Lyon v. Barcelona Champions League (UCL)

Lyon v. Barcelona Champions League This is part of our Champions League coverage, as always, there’s more on our Champions League page! FC Barcelona, winner of Group B, will face off against the runner up of Group F, Lyon, for a chance to proceed further in the competition. Barcelona is no stranger to success in … Read moreLyon v. Barcelona Champions League (UCL)

Champions League – Round of 16 Draw

Champions League is taking a break until February now that the group stage is complete. But before it does, they needed to determine the pairings for the next round of matches.

The draw took place this morning at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. As a reminder, here’s how the eight groups were settled during group play:

Group

Winners (seeded in draw)Runners-up (unseeded in draw)

A

Borussia Dortmund (GER)Atlético Madrid (ESP)

B

Barcelona (ESP)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

C

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Liverpool (ENG)

D

Porto (POR)Schalke 04 (GER)

E

Bayern Munich (GER)Ajax (NED)

F

Manchester City (ENG)Lyon (FRA)

G

Real Madrid (ESP)Roma (ITA)

H

Juventus (ITA)Manchester United (ENG)

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Champions League – Matchday 6 Recap

The Champions League group stage is now complete, with 16 clubs through to the knockout phase that will begin in February. We’ll know the matchups after the draw takes place on Monday, but before we get there, we should finally get around to recapping what happened on Matchday 6.

We entered Matchday six with most of the spots decided, with only seeding needing to be determined in a couple of groups. We covered six matches from four groups in advance of the matches this week that were going to have the most impact on the final results, and those will be the same matches we cover here.

Note: If you missed our scenarios for Matchday 6 – which has also been updated to reflect the results from Tuesday and Wednesday, you can read it here.

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Champions League Group F – Shakhtar Donetsk v Lyon

Champions League Group F

Group F already has a winner. Manchester City has clinched the first position as they hold the tiebreaker over Lyon, the only club that can match them with 10 points. The match that matters today is the one that will determine who places second and who will be off to Europa League’s knockout stage.

Shakhtar Donetsk

The Ukrainian champion enters the Champions League during the group stage as a result of Ukraine’s football association being ranked 8th in UEFA (partially based on Shakhtar’s own relative success in previous European competition). They reached the Round of 16 last year after finishing second in their group, and they are hoping for a similar result this year.

Shakhtar is the class of the top Ukrainian league – now known as the Premier League. In 27 seasons, Shakhtar has won the league 11 times (including the past two), as well as 12 second-place finishes. They have also won 12 Ukrainian Cups during the same period. This season, they currently lead the Premier League by seven points over Dynamo Kyiv, having lost only once thus far during the season with a +34 goal differential through 18 matches.

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(UPDATED) Champions League – Matchday 6 Scenarios

It’s time for Matchday 6 in Champions League. Four matches will be played each of the next two days, and while some of the matches won’t matter, there are still 12 spots up for grabs in the knockout phase. Beyond that, there are three groups that have yet to find a third-place finisher – those clubs head over to Europa League’s knockout phase – so we will try to point you towards the games that matter before the Champions League takes a two month hiatus and returns in February.

It’s important to win the group in order to be seeded in the draw for the knockout phase. The seeded team gets to host the second match of the two legs, allowing the seeded club to overcome a poor road showing in their first match if necessary. As mentioned, third place clubs head to Europa, and they too want to do their best, as the top four third-place finishers are seeded in the knockout phase of Europa League.

I’ll be using FiveThirtyEight’s Champions League Predictions when I talk about the various chances for placement within the groups, and reflect the club’s chances of claiming that particular spot. Here’s a group-by-group summary of how today’s results will impact the ending tables, with teams in bold locked into that position:

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Champions League – Matchday 1 Recap

The first 16 matches have been completed in the Champions League, and they mostly went as expected. But there were still some surprises, and this will highlight some of those results instead of the so-so march to the final that it seems that Real Madrid is on yet again (they started things off with a 3-0 victory at home against Roma).

Here are some of the more shocking results of the first round of matches from around Europe (based on UEFA rankings heading into the match or location). Home teams are listed first:

Manchester City 1-2 Lyon
Manchester City qualified for the Champions League group stage as the top club from the English Premier League last season, winning in dominating fashion, losing only two games and dropping a total of 14 points all season (32-4-2), on their way to the first 100 point season in Premier League history. Lyon, on the other hand, qualified based on their third-place finish in Ligue 1 on France, distantly behind champion Paris Saint-Germain and only one point ahead of fourth-place Marseille. Yet the Kids from Lyon defeated Manchester City at Etihad Stadium in their first match in the Champions League.
Manchester City is still favored to win the group, and still have the fourth-best chance of winning the entirety of the Champions League, but getting behind 2-0 at home to the third best team in the group isn’t a good start. They’ll need to bounce back against 1899 Hoffenheim in Germany in a couple of weeks to prove that the opening match wasn’t a fluke and to get back on the winning path. Lyon, on the other hand, faces off against Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk at home, hoping to continue the fight for a second place finish and advancement to the Round of 16.

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