Champions League Game 5 beckons with sides looking to book last-16 spots

UEFA Champions League Draw

Champions League football returns on Tuesday night with teams look to seal spot in the knockout stages of the coveted competition.

A handful of sides have already made it safely through to the last-16 with two rounds of games remaining and another group will join them if results go their way.

Seven clubs have already been eliminated and are left fighting for the consolation of Europa League football after Christmas.

PSG, Inter Milan and Ajax are still in hunt for a hope to qualify knowing that any slip will see them crush from the competition.

Teams that have qualified for Last-16

Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea, Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus all booked their passage to the knockout phase last week.

Teams on brink of qualification to the Last-16

In Group D, Liverpool will get through if they avoid defeat by Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday.

It’s also the same equation for Manchester United, who top Group H, and need just a point at home to Paris Saint-Germain to advance.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be confirmed as group winners if they win and RB Leipzig don’t against Istanbul Basaksehir. Alternatively, if United draw and Leipzig lose.

Atletico will go through this week if they beat Bayern and Lokomotiv Moscow fail to beat Red Bull Salzburg.

In Group B, group leaders Borussia Monchengladbach will go through if they beat Inter Milan in Germany, or alternatively if they draw and Shakhtar Donetsk don’t beat Real Madrid.

Real, who start the night a point behind Gladbach, will go through if they beat Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

In Group C, Porto just need to avoid defeat against Man City to follow them into the knockout rounds. Alternatively, if third-placed Olympiacos fail to beat Marseille, the Portuguese champions will advance.

In Group F, Borussia Dortmund can make it if they avoid defeat in their game with Lazio at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night. A win would see them clinch first place as well.

Lazio, currently one point behind Dortmund, will seal their progression if they beat Dortmund or if third-placed Club Brugge lose to Zenit St Petersburg.

Who can be Eliminated?

Inter Milan are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League. They are bottom of Group B having failed to win any of their four matches so far. Antonio Conte’s side can only stay in contention for the last-16 by winning their away game with Monchengladbach.

And if they fail to beat the German side and Shakhtar record another win over Real Madrid, then Inter will not even be in the Europa League.

The other teams that could see their last-16 chances ended this week are Lokomotiv Moscow, Red Bull Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympiacos, Club Brugge and Istanbul Basaksehir.

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