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Champions League group stages: Who can be eliminated on Matchday 5?

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Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe billed his side's upcoming Champions League group game against Paris Saint-Germain as a "defining moment" in the season. The Magpies are far from the only club facing a decisive week of European football.

With just two rounds of Europe's premier club competition left to play, only six clubs have no chance of making it into the lucrative knockout stages. The same number have qualified for the round of 16, leaving 20 clubs in limbo with just 180 minutes of Champions League football to contest before Christmas.

Here's every club on the cusp of elimination this midweek.


Every club that cannot qualify for the 2023/24 Champions League knockout stages

Union Berlin's players  celebrate at the end of the Uefa...
Union Berlin earned their first Champions League point against Serie A holders Napoli last time out / KONTROLAB/GettyImages

Team

Group

Games

Points

Union Berlin

C

4

1

RB Salzburg

D

4

3

Benfica

D

4

0

Red Star

G

4

1

Young Boys

G

4

1

Antwerp

H

4

0

While Real Madrid broke the world transfer record twice in a matter of days by signing Kaka (£60m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m) in 2008, Union Berlin's fans volunteered on the construction site of a new stadium to save the club £1.7m. Union made their Champions League debut at Madrid's home ground in September and were only denied a deserved point by Jude Bellingham's 94th-minute winner.

That loss was the third in a sequence of 12 consecutive defeats across all comPetitions for the German upstarts. Even though Union ended that run with a 1-1 draw at the home of Italian champions Napoli last time out, their Champions League dream is over.

Fellow debutants Antwerp are also out after losing all four games in the competition, despite taking the lead at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto.

RB Salzburg, Benfica, Red Star and Young Boys fell victim to getting drawn in groups with two clear favourites to qualify automatically. While beaten finalists Inter have been matched stride-for-stride by Real Sociedad in Group D, reigning champions Manchester City and RB Leipzig have dominated Group G.


Who can be eliminated from the Champions League on Matchday 5?

Group A - Man Utd

Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag's Man Utd have to avoid defeat to Galatasaray on Wednesday / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Position

Team

Played

GD

Pts

1.

Bayern Munich

4

+5

12

2.

Copenhagen

4

-1

4

3.

Galatasaray

4

-2

4

4.

Man Utd

4

-2

3

Manchester United were infamously greeted with a banner welcoming them to Hell for their first-ever encounter with Galatasaray in Turkey. Defeat on Wednesday night for Erik ten Hag's sight would consign them to the elite Footballing equivalent of the underworld, the Europa League, as a best-case scenario.

Even a draw for United in Istanbul would not be enough if Copenhagen were to pull an upset and defeat Bayern Munich away from home on the same night. While a slip-up from the Bavarians is unlikely, Thomas Tuchel may rest key players with Bayern already assured of first place in Group A.


Remaining Group A fixtures

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

29/11/23 - 17:45

Galatasaray v Man Utd

29/11/23 - 20:00

Bayern Munich v Copenhagen

12/12/23 - 20:00

Man Utd v Bayern Munich

12/12/23 - 20:00

Copenhagen v Galatasaray


Group B - Lens & Sevilla

Franck Haise
Franck Haise's Lens side have already defeated Arsenal this season / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

Position

Team

Played

GD

Pts

1.

Arsenal

4

+6

9

2.

PSV

4

-3

5

3.

Lens

4

0

5

4.

Sevilla

4

-3

2

Arsenal are not yet qualified but will remain top of Group B even in defeat this week. The jeopardy in this section lingers over Lens and Sevilla.

Lens Travel to the Emirates on Wednesday night knowing that a loss would see their chances of qualification for the knockouts extinguished if PSV Eindhoven are also able to defeat Sevilla. If the Spanish side were to lose at home to PSV, they would be out.

Sevilla wouldn't even have their precious Europa League to fall back on if they lose to PSV and Lens get a victory at the Emirates.


Remaining Group B fixtures

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

29/11/23 - 17:45

Sevilla v PSV

29/11/23 - 20:00

Arsenal v Lens

12/12/23 - 17:45

Lens v Sevilla

12/12/23 - 17:45

PSV v Arsenal


Group C - Braga

Joselu Sanmartín
Braga's fans will be in full voice when Union Berlin come to town on Wednesday / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Position

Team

Played

GD

Pts

1.

Real Madrid

4

+6

12

2.

Napoli

4

+1

7

3.

Braga

4

-4

3

4.

Union Berlin

4

-3

1

The future of Real Madrid (qualified) and Union Berlin (eliminated) at either end of the group is confirmed. Napoli's fate is very much in their own hands while Braga have to hope that the Spanish giants do them a favour this week.

If Napoli defeat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu - a feat the club has never achieved - Braga are out. However, if the Portuguese side, who are at home to winless Union, were to better Napoli's result on matchday five, they could take qualification to the final day, which is an intriguing trip to Naples.


Remaining Group C fixtures

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

29/11/23 - 20:00

Real Madrid v Napoli

29/11/23 - 20:00

Braga v Union Berlin

12/12/23 - 20:00

Union Berlin v Real Madrid

12/12/23 - 20:00

Napoli v Braga


Group E - Feyenoord & Celtic

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers' Celtic have collected just one Champions League point this season / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

Position

Team

Played

GD

Pts

1.

Atletico Madrid

4

+7

8

2.

Lazio

4

0

7

3.

Feyenoord

4

+2

6

4.

Celtic

4

-9

1

Somehow, Celtic still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages with one point from four games. The Scottish champions not only have to win their remaining matches (away to Lazio before Feyenoord's visit) but must also rely upon Atletico Madrid taking at least four points from their last two games.

Feyenoord would be instantly thrust into the Europa League on Wednesday if they lose at home to Atletico and Lazio defeat Celtic at the Stadio Olimpico.


Remaining Group E fixtures

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

28/11/23 - 17:45

Lazio v Celtic

28/11/23 - 20:00

Feyenoord v Atletico Madrid

13/12/23 - 20:00

Atletico Madrid v Lazio

13/12/23 - 20:00

Celtic v Feyenoord


Group F - AC Milan & Newcastle

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe is on the cusp of elimination with Newcastle / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Position

Team

Played

GD

Pts

1.

Borussia Dortmund

4

+1

7

2.

PSG

4

+1

6

3.

AC Milan

4

-2

5

4.

Newcastle

4

0

4

Howe had clearly been pouring over the permutations ahead of Newcastle's trip to Paris on Tuesday. "It is imperative we don't lose," he quite rightly declared. Defeat would eliminate the Magpies but they are not the only Group F outfit at risk this week.

AC Milan would also be denied a spot in the knockouts if they lose at home to table-topping Borussia Dortmund and PSG beat Newcastle.


Group F remaining fixtures

Date / Kick-off time (GMT)

Fixture

28/11/23 - 20:00

PSG v Newcastle

28/11/23 - 20:00

AC Milan v Borussia Dortmund

13/12/23 - 20:00

Borussia Dortmund v PSG

13/12/23 - 20:00

Newcastle v AC Milan


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