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Goal.com looks at the state of play and runs through the teams that can secure a place in the knockout stage on matchday six

We're heading for the business end of the 2011-12 Champions League group phase. After matchday five, nine teams have booked their ticket to the last 16, leaving seven places up for grabs.

AC Milan, APOEL, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Inter and Real Madrid can all rest easy in the final round of group matches on December 6 and 7, knowing that they'll be back in action in Europe's premier club competition in February when the knockout stage kicks off.

But for the likes of Ajax, Chelsea, Lyon, Manchester City, Manchester United, Marseille, Napoli, Porto and Valencia, there will be sleepless nights heading into matchday six as they fight for their lives to remain in the competition.

Who will secure the last seven berths to the Champions League round of 16? Who will have to endure an early Christmas heartbreak?

Before we bring you the qualification scenarios and permutations, here are the Champions League tie-breaker criteria to separate teams that are level on points:

   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
  v.) superior goal difference from all group games
 vi.) higher number of goals scored from all group games



GROUP A GP



GD
PTS
1
Bayern Munich Bayern Munich      
5
4
1
0
7
13
2
Napoli Napoli 5
2
2
1
2
8
3
Man City Manchester City 5
2
1
2
1
7
4
Villarreal Villarreal
5
0
0
5
-10
0

MATCHDAY SIX:
Manchester City v Bayern Munich
Villarreal v Napoli
  • Bayern Munich have qualified for the last 16 as group winners.
  • Napoli will progress to the last 16 if they beat Villarreal in their last group game. They will also go through regardless of their result if Manchester City fail to beat Bayer Munich.
  • Manchester City can only advance to the last 16 if they beat Bayern Munich and Napoli fail to win at Villarreal.
  • Villarreal have been eliminated from European competition altogether.

GROUP B GP



GD
PTS
1
FC Internazionale Milano Inter                     
5
3
1
1
2
10
2
Trabzonspor Trabzonspor 
5
1
3
1
-2
6
3
Lille Lille 5
1
2
2
0 5
4
PFC CSKA Moskva CSKA Moscow 5
1
2
2
0
5

MATCHDAY SIX:
Lille v Trabzonspor
Inter v CSKA Moscow
  • Inter have qualified for the last 16 as group winners.
  • Trabzonspor will progress to the last 16 if they beat Lille on matchday six. A draw will be enough provided CSKA Moscow fail to win at Inter.
  • Lille can only advance to the last 16 if they beat Trabzonspor.
  • CSKA Moscow can still qualify for the last 16 but only if they defeat Inter and Lille and Trabzonspor finish in a draw.

GROUP C GP



GD
PTS
1
Benfica Benfica
5
2
3
0
3
9
2
Man Utd. Manchester United 5
2
3
0
4
9
3
Basel Basel 5
2
2
1
0
8
4
Otelul Galati Otelul Galati
5
0
0
5
-7
0

MATCHDAY SIX:
Basel v Manchester United
Benfica v Otelul Galati
  • Benfica have qualified for the last 16. They will go through as group winners if they beat Otelul Galati on matchday six. A draw will be enough provided Basel and Manchester United also end in a draw.
  • Manchester United will progress to the last 16 as long as they avoid defeat to Basel in the final group game. They can only top the group if they win and Benfica fail to beat Otelul Galati. A draw will be enough if Benfica lose.
  • Basel will advance to the last 16 if they defeat Manchester United. They can still win the group but only if they beat United and Benfica fail to win against Otelul Galati.
  • Otelul Galati have been eliminated from European competition altogether.

GROUP D GP



GD
PTS
1
Real Madrid Real Madrid           
5
5
0
0
14
15
2
Ajax Ajax 5
2
2
1
3
8
3
O. Lyon Lyon 5
1
2
2
-4
5
4
Dinamo Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb
5
0
0
4
-13
0

MATCHDAY SIX:
Ajax v Real Madrid
Dinamo Zagreb v Lyon
  • Real Madrid have qualified for the last 16 as group winners.
  • Ajax will be guaranteed a spot in the last 16 if they avoid defeat to Real Madrid on matchday six. They can also go through even if they lose (and Lyon win), provided they maintain their superior goal difference to Lyon in the final group standings.
  • Lyon can only advance to the last 16 if they beat Dinamo Zagreb (and Ajax lose to Real Madrid) by a significant margin to overtake Ajax on goal difference in the final group standings.
  • Dinamo Zagreb have been eliminated from European competition altogether.

GROUP E
GP



GD
PTS
1
Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen  
5
3
0 2 0
9
2
Chelsea Chelsea  
5
2
2
1
6
8
3
Valencia Valencia
5
2
2
1
8
8
4
KRC Genk Genk
5
0
2
3
-14
2

MATCHDAY SIX:
Chelsea v Valencia
Genk v Bayer Leverkusen
  • Bayer Leverkusen have qualified for the last 16. They will win the group if they defeat Genk. They will still finish top even with a draw or defeat provided Chelsea and Valencia end in a draw*.
  • Chelsea will progress to the last 16 if they beat Valencia on matchday six. A 0-0 draw will also be enough. They can go through as group winners if they beat Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen fail to win at Genk.
  • Valencia will advance to the last 16 if they defeat Chelsea. A draw with a 1-1 scoreline or higher will be enough. They can go through as group winners if they beat Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen fail to win at Genk.
    * If Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea and Valencia all finish with nine points in the group, Bayer will be ahead as they have six points to Chelsea and Valencia's five in matches between the three teams.
  • Genk have been eliminated from European competition altogether.

GROUP F
GP



GD
PTS
1
Arsenal Arsenal
5
3
2
0
3
11
2
Marseille Marseille
5
2
1
2
2
7
3
Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos
5
2
0
3
0
6
4
Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund 5
1
1
3
-5
4

MATCHDAY SIX:
Olympiakos v Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund v Marseille
  • Arsenal have qualified for the last 16 as group winners.
  • Marseille will progress to the last 16 if they win at Borussia Dortmund on matchday six. They will also go through as long as they match Olympiakos' result against Arsenal.
  • Olympiakos can only advance to the last 16 if they beat Arsenal and Marseille lose at Borussia Dortmund. A draw will be enough if Marseille lose by exactly 2-0*, or by three goals or more.
    * (based on criteria vi. of the tie-breaker, Olympiakos will qualify by having scored more goals in all group games as goal difference will be levelled) 
  • Borussia Dortmund will only make the last 16 if they beat Marseille by four goals or more and Olympiakos lose to Arsenal. Dortmund can move above Marseille but cannot leapfrog Olympiakos if all three teams finish level on points.

GROUP G
GP



GD
PTS
1
APOEL Nicosia APOEL
5
2
3
0
2
9
2
Zenit Zenit St Petersburg
5
2
2
1
2
8
3
Porto Porto
5
2
1
2
0
7
4
Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk
5
0
2
3
-4
2

MATCHDAY SIX:
Porto v Zenit St Petersburg
APOEL v Shakhtar Donetsk
  • APOEL have qualified for the last 16. They wil go through as group winners if they beat Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday six. A draw will be enough provided Zenit St. Petersburg do not win at Porto. They can also top the group even in defeat if Zenit and Porto draw.
  • Zenit St. Petersburg will progress to the last 16 if they avoid defeat to Porto. They can go through as group winners if they beat Porto and APOEL fail to win against Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • Porto will advance to the last 16 if they beat Zenit St. Petersburg. They can go through as group winners if they defeat Zenit and APOEL lose to Shakhtar Donetsk.
  • Shakhtar Donetsk have been eliminated from European competition altogether.

GROUP H
GP



GD
PTS
1
Barcelona Barcelona              
5
4
1
0
12
13
2
AC Milan AC Milan
5
2
2
1
3
8
3
FC Viktoria Plzeň Viktoria Plzen
5
1
1
3
-7
4
4
BATE BATE Borisov 5
0
2
3
-8
2

MATCHDAY SIX:
Barcelona v BATE Borisov
Viktoria Plzen v AC Milan
  • Barcelona have qualified for the last 16 as group winners.
  • AC Milan have progressed to the last 16 as group runners-up.
  • Viktoria Plzen will seal a place in the Europa League round of 32 as long as they avoid defeat to Milan on matchday six. They will also go through regardless of their result if BATE Borisov fail to win at Barcelona.
  • BATE Borisov can only advance to the Europa League round of 32 if they beat Barcelona and Viktoria Plzen lose to Milan.
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
2

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