain 2–0 Italy Roma
Report

Chelsea England 1–1 Spain Atlético Madrid
Report
Attendance: 40,875[14]
Roma Italy 1–0 Azerbaijan Qarabağ
Report
Attendance: 34,258[14]

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 9 1 +8 14 Advance to knockout phase
2 Italy Juventus 6 3 2 1 7 5 +2 11
3 Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 1 3 8 9 −1 7 Transfer to Europa League
4 Greece Olympiacos 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1
Source: UEFA
Barcelona Spain 3–0 Italy Juventus
Report
Attendance: 78,656[9]
Olympiacos Greece 2–3 Portugal Sporting CP
Report
Attendance: 30,168[9]

Sporting CP Portugal 0–1 Spain Barcelona
Report
Juventus Italy 2–0 Greece Olympiacos
Report
Attendance: 33,460[10]

Juventus Italy 2–1 Portugal Sporting CP
Report
Attendance: 36,288[11]
Barcelona Spain 3–1 Greece Olympiacos
Report
Attendance: 55,026[11]

Sporting CP Portugal 1–1 Italy Juventus
Report
Olympiacos Greece 0–0 Spain Barcelona
Report
Attendance: 31,600[12]

Juventus Italy 0–0 Spain Barcelona
Report
Attendance: 40,876[13]
Sporting CP Portugal 3–1 Greece Olympiacos
Report

Barcelona Spain 2–0 Portugal Sporting CP
Report
Attendance: 48,336[14]
Olympiacos Greece 0–2 Italy Juventus
Report

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England Liverpool 6 3 3 0 23 6 +17 12 Advance to knockout phase
2 Spain Sevilla 6 2 3 1 12 12 0 9
3 Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 9 13 −4 6 Transfer to Europa League
4 Slovenia Maribor 6 0 3 3 3 16 −13 3
Source: UEFA
Maribor Slovenia 1–1 Russia Spartak Moscow
Report
Attendance: 12,566[15]
Liverpool England 2–2 Spain Sevilla
Report
Attendance: 52,332[15]

Sevilla Spain 3–0 Slovenia Maribor
Report
Spartak Moscow Russia 1–1 England Liverpool
Report
Attendance: 43,376[16]

Spartak Moscow Russia 5–1 Spain Sevilla
Report
Attendance: 44,307[17]
Maribor Slovenia 0–7 England Liverpool
Report
Attendance: 12,506[17]

Sevilla Spain 2–1 Russia Spartak Moscow
Report
Liverpool England 3–0 Slovenia Maribor
Report
Attendance: 47,957[18]

Spartak Moscow Russia 1–1 Slovenia Maribor
Report
Attendance: 42,920[19]
Sevilla Spain 3–3 England Liverpool
Report

Maribor Slovenia 1–1 Spain Sevilla
Report
Attendance: 11,976[20]
Liverpool England 7–0 Russia Spartak Moscow
Report
Attendance: 48,779[20]

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England Manchester City 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15 Advance to knockout phase
2 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 0 2 9 9 0 12
3 Italy Napoli 6 2 0 4 11 11 0 6 Transfer to Europa League
4 Netherlands Feyenoord 6 1 0 5 5 14 −9 3
Source: UEFA
Feyenoord Netherlands 0–4 England Manchester City
Report
Attendance: 43,500[15]
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 2–1 Italy Napoli
Report

Napoli Italy 3–1 Netherlands Feyenoord
Report
Attendance: 22,577[16]
Manchester City England 2–0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Report

Manchester City England 2–1 Italy Napoli
Report
Feyenoord Netherlands 1–2 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Report
Attendance: 43,500[17]

Napoli Italy 2–4 England Manchester City
Report
Attendance: 44,483[18]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 3–1 Netherlands Feyenoord
Report

Manchester City England 1–0 Netherlands Feyenoord
Report
Napoli Italy 3–0 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Report
Attendance: 10,573[19]

Feyenoord Netherlands 2–1 Italy Napoli
Report
Attendance: 36,500[20]
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 2–1 England Manchester City
Report

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Turkey Beşiktaş 6 4 2 0 11 5 +6 14 Advance to knockout phase
2 Portugal Porto 6 3 1 2 15 10 +5 10
3 Germany RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7 Transfer to Europa League
4 France Monaco 6 0 2 4 6 16 −10 2
Source: UEFA
RB Leipzig Germany 1–1 France Monaco
Report
Attendance: 40,068[15]
Porto Portugal 1–3 Turkey Beşiktaş
Report
Attendance: 42,429[15]

Beşiktaş Turkey 2–0 Germany RB Leipzig
Report
Attendance: 36,641[16]
Monaco France 0–3 Portugal Porto
Report
Attendance: 11,703[16]

Monaco France 1–2 Turkey Beşiktaş
Report
Attendance: 7,403[17]
RB Leipzig Germany 3–2 Portugal Porto
Report
Attendance: 41,496[17]

Beşiktaş Turkey 1–1 France Monaco
Report
Attendance: 39,346[18]
Porto Portugal 3–1 Germany RB Leipzig
Report
Attendance: 41,616[18]

Beşiktaş Turkey 1–1 Portugal Porto
Report
Attendance: 36,919[19]
Monaco France 1–4 Germany RB Leipzig
Report

RB Leipzig Germany 1–2 Turkey Beşiktaş
Report
Attendance: 42,558[20]
Porto Portugal 5–2 France Monaco
Report
Attendance: 42,509[20]

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England Tottenham Hotspur 6 5 1 0 15 4 +11 16 Advance to knockout phase
2 Spain Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 17 7 +10 13
3 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 0 2 4 7 13 −6 2[a] Transfer to Europa League
4 Cyprus APOEL 6 0 2 4 2 17 −15 2[a]
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: APOEL 1–1 Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Dortmund 1–1 APOEL (tied on head-to-head results, ranked on total goal difference).
Real Madrid Spain 3–0 Cyprus APOEL
Report
Attendance: 71,060[15]
Tottenham Hotspur England 3–1 Germany Borussia Dortmund
Report
Attendance: 67,343[15]

Borussia Dortmund Germany 1–3 Spain Real Madrid
Report
APOEL Cyprus 0–3 England Tottenham Hotspur
Report
  • Kane Goal 39'62'67'

APOEL Cyprus 1–1 Germany Borussia Dortmund
Report
Attendance: 15,604[17]
Real Madrid Spain 1–1 England Tottenham Hotspur
Report
Attendance: 76,589[17]

Borussia Dortmund Germany 1–1 Cyprus APOEL
Report
Attendance: 64,500[18]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Tottenham Hotspur England 3–1 Spain Real Madrid
Report
Attendance: 83,782[18]

APOEL Cyprus 0–6 Spain Real Madrid
Report
Attendance: 19,705[19]
Borussia Dortmund Germany 1–2 England Tottenham Hotspur
Report
Attendance: 65,849[19]

Real Madrid Spain 3–2 Germany Borussia Dortmund
Report
Tottenham Hotspur England 3–0 Cyprus APOEL
Report
Attendance: 42,679[20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches in 31 October to 6 December 2017, and CEST (UTC+2) for matches in 12 September to 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Qarabağ played their home matches at Olympic Stadium, Baku, instead of their regular stadium Azersun Arena, Baku.
  3. ^ a b c Shakhtar Donetsk played their home matches at Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, instead of their regular stadium Donbass Arena, Donetsk, due to the war conditions in Eastern Ukraine.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2017/18 Season" (PDF). UEFA.com. 4 April 2017. 
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