2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage

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The 2018–19 UEFA Champions League group stage began on 18 September and is scheduled to end on 12 December 2018.[1] A total of 32 teams compete in the group stage to decide the 16 places in the knockout phase of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League.[2]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the group stage was held on 30 August 2018, 18:00 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[3]

The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on the following principles (Regulations Article 13.06):[2]

  • Pot 1 contains the Champions League title holders, the Europa League title holders, and the champions of the top six associations based on their 2017 UEFA country coefficients.[4] If either the Champions League or Europa League title holders are one of the champions of the top six associations, the champions of the association ranked seventh (and possibly eighth) are also seeded into Pot 1.
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contains the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2018 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 is 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 play their matches on Tuesday, while the other set of four groups play their matches on Wednesday, with the two sets of groups alternating between each matchday. The following pairings were announced by UEFA after the group stage teams were confirmed:[3][7]

  • Spain: Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Valencia
  • Germany: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04 and 1899 Hoffenheim
  • England: Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Liverpool
  • Italy: Juventus and Internazionale, Napoli and Roma
  • France: Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon
  • Russia: Lokomotiv Moscow and CSKA Moscow
  • Portugal: Porto and Benfica
  • Netherlands: PSV Eindhoven and Ajax

The fixtures are 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 do not use the seeding pots, e.g., Team 1 is not necessarily the team from Pot 1 in the draw.

Group stage schedule
Matchday Dates Matches
Matchday 1 18–19 September 2018 2 v 3, 4 v 1
Matchday 2 2–3 October 2018 1 v 2, 3 v 4
Matchday 3 23–24 October 2018 3 v 1, 2 v 4
Matchday 4 6–7 November 2018 1 v 3, 4 v 2
Matchday 5 27–28 November 2018 3 v 2, 1 v 4
Matchday 6 11–12 December 2018 2 v 1, 4 v 3

There are scheduling restrictions: for example, teams from the same city (e.g., Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid) in general are not scheduled to play at home on the same matchday (to avoid them playing at home on the same day or on consecutive days, due to logistics and crowd control), and teams from "winter countries" (e.g., Russia) are not scheduled to play at home on the last matchday (due to cold weather).

Teams[edit]

Below are the participating teams (with their 2018 UEFA club coefficients),[5] grouped by their seeding pot. They include:

Key to colours
Group winners and runners-up advance to round of 16
Third-placed teams enter Europa League round of 32
All other teams are eliminated
Pot 1 (by association rank)[4]
Assoc. Team Coeff.[5]
TH Spain Real Madrid 162.000
EL Spain Atlético Madrid 140.000
1 Spain Barcelona 132.000
2 Germany Bayern Munich 135.000
3 England Manchester City 100.000
4 Italy Juventus 126.000
5 France Paris Saint-Germain 109.000
6 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 22.500
Pot 2
Team Notes Coeff.[5]
Germany Borussia Dortmund 89.000
Portugal Porto 86.000
England Manchester United 82.000
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 81.000
Portugal Benfica [LP] 80.000
Italy Napoli 78.000
England Tottenham Hotspur 67.000
Italy Roma 64.000
Pot 3
Team Notes Coeff.[5]
England Liverpool 62.000
Germany Schalke 04 62.000
France Lyon 59.500
France Monaco 57.000
Netherlands Ajax [LP] 53.500
Russia CSKA Moscow 45.000
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven [CP] 36.000
Spain Valencia 36.000
Pot 4
Team Notes Coeff.[5]
Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 33.000
Belgium Club Brugge 29.500
Turkey Galatasaray 29.500
Switzerland Young Boys [CP] 20.500
Italy Internazionale 16.000
Germany 1899 Hoffenheim 14.285
Serbia Red Star Belgrade [CP] 10.750
Greece AEK Athens [CP] 10.000
Notes
  1. TH Champions League title holders, automatically placed into Pot 1 as top seed.
  2. EL Europa League title holders, automatically placed into Pot 1 as second top seed.
  3. CP Winners of play-off round (Champions Path).
  4. LP Winners of play-off round (League Path).

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.

Tiebreakers[edit]

Teams are 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 are 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 are 18–19 September, 2–3 October, 23–24 October, 6–7 November, 27–28 November, and 11–12 December 2018.[1] The scheduled kickoff times are 21:00 CET/CEST, with two matches on each Tuesday and Wednesday scheduled for 18:55 CET/CEST.[8]

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

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification DOR ATL BRU MON
1 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4 6 Advance to knockout phase 24 Oct 28 Nov 3–0
2 Spain Atlético Madrid 2 2 0 0 5 2 +3 6 6 Nov 3–1 28 Nov
3 Belgium Club Brugge 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 0 Transfer to Europa League 0–1 11 Dec 24 Oct
4 France Monaco 2 0 0 2 1 5 −4 0 11 Dec 1–2 6 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Club Brugge Belgium0–1Germany Borussia Dortmund
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Monaco France1–2Spain Atlético Madrid
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Attendance: 10,575[9]

Atlético Madrid Spain3–1Belgium Club Brugge
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Borussia Dortmund Germany3–0France Monaco
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Club Brugge BelgiumvFrance Monaco
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Borussia Dortmund GermanyvSpain Atlético Madrid
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Monaco FrancevBelgium Club Brugge
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Atlético Madrid SpainvGermany Borussia Dortmund
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Atlético Madrid SpainvFrance Monaco
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Borussia Dortmund GermanyvBelgium Club Brugge
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Club Brugge BelgiumvSpain Atlético Madrid
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Monaco FrancevGermany Borussia Dortmund
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Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification BAR INT TOT PSV
1 Spain Barcelona 2 2 0 0 8 2 +6 6 Advance to knockout phase 24 Oct 11 Dec 4–0
2 Italy Internazionale 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 6 Nov 2–1 11 Dec
3 England Tottenham Hotspur 2 0 0 2 3 6 −3 0 Transfer to Europa League 2–4 28 Nov 6 Nov
4 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0 28 Nov 1–2 24 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Barcelona Spain4–0Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
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Internazionale Italy2–1England Tottenham Hotspur
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Attendance: 64,123[9]

Tottenham Hotspur England2–4Spain Barcelona
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PSV Eindhoven Netherlands1–2Italy Internazionale
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PSV Eindhoven NetherlandsvEngland Tottenham Hotspur
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Barcelona SpainvItaly Internazionale
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Tottenham Hotspur EnglandvNetherlands PSV Eindhoven
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Internazionale ItalyvSpain Barcelona
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PSV Eindhoven NetherlandsvSpain Barcelona
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Tottenham Hotspur EnglandvItaly Internazionale
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Barcelona SpainvEngland Tottenham Hotspur
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Internazionale ItalyvNetherlands PSV Eindhoven
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Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification NAP LIV PAR ZVE
1 Italy Napoli 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 6 Nov 28 Nov
2 England Liverpool 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3[a] 11 Dec 3–2 24 Oct
3 France Paris Saint-Germain 2 1 0 1 8 4 +4 3[a] Transfer to Europa League 24 Oct 28 Nov 6–1
4 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2 0 1 1 1 6 −5 1 0–0 6 Nov 11 Dec
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Liverpool 3, Paris Saint-Germain 0.
Liverpool England3–2France Paris Saint-Germain
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Attendance: 52,478[9]
Red Star Belgrade Serbia0–0Italy Napoli
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Paris Saint-Germain France6–1Serbia Red Star Belgrade
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Napoli Italy1–0England Liverpool
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Attendance: 37,057[10]

Paris Saint-Germain FrancevItaly Napoli
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Liverpool EnglandvSerbia Red Star Belgrade
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Red Star Belgrade SerbiavEngland Liverpool
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Napoli ItalyvFrance Paris Saint-Germain
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Paris Saint-Germain FrancevEngland Liverpool
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Napoli ItalyvSerbia Red Star Belgrade
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Liverpool EnglandvItaly Napoli
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Red Star Belgrade SerbiavFrance Paris Saint-Germain
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Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification POR SCH GAL LOM
1 Portugal Porto 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4[a] Advance to knockout phase 28 Nov 1–0 6 Nov
2 Germany Schalke 04 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4[a] 1–1 6 Nov 11 Dec
3 Turkey Galatasaray 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3 Transfer to Europa League 11 Dec 24 Oct 3–0
4 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2 0 0 2 0 4 −4 0 24 Oct 0–1 28 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 3 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head away goals: Porto 1, Schalke 04 0.
Galatasaray Turkey3–0Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
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Schalke 04 Germany1–1Portugal Porto
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Lokomotiv Moscow Russia0–1Germany Schalke 04
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Attendance: 21,471[10]
Porto Portugal1–0Turkey Galatasaray
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Lokomotiv Moscow RussiavPortugal Porto
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Galatasaray TurkeyvGermany Schalke 04
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Porto PortugalvRussia Lokomotiv Moscow
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Schalke 04 GermanyvTurkey Galatasaray
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Lokomotiv Moscow RussiavTurkey Galatasaray
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Porto PortugalvGermany Schalke 04
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Galatasaray TurkeyvPortugal Porto
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Schalke 04 GermanyvRussia Lokomotiv Moscow
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Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification AJX BAY BEN AEK
1 Netherlands Ajax 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 4[a] Advance to knockout phase 12 Dec 23 Oct 3–0
2 Germany Bayern Munich 2 1 1 0 3 1 +2 4[a] 1–1 27 Nov 7 Nov
3 Portugal Benfica 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1 3 Transfer to Europa League 7 Nov 0–2 12 Dec
4 Greece AEK Athens 2 0 0 2 2 6 −4 0 27 Nov 23 Oct 2–3
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head away goals: Ajax 1, Bayern Munich 0.
Ajax Netherlands3–0Greece AEK Athens
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Benfica Portugal0–2Germany Bayern Munich
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Bayern Munich Germany1–1Netherlands Ajax
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AEK Athens Greece2–3Portugal Benfica
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Attendance: 31,154[13]

AEK Athens GreecevGermany Bayern Munich
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Ajax NetherlandsvPortugal Benfica
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Bayern Munich GermanyvGreece AEK Athens
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Benfica PortugalvNetherlands Ajax
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AEK Athens GreecevNetherlands Ajax
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Bayern Munich GermanyvPortugal Benfica
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Ajax NetherlandsvGermany Bayern Munich
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Benfica PortugalvGreece AEK Athens
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Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification LYO MC SHK HOF
1 France Lyon 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4 Advance to knockout phase 27 Nov 2–2 7 Nov
2 England Manchester City 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3 1–2 7 Nov 12 Dec
3 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2 0 2 0 4 4 0 2 Transfer to Europa League 12 Dec 23 Oct 2–2
4 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1 1 23 Oct 1–2 27 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine2–2Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
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Manchester City England1–2France Lyon
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1899 Hoffenheim Germany1–2England Manchester City
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Lyon France2–2Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
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1899 Hoffenheim GermanyvFrance Lyon
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Lyon FrancevGermany 1899 Hoffenheim
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Manchester City EnglandvUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk
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1899 Hoffenheim GermanyvUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk
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Lyon FrancevEngland Manchester City
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Shakhtar Donetsk UkrainevFrance Lyon
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Manchester City EnglandvGermany 1899 Hoffenheim
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Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification CSKA RM ROM PLZ
1 Russia CSKA Moscow 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 7 Nov 27 Nov
2 Spain Real Madrid 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2 3[a] 12 Dec 3–0 23 Oct
3 Italy Roma 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2 3[a] Transfer to Europa League 23 Oct 27 Nov 5–0
4 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň 2 0 1 1 2 7 −5 1 2–2 7 Nov 12 Dec
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Real Madrid 3, Roma 0.
Real Madrid Spain3–0Italy Roma
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Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic2–2Russia CSKA Moscow
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Attendance: 11,312[12]

CSKA Moscow Russia1–0Spain Real Madrid
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Roma Italy5–0Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
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Attendance: 41,243[13]

Roma ItalyvRussia CSKA Moscow
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Real Madrid SpainvCzech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
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CSKA Moscow RussiavItaly Roma
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Viktoria Plzeň Czech RepublicvSpain Real Madrid
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CSKA Moscow RussiavCzech Republic Viktoria Plzeň
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Roma ItalyvSpain Real Madrid
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Real Madrid SpainvRussia CSKA Moscow
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Viktoria Plzeň Czech RepublicvItaly Roma
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Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification JUV MU VAL YB
1 Italy Juventus 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6 Advance to knockout phase 7 Nov 27 Nov 3–0
2 England Manchester United 2 1 1 0 3 0 +3 4 23 Oct 0–0 27 Nov
3 Spain Valencia 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1 Transfer to Europa League 0–2 12 Dec 7 Nov
4 Switzerland Young Boys 2 0 0 2 0 6 −6 0 12 Dec 0–3 23 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 2 October 2018. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Young Boys Switzerland0–3England Manchester United
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Attendance: 31,120[12]
Valencia Spain0–2Italy Juventus
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Attendance: 46,067[12]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Juventus Italy3–0Switzerland Young Boys
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Attendance: 40,961[13]
Manchester United England0–0Spain Valencia
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Young Boys SwitzerlandvSpain Valencia
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Manchester United EnglandvItaly Juventus
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Valencia SpainvSwitzerland Young Boys
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Juventus ItalyvEngland Manchester United
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Manchester United EnglandvSwitzerland Young Boys
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Juventus ItalyvSpain Valencia
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Young Boys SwitzerlandvItaly Juventus
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Valencia SpainvEngland Manchester United
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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for dates up to 27 October 2018 (matchdays 1–3), and CET (UTC+1) for dates thereafter (matchdays 4–6).
  2. ^ a b c Tottenham Hotspur play their home matches at Wembley Stadium, London, instead of their regular stadium Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, due to delays with the construction of their new stadium.[11]
  3. ^ a b c Shakhtar Donetsk play their home matches at Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, instead of their regular stadium Donbass Arena, Donetsk, due to the war conditions in Eastern Ukraine.
  4. ^ The Lyon v Shakhtar Donetsk match was played behind closed doors due to punishment by UEFA.[14]
  5. ^ a b c CSKA Moscow play their home matches at the Luzhniki Stadium instead of their regular stadium VEB Arena, Moscow.[15]
  6. ^ The Manchester United v Valencia match, originally scheduled for 21:00 CEST, was delayed to 21:05 CEST due to late team arrival caused by heavy traffic.[16]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b "Country coefficients 2016/17". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 6 June 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Emergency Panel decisions". UEFA. 17 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Champions League group stage draw: all you need to know". UEFA.com. 29 August 2018.
  8. ^ "2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage fixtures" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Full Time Summary Matchday 1 – Tuesday 18 September 2018" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Full Time Summary Matchday 2 – Wednesday 3 October 2018" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  11. ^ Kilpatrick, Dan. "Tottenham confirm Wembley date for Manchester City match and stadium will stage Champions League group stage". Evening Standard.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h "Full Time Summary Matchday 1 – Wednesday 19 September 2018" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h "Full Time Summary Matchday 2 – Tuesday 2 October 2018" (PDF). UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  14. ^ "UEFA order Lyon to play Champions League game behind closed doors". ESPN. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Luzhniki to host UCL games". PFC CSKA Moscow. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  16. ^ "PREVIEW Man United vs Valencia DELAYED: Live stream, TV channel, kick off time and team news in Champions League match". The Sun. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.

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