The Champions League nears the crunch: Inter Milan are on the brink of embarrassing KO as PSG, Leipzig, Ajax and Atalanta sweat on last-16 places and EIGHT teams - including Liverpool and Man United - make their final push

It's getting tense as the Champions League reaches matchday five Inter Milan are staring down the barrel of an embarrassing early elimin...

  • It's getting tense as the Champions League reaches matchday five
  • Inter Milan are staring down the barrel of an embarrassing early elimination
  • Last year's runners-up Paris Saint-Germain can't afford a slip-up at Old Trafford
  • Tussle between Ajax and Atalanta in Liverpool's group will go right to the wire
  • Eight sides can join the six already qualified over the next two evenings  

It's decision time in the Champions League this week as Europe's finest scramble to book their places in the knockout rounds in the new year.

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.

Inter Milan could be eliminated from the Champions League this week as the competition's group stage reaches its crucial matchday five on Tuesday and Wednesday

And others, including big names such as Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax, are still sweating on their progression with elimination an unthinkable embarrassment.

Ahead of the fifth round of group stage matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, here's the state of play.

LAST-16 PLACE ALREADY SECURED

It's not quite feet-up time but the pressure is certainly reduced on Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Chelsea, Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus, who all booked their passage to the knockout phase last week.

Reigning champions Bayern have picked up where they left off last season with four wins from four not only assuring them of the last-16 but a seeding as group winners. They make the trip to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday knowing they can't be caught.

Defending champions Bayern Munich have progressed serenely into the knockout rounds
Bayern have won all four of their matches after picking up where they left off in August
Manchester City also boast an unblemished record of four wins from their first four matches

Manchester City also have an unblemished record and will secure top spot if they avoid defeat away to Porto on Tuesday.

Chelsea got through thanks to their win over Rennes last week and all that's left is to fight it out with Sevilla for top spot. The two sides meet in Spain on Wednesday.

Barcelona may be struggling domestically but have a 100 per cent record in Europe. A win over Ferencvaros secures top spot with Juventus three points behind but also already qualified.

Chelsea and Sevilla will compete for top spot with both teams already safely through
Barcelona secured their place in the last-16 with a 4-0 victory over Dynamo Kiev last week
Barcelona and Juventus have already secured their progression in a lopsided Group G

ON THE BRINK OF THE KNOCKOUT STAGE

Eight teams have the opportunity to join the six already qualified over the next two nights.

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.

Liverpool were stung by Atalanta last week but can secure their passage against Ajax
Liverpool will progress from Group D if they avoid defeat against Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday
Manchester United gained their revenge on Istanbul Basaksehir to move closer to the last-16
Manchester United will qualify if they avoid defeat in Wednesday's meeting with PSG

ESDAY  

8pm kick-off UK time unless stated

GROUP A

Lokomotiv Moscow vs Red Bull Salzburg (5.55pm)

BT Sport ESPN

Atletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich

BT Sport ESPN

GROUP B

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Real Madrid (5.55pm)

BT Sport 1

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Inter Milan

BT Sport Extra 2

GROUP C

Porto vs Manchester City

BT Sport 3

Marseille vs Olympiacos

BT Sport Extra 4

GROUP D

Atalanta vs Midtjylland

BT Sport Extra 3

Liverpool vs Ajax

BT Sport 2/BT Sport Ultimate

WEDNESDAY  

8pm kick-off UK time unless stated

GROUP E

Krasnodar vs Rennes (5.55pm)

BT Sport ESPN

Sevilla vs Chelsea

BT Sport 3

GROUP F

Borussia Dortmund vs Lazio

BT Sport Extra 3

Club Bruges vs Zenit St Petersburg

BT Sport Extra 4

GROUP G

Ferencvaros vs Barcelona

BT Sport ESPN

Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv

BT Sport Extra 2

GROUP H

Istanbul Basaksehir vs RB Leipzig (5.55pm)

BT Sport 1

Manchester United vs Paris Saint-Germain

BT Sport 2/BT Sport Ultimate











 

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