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Some of the biggest names in Europe can make their way to the knockout stages of the Continent's elite club competition this week, while others are fighting for their lives

Twelve teams will be aiming to join Manchester United, Malaga and Porto in the last 16 on matchday five of the Champions League.

Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Schalke, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Valencia, Barcelona and Celtic can all qualify for the knockout stages in what is sure to be another fascinating round of fixtures.

Several sides, including PSG and BVB, know that victory alone will be enough to secure their passage, while the Rossoneri and Los Blancos, among others, will have to win and rely on results elsewhere.

Of course, there are teams who are fighting for their lives in the competition; the champions of France and England - Montpellier and Manchester City - are staring down the barrel, while big-spending Zenit St Petersburg are also on the verge of an embarrassing exit.

There are sure to be a number of twists and turns as the group stages head for the home straight, so make sure you keep on top of every possible outcome with Goal.com's comprehensive list of permutations.

  GROUP A GP GD PTS
1 Porto Porto     4 3 1 0 4 10
2 PSG Paris Saint-Germain
4 3 0 1 8 9
3 Dynamo Kiev Dinamo Kiev 4 1 1 2 -2 4
4 Dinamo Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb
4 0 0 4 -10 0

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Dinamo Kiev v Paris Saint-Germain
Porto v Dinamo Zagreb
  • Porto have qualified for the last 16, but can secure top spot if they beat Dinamo Zagreb and PSG fail to beat Dynamo Kiev.
  • Paris Saint-Germain can secure qualification to the last 16 if they get at least a point in Kiev.
  • Dinamo Kiev can guarantee Europa League qualification at least if they beat PSG, or if Dinamo Zagreb lose.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have been eliminated from the Champions League.
  GROUP B GP GD PTS
1 Schalke Schalke                    4 2 2 0 3 8
2 Arsenal Arsenal 4 2 1 1 1 7
3 Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos 4 2 0 2 0 6
4 Montpellier Montpellier 4 0 1 3 -4 1

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Arsenal v Montpellier
Schalke v Olympiakos
  • Schalke can progress to the last 16 if they beat Olympiakos.
  • Arsenal can do likewise if they defeat Montpellier.
  • Olympiakos can secure Europa League football at least if they beat Schalke.
  • Montpellier will be eliminated from the Champions League if they lose to Arsenal, or if they draw in London and Olympiakos beat Schalke.
  GROUP C GP GD PTS
1 Malaga Malaga 4 3 1 0 7 10
2 AC Milan AC Milan 4 1 2 1 0 5
3 Zenit Anderlecht
4 1 1 2 -3 4
4 Zenit Zenit St Petersburg 4 1 0 3 -4 3

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Zenit St Petersburg v Malaga
Anderlecht v AC Milan
  • Malaga have qualified for the last 16, but can secure top spot if they get at least a point against Zenit St Petersburg.
  • AC Milan can also make the knockout stages if they beat Anderlecht and Zenit fail to beat Malaga.
  • Anderlecht can qualify for the Europa League at least if they beat AC Milan and Zenit lose to Malaga.
  • Zenit will be eliminated if they fail to beat Malaga and AC Milan beat Anderlecht.
  GROUP D GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund        4 2 2 0 2 8
2 Real Madrid Real Madrid 4 2 1 1 3 7
3 Ajax Ajax
4 1 1 2 -2 4
4 Manchester City Manchester City
4 0 2 2 -3 2

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Ajax v Borussia Dortmund
Manchester City v Real Madrid
  • Borussia Dortmund can qualify for the last 16 if they get a point against Ajax, and will secure top spot if they win and Real Madrid fail to beat Manchester City.
  • Real Madrid can also secure a place in the knockout stages if they beat Manchester City and Ajax fail to beat Borussia Dortmund.
  • Madrid could even draw and still qualify, so long as Ajax lose against Borussia Dortmund.
  • Ajax can clinch Europa League football at least if they beat Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City do not win against Real Madrid.
  • But Ajax will be eliminated from the Champions League if Real Madrid win and the Dutch side fail to emerge victorious.
  • Manchester City will be ejected from European competition if they lose to Real Madrid and Ajax get at least a point against Borussia Dortmund.
  • City could also suffer a similar fate if they do not beat Real Madrid.
  GROUP E
GP GD PTS
1 Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk 4 2 1 1 2 7
2 Chelsea Chelsea   4 2 1 1 4 7
3 Juventus Juventus 4 1 3 0 4 6
4 Nordsjaelland Nordsjaelland 4 0 1 3 -10 1

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Juventus v Chelsea
Nordsjaelland v Shakhtar
  • Shakhtar can qualify for the last 16 if they beat Nordsjaelland, and Chelsea beat Juventus.
  • Chelsea will secure a place in the knockout stages if they win against Juventus.
  • The top three sides will be assured of Europa League football at least if Nordsjaelland do not beat Shakhtar.
  • Nordsjaelland will be eliminated from European competition if they fail to beat Shakhtar.
  GROUP F
GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich Bayern Munich 4 3 0 1 5 9
2 Valencia Valencia
4 3 0 1 6 9
3 Valencia BATE Borisov 4 2 0 2 -1 6
4 Lille Lille 4 0 0 4 -10 0

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Valencia v Bayern Munich
BATE Borisov v Lille
  • Valencia and Bayern Munich will both qualify for the last 16 if they draw, and Lille beat BATE.
  • Bayern will qualify if they beat Valencia and BATE fail to beat Lille.
  • Valencia will reach the knockout stages if they beat Bayern, or if Lille beat BATE due to a superior head-to-head record.
  • BATE can secure Europa League qualification at least if they get a point against Lille.
  • Lille have been eliminated from the Champions League.
  GROUP G
GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona Barcelona 4 3 0 1 3 9
2 Celtic Celtic 4 2 1 1 1 7
3 Benfica Benfica
4 1 1 2 -1 4
4 Spartak Spartak Moscow 4 1 0 3 -3 3

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Spartak Moscow v Barcelona
Benfica v Celtic
  • Barcelona will qualify for the last 16 if they beat Spartak Moscow.
  • Barcelona can go through as group winners if they win and Benfica get at least a point against Celtic.
  • Celtic can qualify for the last 16 if they beat Benfica.
  • Benfica will secure Europa League football at least if they beat Celtic.
  • Spartak Moscow will be eliminated from European competition if they lose and Benfica beat Celtic.
  GROUP H
GP GD PTS
1 Manchester United Manchester United     4 4 0 0 5 12
2 Galatasaray Galatasaray 4 1 1 2 -1 4
3 CFR Cluj Cluj 4 1 1 2 -1 4
4 Sporting Braga Braga 4 1 0 3 -3 3

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Galatasaray v Manchester United
Cluj v Braga
  • Manchester United have qualified as group winners.
  • Cluj will be eliminated from the Champions League if they lose to Braga and Galatasaray beat Manchester United.
  • Braga will be knocked out of European competition if they lose to Cluj, and Galatasaray beat Manchester United.
The finale of the 2012 European Championship group stage qualifiers has arrived. With only one more matchday to go, it's time for the proverbial do or die.

Germany became the first team to join co-hosts Poland and Ukraine in the tournament finals, and Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and England have since followed them.

That leaves the likes of France, Russia, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Serbia and Scotland, among others, to tussle for the remaining nine spots: four will go to the group winners, one to the best runners-up amongst all the groups, and four more via the play-offs.

Which teams will safely secure automatic entry to the Euro 2012 finals this Tuesday? Who will have to settle for the two-legged play-off? And which nation will have their hearts broken?

First, here is a reminder of the qualification rules:

- Group winners qualify automatically for the finals.

- One group runner-up with the best record (most points in games against the top five teams in the group) will also gain direct qualification.

- The remaining eight runners-up will contest a two-legged play-off and the winners will qualify to make up the 16 finalists.

- If teams are level on points at the end of the group matches, the following tie-breaker criteria will take precedence:
   i.) higher number of points won in the group games between the teams in question
  ii.) superior goal difference in the group games between the teams in question only
 iii.) higher number of goals scored in the group games between the teams in question only
 iv.) higher number of goals scored away from home in the group games between the teams in question only

KEY:
Q = Qualified for last 16
W = Group winners
X = Cannot advance to last 16
E = Qualified for Europa League round of 32

  GROUP A GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich Bayern Munich       4 3 1 0 5 10
2 Man City Manchester City 4 2 1 1 2 7
3 Napoli Napoli 4 1 2 1 1 5
4 Villarreal Villarreal (x) 4 0 0 4 -8 0

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Bayern Munich v Villarreal
Napoli v Manchester City
  • Bayern Munich will qualify for the last 16 with a victory or a draw on matchday five. They will be guaranteed as group winners if they beat Villarreal and Manchester City fail to match their result.
  • Manchester City can only qualify for the last 16 on matchday five with a win over Napoli. Victory will also ensure they stay in the race to finish as group winners.
  • Napoli will not progress ay further if they lose to Manchester City. A win will not only keep them in contention for a last 16 berth but will guarantee them a place in the Europa League round of 32.
  • Villarreal cannot advance any further in the Champions League. They can only stay in the race for a Europa League spot if they beat Bayern Munich and Napoli fail to win against Manchester City.
  GROUP B GP GD PTS
1 FC Internazionale Milano Inter                      4 3 0 1 2 9
2 PFC CSKA Moskva CSKA Moscow   4 1 2 1 2 5
3 Trabzonspor Trabzonspor 4 1 2 1 -2 5
4 Lille Lille 4 0 2 2 -2 2

MATCHDAY FIVE:
CSKA Moscow v Lille
Trabzonspor v Inter
  • Inter will qualify for the last 16 as long as they avoid defeat to Trabzonspor. A victory will ensure they win the group with one matchday to spare. A draw will be enough provided CSKA Moscow do not beat Lille.
  • CSKA Moscow will qualify for the last 16 as group runners-up if they win on matchday five and Trabzonspor lose. 
  • Trabzonspor cannot guarantee last 16 qualification on matchday five even with a victory and a CSKA Moscow defeat. However, they will be out of contention if they lose to Inter and CSKA win. They will ensure a Europa League spot as long as Lille fail to at least equal their result on matchday five.
  • Lille need a win to stay in the race for a last 16 berth. A draw against CSKA Moscow with a 2-2 score or higher will keep them in contention, provided Trabzonspor lose on matchday five.

  GROUP C GP GD PTS
1 Man Utd. Manchester United 4 2 2 0 4 8
2 Benfica Benfica 4 2 2 0 3 8
3 Basel Basel 4 1 2 1 -1 5
4 Otelul Galati Otelul Galati (x) 4 0 0 4 -6 0

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Manchester United v Benfica
Otelul Galati v Basel
  • Manchester United will qualify for the last 16 as long as they avoid defeat on matchday five and Basel lose to Otelul Galati. They will be guaranteed as group winners if they beat Benfica and Basel fail to win.
  • Benfica will qualify for the last 16 as long as they avoid defeat on matchday five and Basel lose to Otelul Galati. They will be guaranteed as group winners if they beat Manchester United, regardless of Basel's result.
  • Basel must avoid defeat on matchday five and hope Benfica do not win to stay in contention for a last 16 place. They will, however, be guaranteed a place in the Europa League round of 32 as long as they do not lose to Otelul Galati.
  • Otelul Galati cannot advance any further in the Champions League. They will be eliminated from European competition altogether if they fail to win against Basel.

  GROUP D GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid Real Madrid            4 4 0 0 10 12
2 Ajax Ajax 4 2 1 1 3 7
3 O. Lyon Lyon 4 1 1 2 -4 4
4 Dinamo Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb 4 0 0 4 -9 0

MATCHDAY FIVE:
Lyon v Ajax
Real Madrid v Dinamo Zagreb
  • Real Madrid have qualified for the last 16. They will win the group on matchday five if they beat Dinamo Zagreb. A draw will be enough provided Ajax fail to defeat Lyon.
  • Ajax will be assured of a last 16 spot with a win at Lyon. A score draw will be sufficient as they drew 0-0 at home in the reverse fixture. 
  • Lyon must win on matchday five to stay in the hunt for a last 16 berth. However, they will secure a place in the Europa League provided Dinamo Zagreb do not better their result.
  • Dinamo Zagreb cannot advance any further in the Champions League. They will be eliminated from European competition altogether if they lose at Real Madrid. However, a victory will not be enough if Lyon win against Ajax.

  GROUP E
GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea Chelsea                  4 2 2 0 7 8
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