Champions League permutations, including what Liverpool must do to qualify

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Barcelona became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League this week.

Here, we look at what the remaining sides need with just two games left to play.

GROUP A

Borussia Dortmund can top the group by beating Club Brugge at home and Monaco away, regardless of Atletico Madrid’s results, providing they score more goals than the Spanish side.

A win for Atletico against Monaco will guarantee their qualification, unless Brugge win away at Dortmund.

Group A

GROUP B 

Tottenham need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley in the next match to retain a chance of qualification.

If they do so, the London side would need to better Inter Milan’s result against PSV Eindhoven when they take on Barcelona at the Nou Camp in their final group game.

Group B

GROUP C

Liverpool will qualify if they beat Paris Saint-Germain in Paris. If they draw, the Merseyside team would need to equal or better PSG’s result in the final game to secure a spot in the last 16.

If they lose in Paris, Liverpool can still go through if they beat Napoli by more than two goals in the final group stage fixture.

Group C

GROUP D

Porto have all but qualified, and need just one point from their final two games.

Schalke would have to drop points, and Galatasaray would need to win both remaining matches to prevent the German side going through to the last 16.

Group D

GROUP E

Similarly, Bayern Munich need just a point to qualify for the last 16.

Ajax can go through in the next match with a win against AEK Athens away, if Benfica lose in Munich.

Group E

GROUP F

Manchester City will head to the last 16 as group winners with a game left if they beat Lyon in France in the next game.

German side Hoffenheim need two wins from their final two matches to stand a chance of qualification in place of Lyon.

Group F

GROUP G

Real Madrid top their group, level on points with Roma, although the two meet each other in the next fixture.

CSKA Moscow would need one of the top two sides to lose, and to win both their games to have a chance of remaining in the competition.

Group G

GROUP H 

If Manchester United beat Young Boys and Valencia lose or draw away against Juventus, Jose Mourinho’s side will qualify.

If the English team lose or draw against Young Boys and Valencia lose or draw, they will need a point away against the latter.

Group H

Provided by Press Association Sport 

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Juventus player ratings as Ronaldo scores a stunner but Man United steal victory

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular goal against his former side but it was Manchester United who came away from Turin with all three points.

Juventus broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when Miralem Pjanic’s ball over the top was met by a sumptuous Ronaldo volley.

The Italians went on to squander a few glorious chances to extend their lead as United chased the game.

Substitute Juan Mata curled in a delicious free-kick from the edge of the area in the 86th minute to drag the away side level before Ashley Young’s in-swinging set-piece saw Alex Sandro turn the ball into his own net to give the Red Devils a winner in the final minute.

Here, we rate the performances of Juve’s players in the Champions League clash.

STARTING XI

Wojciech Szczesny – Didn’t have much to do for most of the game and not a lot he could’ve done to stop either of United’s goals. 5

Mattia De Sciglio – Kept tabs on Anthony Martial well while he was on the pitch but offered little going forward. 6

Leonardo Bonucci – Solid at the back but will be frustrated with his failure to deal with Young’s delivery for the winner. 6

Giorgio Chiellini – Was dominant in the air and marshalled the defence well, making six clearances. Superb in possession. 7

Alex Sandro – Barely stretched defensively but couldn’t get forward enough either. Had the misfortune of heading the ball into his own net for United’s winner. 5

Juan Cuadrado – Saw a lot of the ball and made inroads with runs through the middle. Skied his effort from Ronaldo’s lay-off in the second half. 6

Sami Khedira – Pushed forward to join the attack and struck the post from Ronaldo’s cutback. Wasted possession on a few occasions. 5

Miralem Pjanic – Wasn’t shadowed this time and did create several good chances with the freedom he had to find a pass, including the one for Ronaldo’s goal. Should’ve scored himself as well. 7

Rodrigo Bentancur – Tucked in to join the midfield but never really stood out. 5

Cristiano Ronaldo – His ball across the area saw Khedira strike the upright. Always threatened but couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch… until he did. A stunning volley with the ball coming from over his shoulder was pure genius and deservedly broke the deadlock. 8

Paulo Dybala – A few classy touches from the Argentine who popped up in threatening areas. Hit the crossbar with an excellent curling effort in the second half. 7

SUBS

Blaise Matuidi – Gave away the free-kick that let United back into the game – a clumsy tackle on Pogba on the edge of the area. 4

Andrea Barzagli – Came on to shore up the defence but instead invited United forward. N/A

Mario Mandzukic – Came on in injury time and never got involved. N/A

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Manchester United’s progression to the Champions League knockout stages is alive and kicking after they climbed off the canvas to deliver a knockout blow to group heavyweights Juventus in Turin.

A familiar face looked to have put them in a precarious predicament when Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring emphatically just past the hour. But a late one-two counter punch from Juan Mata and a Alex Sandro own goal saw the Red Devils sneak a precious 2-1 triumph.

Here is our report card from Allianz Stadium.

THE GOOD

United press their case – A huge feature of United’s performances in recent weeks has been their stirring second half comebacks – though they have been required after utterly abysmal first-half showings.

As if keenly aware of this, the visitors tore into the hosts from the start, pressing high and employing an overall high-energy tempo that didn’t allow Juve time to settle.

Cris of death – He’d actually been a passenger in a game driven chiefly by Paulo Dybala’s dynamism and Miralem Pjanic’s panache, but Ronaldo did what Ronaldo always does so often – steals the show.

The opening goal owed as much to Pjanic’s precision pass, but the Portuguese still had plenty to do as the ball dropped over his shoulder. On the periphery until that point, his first-time finish was perfection.

Ronaldo

THE BAD

Poor Pogba – Paul Pogba is oft been accused of failing to justify his inflated £89m price tag since leaving Italy for England. But if there was ever a game you could guarantee he’d be up for, it was his return to Turin.

Wrong. While Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera buzzed about midfield, Pogba floated about anonymously. He had little meaningful impact, was dispossessed a team-high five times and posted a fourth worst pass percentage of 81.6 per cent.

Juventus finishing – A spirited United performance shouldn’t gloss over the fact they absolutely stole a result. They started brightly and were a tad unlucky to fall behind to a stunning goal. But Juve could and should have been out of sight after taking the lead, with David De Gea’s goal leading a charmed life.

Juan Cuadrado and Dybala were guilty of passing up opportunities while the hosts twice hit the woodwork through Dybala’s dipping drive and Khedira’s clipped shot.

TACTICAL TURNING POINT

Matuidi’s energy allows Pjanic more space

In Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi, the Old Lady possess two veterans entering the twilight of glorious careers. Yet the German and Frenchman, both 31, offer very different options for Massimiliano Allegri.

Khedira started yet was hooked on the hour after an ineffective outing, his 77.4 per cent pass accuracy was a team low for an outfield player bar late sub Andrea Barzagli. Matuidi replaced him and offered an instant injection of pace and energy. Deployed further forward, he gave Pjanic more breathing room in midfield. He used it wisely, his sumptuous delivery teeing up Ronaldo.

GRADES

Juventus C

Took control of the game towards the end of the first half and when they broke the deadlock, the result looked inevitable. Played some scintillating stuff going forward as they looked to kill the game off. How they ended up losing 2-1 is unfathomable as it is unforgivable.

Manchester United B

The definitive smash-and-grab performance from the visitors, who must be commended for setting out with a positive mind frame in favour of trying not to get beat. They were stoic and steadfast in the face of superior opposition and hung in there, making Juve pay for not finishing them off.

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