Champions League: Which teams are likely to qualify for knock-outs?
The first half of match-day 4 of the Champions League 2018-19 season produced some shocking results. With four groups having played their matches, several teams are in contention for knock-outs. Four more groups are set to play their fixtures tonight. The biggest shock was Liverpool's 0-2 loss against Red Star Belgrade. We discuss which teams, that were in action yesterday, could qualify.
Atletico, Dortmund to qualify from Group A
Group A is, somehow, settled at the moment and we all know that both Atletico Madrid and Dortmund are sure to qualify. Both clubs have 9 points each as Atletico defeated Dortmund 2-0 at home to avenge the loss suffered in Germany. Club Brugge are on 4 points and will book a berth for the Europa League. Bottom-placed Monaco's campaign is over.
Barca to end as Group B toppers
Group B saw Inter rescue a point against leaders Barcelona. The Italian club are placed second with 7 points as Barca have 10. Barca are likely to end as the group toppers. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur's campaign took a positive turn as they saved themselves from exit, post a 2-1 win against PSV. Spurs have 4 points and will fight for second place alongside Inter.
Group of Death balanced at the moment
This is perhaps the most balanced group at the moment and it could take until the last match-day to determine who will go through. 'Group of Death' saw Napoli play out a 1-1 draw against PSG. Napoli have 6 points from 4 matches. Liverpool's loss means they are second (6 points). PSG are third on 5 points with Red Star Belgrade fourth (4 points).
Group D somewhat settled with Porto dominating
Group D has seen Portuguese giants FC Porto dominate proceedings. Their 4-1 win against Moscow means that they are on the verge of qualification as they have bagged 10 points already. German side FC Schalke are second with 8 points in their bag and are likely to move through. Schalke beat Galatasaray 2-0 with the latter likely to settle for Europa League.