Real Madrid can confirm their presence in the 2023/24 Champions League knockout stages when they take on Braga today.
Having won three games out of three so far in this season’s competition, Madrid host Braga sitting top of Group C, six points clear of their third-placed opponents. Union Berlin are bottom with no points, and Napoli lie second with six.
What result do Real Madrid need to qualify?
Madrid will make sure of last-16 qualification with two Games to spare if they win or draw against Braga. Either result would give Los Blancos an unassailable lead over the Portuguese club and Union Berlin.
It will remain possible for Braga to finish level on points with Madrid if the teams draw today, but the 14-time European champions would still finish above Artur Jorge’s men in such a scenario, as they would have the better head-to-head record. On matchday three two weeks ago, Madrid were 2-1 winners in Portugal.
“It would be significant, at this stage of the season, to wrap up the group stage in four Games,” Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti told reporters on Tuesday.
Madrid yet to miss UCL knockouts this century
Madrid are on the verge of extending a nearly three-decade run of uninterrupted qualification for the Champions League knockout stages. The LaLiga giants have not been absent from the latter stages since the 1996/97 season, which was also the last time they weren’t involved in Europe’s top club comPetition.
If Madrid seal their last-16 berth, it will be their 27th successive appearance in the Champions League knockouts.
Real Madrid vs Braga: when and where?
Real Madrid and Braga’s Champions League Group C matchday-four fixture is to be played today, Wednesday 8 November 2023, with kick-off at the Santiago Bernabéu scheduled for 3pm ET/12 noon PT.
Broadcast by ViX and Paramount+ in the US, the Game is available on the online platform fuboTV, which offers users a free trial.
Enjoy Real Madrid vs Braga on fubo.
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