Champions League sorting rules: Are groups decided by head-to-head record or goal difference when teams finish level?

Champions League sorting rules: Are groups decided by head-to-head record or goal difference when teams finish level?

THE Champions League group stage continues with all eyes on Europe’s elite competition this season.

But what happens if teams finish on the same number of points in the group? We’ve got you covered.

 Manchester United could need a better head-to-head to progress

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Manchester United could need a better head-to-head to progress

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How are teams that finish level on points sorted in the Champions League?

Teams that finish level on points in the Champions League group stage are sorted by the following criteria.

Unlike the Premier League – which uses goal difference when teams are tied on points – the Champions League separates the teams on head-to-head points among the two fixtures between the sides.

Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams; Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams; Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams; Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams; Goal difference in all group matches; Goals scored in all group matches; Away goals scored in all group matches; Wins in all group matches; Away wins in all group matches; Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points); UEFA club coefficient. Who has already qualified from their groups?

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