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What's at stake this week
by Paul Kennedy, December 6th, 2011 12:10AM

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TAGS:  uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Seven berths are still up for grabs heading into the final day of group play in the UEFA Champions League. Among the teams still looking to close the deal are Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. For a group-by-group look at all the scenarios ...

Group A
Wednesday: Man. City vs. Bayern Munich, Villarreal vs. Napoli.
What's at stake: To overtake Napoli, City must beat Bayern and hope Villarreal, pointless in five games, ties or beats Napoli at home. (Bayern has clinched first place.)
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
13 Bayern Munich 4-1-0 11/4
8 Napoli 2-2-1 8/6
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7 Man. City 2-1-2 7/6
0 Villarreal 0-0-5 2/12

Group B
Wednesday Inter Milan vs. CSKA Moscow, Lille vs. Trabzonspor.
What's at stake: Trabzonspor takes second place if it wins at Lille or it ties Lille and CSKA Moscow doesn't win at Inter Milan. Lille clinches with a win, while CSKA Moscow clinches if it beats Inter Milan and Lille-Trabzonspor ends in a tie. (Inter has clinched first place.)
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
10 Inter Milan 3-1-1 7/5
6 Trabzonspor 1-3-1 3/5
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5 Lille 1-2-2 6/6
5 CSKA Moscow 1-2-2 7/7

Group C
Wednesday: Basel vs. Man. United, Benfica vs. Otelul Galati.
What's at stake: Benfica has clinched one of the top two spots thanks to its edge over Man. United and Basel on the tiebreakers. Man. United clinches the second spot with a win or tie at Basel. Basel takes the second berth and eliminates Man. United with a win. For Man. United or Basel to overtake Benfica for first place, they must do better than Benfica on the final day of group play.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1

9 Benfica 2-3-0 7/4
9 Man. United 2-3-0 10/6
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8 Basel 2-2-1 9/9
0 Otelul Galati 0-0-5 3/10

Group D
Wednesday: Ajax vs. Real Madrid, Dinamo Zagreb vs. Lyon.
What's at stake:
Ajax will take the second spot with a win or tie against Real Madrid. It will also clinch a berth in the knockout stage if it loses to Real Madrid and Lyon doesn't win at Dinamo Zagreb. Lyon needs to beat Dinamo and have Ajax lose by a combination of more than seven goals. (Real Madrid has clinched first place.)
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
15 Real Madrid 5-0-0 16/2
8 Ajax 2-2-1 6/3
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5 Lyon 1-2-2 2/6
0 Dinamo Zagreb 0-0-5 2/15

Group E
Tuesday: Chelsea vs. Valencia, Genk vs. Bayer Leverkusen.
What's at stake: Bayer Leverkusen is through even if it loses to Genk and Chelsea and Valencia tie to create a three-way tie with nine points. The Chelsea-Valencia winner advances, the Chelsea-Valencia loser is eliminated. In case of a tie, Valencia moves into the knockout phase and Chelsea is eliminated with one exception: Chelsea, not Valencia, advances if their match ends in a scoreless tie and Leverkusen loses.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
9 Bayer Leverkusen 3-0-2 7/7
8 Chelsea 2-2-1 10/4
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8 Valencia 2-2-1 12/4
2 Genk 0-2-3 1/15

Group F
Tuesday: Olympiakos vs. Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund vs. Marseille.
What's at stake: Marseille clinches second place behind Arsenal with a win at Borussia Dortmund or a tie (or a one- or two-goal loss) and an Olympiakos tie or loss against Arsenal. Olympiakos advances with a win over Arsenal and a Marseille tie or loss. In most scenarios, Borussia Dortmund is a long shot even if it beats Marseille and Olympiakos ties or loses. It lost the first game to Marseille (3-0) and enters the final day of play with the worst overall goal difference (4-9).

PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
11 Arsenal 3-2-0 6/3

7 Marseille 2-1-2 4/2
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6 Olympiakos 2-0-3 5/5
4 Bor. Dortmund 1-1-3 4/9

Group G
Tuesday: APOEL vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto vs. Zenit St. Petersburg.
What's at stake:  APOEL has clinched one of the two berths. Porto advances if it beats Zenit St. Petersburg. Otherwise, Zenit advances.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
9 APOEL 2-3-0 6/4
8 Zenit St. Petersburg 2-2-1 7/5
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7 Porto 2-1-2 7/7
2 Shakhtar Don. 0-2-3 4/8

Group H
Tuesday: Barcelona vs. BATE Borisov, Viktoria Plzen vs. AC Milan
What's at stake:  Barcelona and AC Milan will finish 1-2 regardless of Tuesday's results.
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/1
13 Barcelona 4-1-0 16/4
8 AC Milan 2-2-1 9/6
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4 Viktoria Plzen 1-1-3 2/9
2 BATE Borisov 0-2-3 2/10



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