The 2017-18 Champions League group stage plays out

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Manchester City have the joint third highest average possession in the Champions League at 59.6% - a mantle they share with Real Madrid.

That's good news for UEFA, with the Champions League regularly facing criticism for too many group stage games counting for too little.

Striker Dimitri Oberlin scored twice in the first meeting against Benfica and is the club's leading scorer in Champions League despite being only 20-years-old.

Group A, comprising Manchester United, has three teams vying for last-16 place. Anything less in their match against Atletico Madrid and the team could fall out of first place. The story is what happened to Benfica, risking losing all of their Champions League group stage games if they can't come up with something against Basel on Tuesday.

Teams from the same group or country can not be drawn against one another.

PSG and Bayern have both qualified from Group B.

Group C is still open, with Chelsea two points ahead of Roma and Atletico two points behind the Serie A club.

Qarabag will finish bottom of Group C.

But it heads to Athens on Tuesday still needing a win to definitely progress.


In Group D, the super club story hasn't held.

Juventus will qualify in second with victory at Olympiacos or if Sporting fail to win. The Red Devils need just a point at home to seal first place in Group A. United are on 12 points in Group A, while CSKA and Basel trail by three points.

If Liverpool lose they are out unless Sevilla are also beaten. Spartak Moscow could still advance, two points behind Sevilla.

Eight sides have secured a place in the first knockout round. Once again, the schedule doesn't give us the head-to-head with Leipzig hosting Besiktas and Porto at home to the already eliminated Monaco.

Man City have qualified as winners of Group F.

Another potential Primeira Liga success story might play out in Group G. Besiktas has already won the group with Porto and RB Leipzig entering the final games tied on seven points.

Spurs finished as group winners with holders Real Madrid qualifying as runners-up. PSG beat Bayern 3-0 in Paris and has a far superior goal difference.

The in-form Lang went close to adding gloss to the scoreline, but Basel were content to see the game out, leaving Benfica without a goal in five successive Champions League matches.

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