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Young Boys beat Manchester United while Robert Lewandowski helped Bayern win clear against Barcelona.

Group E

Barcelona 0-3 Bayern

Highlights: Barcelona 0-3 Bayern

Julian Nagelsmann’s team (I.e. Bayern Munich) showed a powerful start and solidified that they will again be a threat this season with a strong performance at the Camp Nou against Barca. Thomas Müller’s deflected goal on 34 minutes put Bayern in front before Robert Lewandowski’s killer instincts secured the points, twice profiting from rebounds off the post.
Key stat: Lewandowski has won his last 17 UEFA Champions League games, scoring 22 goals in the process.

Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Benfica

Highlights: Dynamo Kyiv 0-0 Benfica

Mircea Lucescu’s team dominated the game. The visitors had to settle for a goalless draw despite dominating for long spells. Kyiv goalkeeper Denys Boyko thwarted Roman Yaremchuk, Alejandro Grimaldo and Rafa Silva as the Eagles pressed for a winner, but it was Dynamo who almost snatched victory at the death. Mykola Shaparenko’s stoppage-time volley sparked wild scenes only for an offside in the build-up to cut short their celebrations.
Key stat: Benfica failed to score for the first time in ten group stage games in this competition.

Group F

Young Boys 2-1 Man. United

Highlights: Young Boys 2-1 Man. United

Jordan Siebatcheu capitalised on Jesse Lingard’s wayward 95th-minute back pass to give the Swiss side a fantastic triumph in Berne, Switzerland. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s charges were in control following Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal, but a red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka turned the tide. Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu prodded David Wagner’s men level and their late siege was rewarded when substitute Siebatcheu pounced with seconds remaining.

Key stat: Ronaldo equalized Iker Casillas (177) at the top of the all-time list for most Champions League appearances.

Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta

Highlights: Villarreal 2-2 Atalanta

An incredible late save by Juan Musso denied ten-man Villarreal victory. Atalanta started well and went ahead via Remo Freuler, before Manu Trigueros levelled. Substitute Arnaut Danjuma then put Villarreal in front, but Robin Gosens restored parity and they were reduced to ten men when Francis Coquelin was sent off. Even so, Villarreal almost won it at the end, only for Musso to rebuff Gerard Moreno, having also kept him out from point-blank range in the first half.
Key stat: Unai Emery team  have now won only one of their last 14 UEFA Champions League matches.

Group G

Sevilla 1-1 Salzburg

Highlights: Sevilla 1-1 Salzburg

In a marvelous first period, the Austrians from Salzburg were awarded three penalties, all won by Karim Adeyemi, who dragged the first wide before Luka Sučić slotted in the second. After Sučić had sent Salzburg’s third kick against the post, Sevilla equalized three minutes before the interval through Ivan Rakitić – certainly from the spot. The home side lost Youssef En-Nesyri to a red card early in the second half but stood firm for a point.
Key stat: This was the first UEFA Champions League match in which four penalties were awarded.

LOSC 0-0 Wolfsburg

Highlights: LOSC 0-0 Wolfsburg

The French champions LOSC ( Lille Olympique Sporting Club) Lille were held by Wolfsburg at home. Burak Yılmaz and Jonathan David came close to beating Koen Casteels but the Belgian goalkeeper, as well as the visiting defense, were strong even after John Brooks had been dismissed in the 63rd minute.
Key stat: LOSC have not won a UEFA Champions League group game since November 2012.

Group H

Chelsea 1-0 Zenit

Highlights: Chelsea 1-0 Zenit

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scored the opening goal during the Champions League Group H match against Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge.  Lukaku opened his Champions League season for Chelsea as the title holders got their defense off to a winning start. The Belgian made it three goals in two home matches since rejoining Chelsea with an emphatic header, converting César Azpilicueta’s teasing delivery midway through the second half. Zenit striker Artem Dzyuba missed a huge opportunity to equalize when Sander Azmoun crossed, only for him to stretch and slice.
Key stat: Lukaku (three goals) is now the leading scorer in Chelsea matches at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.

Malmö 0-3 Juventus

Highlights: Malmö 0-3 Juventus

Paulo Dybala converted a penalty and Álvaro Morata added an alert finish as Juventus struck twice in two minutes before the break to embellish an opening win against spirited Malmö. Alex Sandro had put the visitors ahead after 23 minutes, pouncing to nod in from close range.
Key stat: Swedish champions Malmö failed to win for the first time in five home matches in European competition this season.

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Tuesday 14 September
Group E: Barcelona ? Bayern ➡ 0-3 , Dynamo Kyiv ? Benfica ➡ 0-0 
Group F
: Young Boys ? Man. United (18:45 CET) ➡ 2-1, Villarreal ? Atalanta ➡ 2-2
Group G: Sevilla ? Salzburg (18:45 CET) ➡ 1-1, LOSC ? Wolfsburg ➡ 0-0 
Group H: Chelsea ? Zenit ➡ 1-0 , Malmö ? Juventus ➡ 0-3

Wednesday 15 September
Group A: Man. City ? Leipzig, Club Brugge ? Paris
Group B: Atlético de Madrid ? Porto, Liverpool ? AC Milan
Group C: Beşiktaş ?Dortmund (18:45 CET), Sporting CP ? Ajax
Group D: Sheriff ? Shakhtar Donetsk (18:45 CET), Inter ? Real Madrid

Champions league Schedule – Matchday 2

Tuesday 28 September
Group A: Paris ? Man. City, Leipzig ? Club Brugge
Group B: AC Milan ? Atlético de Madrid, Porto ? Liverpool
Group C: Ajax ? Beşiktaş (18:45 CET), Dortmund ?Sporting CP
Group D: Shakhtar Donetsk ? Inter (18:45 CET), Real Madrid ? Sheriff

Wednesday 29 September
Group E: Bayern ? Dynamo Kyiv, Benfica ? Barcelona
Group F
: Atalanta ? Young Boys (18:45 CET), Man. United ? Villarreal
Group G: Salzburg ? LOSC, Wolfsburg ? Sevilla
Group H: Zenit ? Malmö (18:45 CET), Juventus ? Chelsea

Matchday 3

Tuesday 19 October
Group A: Club Brugge ? Man. City (18:45 CET), Paris ? Leipzig
Group B: Atlético de Madrid ? Liverpool, Porto ? AC Milan
Group C: Beşiktaş ? Sporting CP (18:45 CET), Ajax ? Dortmund
Group D: Shakhtar Donetsk ? Real Madrid, Inter ? Sheriff

Wednesday 20 October
Group E: Barcelona ? Dynamo Kyiv (18:45 CET), Benfica ? Bayern
Group F
: Young Boys ? Villarreal, Man. United ? Atalanta
Group G: Salzburg ? Wolfsburg (18:45 CET), LOSC ? Sevilla
Group H: Chelsea ? Malmö, Zenit ? Juventus

Matchday 4

Tuesday 2 November
Group E: Dynamo Kyiv ? Barcelona, Bayern ? Benfica
Group F
: Villarreal ? Young Boys, Atalanta ? Man. United
Group G: Wolfsburg ? Salzburg (18:45 CET), Sevilla ? LOSC
Group H: Malmö ? Chelsea (18:45 CET), Juventus ? Zenit

Wednesday 3 November
Group A: Man. City ? Club Brugge, Leipzig ? Paris
Group B: AC Milan ? Porto (18:45 CET), Liverpool ? Atlético de Madrid
Group C: Sporting CP ? Beşiktaş, Dortmund ? Ajax
Group D: Real Madrid ? Shakhtar Donetsk (18:45 CET), Sheriff ? Inter

Matchday 5

Tuesday 23 November
Group E: Dynamo Kyiv ? Bayern (18:45 CET), Barcelona ? Benfica
Group F
: Villarreal ? Man. United (18:45 CET), Young Boys ? Atalanta
Group G: Sevilla ? Wolfsburg, LOSC ? Salzburg
Group H
: Malmö ?Zenit, Chelsea ? Juventus

Wednesday 24 November
Group A: Man. City ? Paris, Club Brugge ? Leipzig
Group B: Atlético de Madrid ? AC Milan, Liverpool ? Porto
Group C: Beşiktaş ? Ajax (18:45 CET), Sporting CP ? Dortmund
Group D: Inter? Shakhtar Donetsk (18:45 CET), Sheriff ? Real Madrid

Matchday 6

Tuesday 7 December
Group A: PSG ? Club Brugge (18:45 CET), Leipzig ? Man. City (18:45 CET)
Group B: Porto ? Atlético de Madrid, AC Milan ? Liverpool
Group C: Dortmund ? Beşiktaş, Ajax ? Sporting CP
Group D: Real Madrid ? Inter, Shakhtar Donetsk ? Sheriff

Wednesday 8 December
Group E: Benfica ? Dynamo Kyiv, Bayern ? Barcelona
Group F
: Man. United ? Young Boys, Atalanta ? Villarreal
Group G: Salzburg ? Sevilla, Wolfsburg ? LOSC
Group H
: Juventus ? Malmö (18:45 CET), Zenit ? Chelsea (18:45 CET)

Knockout stage dates

Round of 16 draw: 13 December
Round of 16 first legs: 15/16/22/23 February
Round of 16 second legs: 8/9/15/16 March

Quarter-final and semi-final draw: 18 March
Quarter-final first legs: 5/6 April
Quarter-final second legs: 12/13 April
Semi-final first legs: 26/27 April
Semi-final second legs: 3/4 May
Final: 28 May ➡ It will be played at the in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Champions League Groups 2021/22 Season

  • Group A: Man City, Paris, Leipzig, Club Brugge
  • Group B: Atletico, Liverpool, Porto, Milan
  • Group C: Sporting, Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas
  • Group D: Inter, Real Madrid, Shaktar, Sheriff
  • Group E: Bayern, barcelona, Benfica, Dinamo Kyiv
  • Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys
  • Group G: Losc, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg
  • Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo

The Champions League competition is back following Chelsea lifting the title in 2020/21.

What will also be great to see is the fact that the tournament should be able to have fans back in the stadium with sellout attendances as we finally start to allow fans back in following the pandemic. Here is all you need to know about 2021/2022 season:

When is the group stage? How does qualifying work? Where is the 2022 final?

The 67th season of Europe’s best football competition, the 30th since it was renamed the UEFA Champions League, runs from 22 June 2021 to 28 May 2022.

Who will participate in the Champions League group stage?

The 32 teams in the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage consists of 26 automatic qualifiers joined by six play-off winners.

Automatic qualifiers
Ajax (NED)
Atalanta (ITA)
Atlético (ESP)
Barcelona (ESP)
Bayern (GER)
Beşiktaş (TUR)
Chelsea (ENG, holders)
Club Brugge (BEL)
Dortmund (GER)
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Inter Milan (ITA)
Juventus (ITA)
Leipzig (GER)
Liverpool (ENG)
Manchester City (ENG)
Manchester United (ENG)
Milan (ITA)
Paris (FRA)
Porto (POR)
Real Madrid (ESP)
Sevilla (ESP)
Sporting CP (POR)
Villarreal (ESP, UEFA Europa League winners)
Wolfsburg (GER)
Zenit (RUS)

This list is subject to final confirmation from UEFA

How does qualifying work?

In 2020/21, qualifying was truncated following the late finish to the previous campaign, with all ties prior to the play-offs played as single-leg matches. All being well, 2021/22 will see a return to the home and away format from the first qualifying round onwards.

To see who enters in which round, and how eliminated teams transfer to the UEFA Europa League and new UEFA Europa Conference League, consult the

When do matches and draws take place?

22 June 2021: Preliminary round semi-finals
25 June 2021: Preliminary round final
6/7 & 13/14 July 2021: First qualifying round
20/21 & 27/28 July 2021: Second qualifying round
3/4 & 10 August 2021: Third qualifying round
17/18 & 24/25 August 2021: Play-offs

Group stage
14/15 September 2021: Matchday 1
28/29 September 2021: Matchday 2
19/20 October 2021: Matchday 3
2/3 November 2021: Matchday 4
23/24 November 2021: Matchday 5
7/8 December 2021: Matchday 6

Knockout phase
15/16/22/23 February & 8/9/15/16 March 2022: Round of 16
5/6 & 12/13 April 2022: Quarter-finals
26/27 & 3/4 May 2022: Semi-finals
28 May 2022: Final

8 June 2021: Preliminary round
15 June 2021: First qualifying round
16 June 2021: Second qualifying round
19 July 2021: Third qualifying round
2 August 2021: Play-off round
26 August 2021: Group stage
13 December 2021: Round of 16
18 March 2022: Quarter-finals & Semi-finals

All draws start at 12:00 CET except the group stage draw, which begins at 18:00 CET.

Where will the final take place?

The final will take place at the Saint Petersburg Stadium. The distinct venue on Krestovsky Island was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, whose vision was for a spaceship that had landed on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. It has been home to Zenit since 2017.


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Twenty-six of the 32 teams that will contest the 2021/22 group stage are confirmed, and they will be joined by six play-off winners in August. Those six sides will come through one of these qualifying paths:

  • Champions route – this path is for domestic title holders, starting with the four lowest-ranked nations in the preliminary round (played as a knockout mini-tournament in Kosovo). The victors are joined by the next 31 lowest-ranked teams in the first qualifying round, with the next four sides added at the following stage. The ten winners plus another two new entrants then face off in the third qualifying round, with the triumphant six then joined by two more sides in four play-off ties. Excluding the preliminary round, all ties are played over two legs, home and away.
  • League route – there are three rounds in all. Four teams start in the second qualifying round, with the two winners joined by six more sides in the next phase. Four teams reach the play-offs, with two ties determining who makes it through to the group stage. All ties are played over two legs, home and away.

CL First & Second Qualifying Round Draw

The first qualifying round is composed of 32 teams although the second round is split into a champions path and a league path.

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League path

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Champions path Matches August 2021

There will be two new teams entering at this stage:

They will be joined by the winners of the ten champions path second qualifying round fixtures (ties conclude on 31 July/1 August). Read more here

League path

There are six new teams entering at this stage:

They will be joined by the winners of the two league path second qualifying round fixtures (ties conclude on 30 July/1 August).

Who’s already in the group stage?

ESP: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
ENG: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur
ITA: Juventus, Napoli, Atalanta, Internazionale Milano
GER: Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen
FRA: Paris Saint-Germain, LOSC Lille, Lyon
RUS: Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva
POR: Benfica
UKR: Shakhtar Donetsk
BEL: Genk
TUR: Galatasaray
AUT: Salzburg

Champions League group stage draw 

The draw includes 32 clubs, 26 of whom are direct qualified while six qualify via the play-offs.

The teams will be split into four seeding pots. Pot 1 includes of the holders, the  Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are concluded by the club coefficient rankings.

Pot 1 

Liverpool (ENG, holders), Atlético Madrid (ESP), Real Madrid,  Chelsea (ENG UEFA Europa League winners) Barcelona (ESP) Bayern München (GER) Manchester City (ENG)
Juventus (ITA) Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) Lokomotiv Moskva (RUS)

Other automatic entrants including coefficients
Borussia Dortmund (GER) 89.000
Porto (POR) 86.000
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 81.000
Napoli (ITA) 78.000
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 67.000
Roma (ITA) 64.000
Liverpool (ENG) 62.000
Schalke (GER) 62.000
Lyon (FRA) 59.500
Monaco (FRA) 57.000
CSKA Moskva (RUS) 45.000
Valencia (ESP) 36.000
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) 33.000
Club Brugge (BEL) 29.500
Galatasaray (TUR) 29.500
Internazionale Milano (ITA) 16.000
Hoffenheim (GER) 14.285

*Clubs’ coefficients are now decided  or by the sum of all points won in the previous five years either by the association coefficient over the same period – WHICHEVER IS THE HIGHER (under a new system introduced for 2018/19 onward).

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