Thirteen into seven just won’t go.
As the group stage of the Champions League comes to an finish this week, 13 sides are in the operating for the seven remaining spaces in the knockout rounds.
Manchester City are among the nine teams who have ensured their progress prior to Tuesday and Wednesday’s final games, but fellow Premier League sides Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all have work to do.
With the ranking of teams finishing level on points decided on their head-to-head records just before objective distinction, BBC Sport looks at the picture in every group.
Group A – Real & PSG by means of
Gareth Bale scored when Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2014. How far can they go this time?
Currently certified: Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain
Out of contention: Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo
This week’s fixtures: True Madrid v Malmo, Paris St-Germain v Shakhtar Donetsk (each Tuesday, 19:45 GMT) Live text commentary on BBC Sport site and app
European giants PSG and True have secured their locations in the knockout phase, with Real also wrapping up that all-essential group winner’s spot.
All that is left to play for in Group A is third place and a spot in the Europa League. Shakhtar lead Malmo on head-to-head record thanks to a four- win in Lviv in November. The Ukrainian side will take third spot unless Malmo acquire much more points than them on Tuesday. At the Bernabeu.
The Swedes have finished bottom of their Uefa group on both previous occasions – in the Champions League last season and in the Europa League in 2011-12.
Group B – United need a win
Manchester United could have secured qualification final time out against PSV but have been held to a – draw
Already qualified: No one
Can nevertheless qualify: Wolfsburg, Manchester United , PSV Eindhoven
Out of contention: CSKA Moscow
This week’s fixtures: PSV v CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg v Manchester United (each Tuesday, 19:45 GMT) Live text commentary on BBC Sport internet site and app. Complete match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.
Manchester United have left themselves with a lot of work to do to qualify from a wide-open Group B.
United head to Germany needing a win to secure qualification, with a draw not enough if PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moscow in the night’s other game. The only way a point will be adequate for Louis van Gaal’s side to progress is if PSV do not win at property to CSKA.
Wolfsburg will top the group if they beat United, but will also qualify with a draw regardless of final results elsewhere. A United win could see the German side eliminated though.
PSV will be motivated by the understanding that if they do win, they are certainly through. A PSV draw will be adequate for them to finish second if Manchester United drop.
Whoever finishes third out of United, PSV or Wolfsburg will enter the Europa League.
Group C – Smooth sailing for Benfica and Atleti
Already qualified: Benfica, Atletico Madrid
Out of contention: Galatasaray, Astana
This week’s fixtures: Benfica v Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray v Astana (both Tuesday, 19:45 GMT) Reside text commentary on BBC Sport web site and app
Benfica and 2014 runners-up Atletico Madrid are already through and a point from their showdown in Lisbon on Tuesday will be enough for the hosts to prime the group.
Galatasaray – whose only win so far came against Benfica – will take third spot and a Europa League spot unless they lose at home to Astana of Kazakhstan.
Group D – City hope to prime the group
Sergio Aguero’s last-minute winner in Monchengladbach in September was a essential moment in the group
Currently certified: Juventus, Manchester City
Out of contention: Borussia Monchengladbach, Sevilla
This week’s fixtures: Manchester City v Borussia Monchengladbach, Sevilla v Juventus (both Tuesday, 19:45 GMT) Live text commentary on BBC Sport internet site and app
In spite of losing home and away to Juventus, Manchester City have safely secured passage from Group D and will be hoping for a assisting hand in a bid to finish prime. Following becoming knocked out by Barcelona in every of the final two seasons, Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to win the group and avoid one more big hitter.
To finish prime, City need to have to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad and hope that Sevilla beat last year’s finalists Juve in Spain. Any other mixture of outcomes will see the Italian side take leading spot.
Sevilla have won the Europa League for every single of the final two seasons and will be back in the competitors if they win and Monchengladbach do not beat City.
Group E – Who will join Barca in final 16?
Currently qualified: Barcelona
Can nevertheless qualify: Roma, Bayer Leverkusen, BATE Borisov
This week’s fixtures: Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona, Roma v BATE Borisov (each Wednesday, 19:45 GMT) Reside text commentary on BBC Sport site and app
Even with an injury to talisman Lionel Messi, holders Barcelona have cruised through the group, sewing up top spot easily with Luis Suarez scoring 5 objectives in five games. Opponents Leverkusen require to beat Barca and hope that Roma do not win at home to BATE Borisov to take second spot.
Conversely, Roma will definitely progress with a victory. BATE will go by way of if they win and Leverkusen drop points.
Group F – Like 1989, Gunners want a two-objective win…
Currently certified: Bayern Munich
Can nevertheless qualify: Olympiakos, Arsenal
Out of contention: Dinamo Zagreb
This week’s fixtures: Olympiakos v Arsenal, Dinamo Zagreb v Bayern Munich (each Wednesday, 19:45 GMT) Reside text commentary on BBC Sport site and app. Full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.
The only group capable of difficult El Clasico ? Bayern Munich shrugged off a two- defeat at the Emirates to make it by means of to the final 16 effortlessly and have won Group F.
The question is, can Arsenal join them? The Gunners can qualify in second spot with a greater head-to-head record than Olympiakos. They want a win in Athens that ‘beats’ Olympiakos’ 3-2 win in London in September. For example two-, four-two – although as a 3-two win would also be very good sufficient for Arsenal to go via on all round objective distinction, in practice they would go by way of with any win apart from 1- or 2-1.
“Thomas! Right at the finish!” – Michael Thomas wins the 1988-89 league title with an injury-time goal for Arsenal at Anfield
They have history of winning by a two-objective margin when it matters. “It is up for grabs noooowwwww…”
Group G – Blues want a point
Already certified: Nobody
Can nevertheless qualify: Porto, Chelsea, Dynamo Kiev
Out of contention: Maccabi Tel Aviv
This week’s fixtures: Chelsea v Porto, Dynamo Kiev v Maccabi Tel Aviv (each Wednesday 19:45 GMT) Live text commentary on BBC Sport internet site and app
Willian has scored four cost-free-kicks in the group already
Chelsea’s fate in Group G is clear – they need a point from their meeting with Porto at Stamford Bridge to safe a place in the final 16.
The winner of that match will prime the group.
Dynamo Kiev – who face whipping boys Maccabi Tel Aviv – will be sure of a location in the final 16 with a win thanks to a superior head-to-head record against Porto.
If Kiev win and Chelsea and Porto draw, all 3 teams will finish on 11 points. Their fate would then be decided by their three-way head-to-head record – with their group benefits against every single other converted into a mini-league – and it would be Porto who finish third and head into the Europa League.
Group H – Important managerial debut for Neville
Gary Neville created his entrance as Valencia head coach at a news conference final Thursday
Currently qualified: Zenit St Petersburg
Can nevertheless qualify: Gent, Valencia
Out of contention: Lyon
This week’s fixtures: Gent v Zenit, Valencia v Lyon (both Wednesday, 19:45 GMT) Reside text commentary on BBC Sport website and app
Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has dominated Group H, with his Zenit St Petersburg side holding the only 100% record in the competitors. Zenit have long since sewn up leading spot in the table – but can Gary Neville steer Valencia by means of?
Neville, 40, will become the 1st English manager to take portion in the Champions League group stages since Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham reached the quarter-finals in 2011 when he takes charge for the house match against Lyon on Wednesday.
The stakes could hardly be greater. Win, and Neville’s new team will attain the last 16 – providing that Gent do not beat Zenit at home.
A draw is no great for Neville, even if Gent drop, as the Belgians hold the upper hand in their head-to-head record.