Which clubs have qualified for the Champions League last 16?


With one matchday still to go in the group stage, 12 teams have now sealed their spot in the 2022/23 Champions League knockout stages.

Inter Milan, Liverpool and Porto all qualified for the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday, with 12 teams now through to the knockout rounds after matchday five of the group stage.

Wednesday’s Champions League action: a summary
Having thumped Rangers 7-1 last time out in the Champions League, Liverpool rubber-stamped their passage to the last 16 with an easy win over Ajax. Mohamed Salah, Darwin Núñez and Harvey Elliot were on target for the Reds, who can still top the group – but need a big win against Napoli on matchday six. The already-through Italians, who beat Rangers 3-0 on Wednesday, will top Group A as long as they avoid a four-goal defeat at Anfield.

Club Brugge, who confirmed their qualification from Group B on matchday four, lost 4-0 at home to Porto – and that result sent the Portuguese through to the last 16, thanks to a late Atlético Madrid penalty miss against Bayer Leverkusen. With Porto beating Brugge, Atlético needed a victory over Leverkusen to keep their hopes of qualification alive, but after Yannick Carrasco spurned a 99th-minute spot-kick, it ended 2-2 in Spain. To guarantee a third-placed finish ahead of Leverkusen, Atleti must now defeat Porto on matchday six.

In one of the day’s early Champions League kickoffs, Inter’s 4-0 win over Viktoria Plzen confirmed the Nerazzurri’s qualification for the last 16 – and condemned LaLiga giants Barcelona to a second straight group-stage exit. Barça, who later lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich, are certain to finish third and drop into the Europa League. Bayern’s comfortable victory at the Camp Nou confirmed the Germans as Group C winners.

Nothing has been decided in Group D, where only two points separate first and fourth. Leaders Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with second-placed Sporting CP on Wednesday, and Eintracht Frankfurt beat Marseille 2-1 to leapfrog the Frenchmen into third. In the final round of group games, Spurs will be guaranteed qualification if they draw away to Marseille, while Sporting CP and Frankfurt meet in Portugal in a winner-takes-all clash. A point will also do Sporting, as they have the head-to-head advantage over the Germans.

Champions League last 16: qualified teams
What happened in the Champions League on Tuesday?
In Tuesday’s matchday-five action, four clubs booked their spots in the Champions League knockout stages. Chelsea’s win over RB Salzburg was enough not only to clinch qualification, but also top Group E. In Group G, Borussia Dortmund’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City saw the Germans join Pep Guardiola’s men in the last 16, and Group H, Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica both won and went through. PSG thumped Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in Paris, while As Águias’ consigned Juventus to an early exit with a 4-3 win in Lisbon.


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