The final matchweek of the Champions League group stage is upon us and several teams still have work to do to secure their last-16 places.

Former champions Inter and Liverpool are both yet to qualify from their respective groups, while there are plenty of other big names facing the possibility of elimination as only four knockout berths remain.

Harry Kane and Tottenham will hope to pip Inter in Group B, while Group C sees Liverpool, last year's finalists, jostle with Napoli and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.

Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk are also in the hunt on Wednesday and here we outline what each side must do to get through this week.

GROUP A

Unlike some of the other pools, this is a straightforward one. Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are through, while Club Brugge will drop into the Europa League, and Monaco are out.

Atleti will top the group with a win at Brugge, or if Dortmund do not triumph against Monaco.

GROUP B

Barcelona are through as group winners. PSV are out.

However, Tottenham and Inter remain neck and neck. Spurs lead the Italian side on head-to-head away goals and so must simply match their rivals' result, yet they travel to Barca as Inter host PSV.

GROUP C

One of the more complex groups sees Napoli, PSG and Liverpool vying for two places. Both Napoli and PSG can assure their own progression - the Italians with a draw and Thomas Tuchel's men with a win - but failure to pick up the required results will mean reliance on results elsewhere.

Napoli can lose to Liverpool and go through as long as PSG are also beaten by Red Star Belgrade. PSG are through if Liverpool do not win at Anfield.

Liverpool also still have their fate in their own hands, though. They must win but a 1-0 win or two-goal margin of victory sends them through regardless of PSG's result. The Reds could still finish bottom if they lose and Red Star win.

GROUP D

This pool is fairly cut and dry. Porto are group winners, Schalke are second. Galatasaray will beat Lokomotiv Moscow to third if they win against Porto or if the Russian outfit fail to get three points.

GROUP E

Another simple one becomes clearer still for the fact that Ajax and Bayern Munich, both already through, play each other. Only a home win in Amsterdam sees Ajax top the group.

Benfica are into the Europa League, while AEK are out.

GROUP F

Manchester City are through and Hoffenheim cannot progress, although they will drop into the Europa League if they win in Manchester and Shakhtar lose to Lyon.

Perhaps more realistically, only a Shakhtar win can prevent Lyon's progress, while the French club can still finish top of the pile if they win and City are beaten.

GROUP G

Reigning champions Real Madrid are through as group winners, with 2017-18 semi-finalists Roma in second. CSKA Moscow - away in Spain - must better Viktoria Plzen's result to reach the Europa League.

GROUP H

Juventus are through and will top the group with a win at Young Boys. Manchester United must triumph and hope the Bianconeri drop points to earn the top seed. Valencia are in third. Young Boys are out.

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca says his side will "fight until the end" after a dramatic 3-2 win over Hoffenheim kept their Champions League last-16 hopes alive.

Lyon's draw with Manchester City in Group F's other game means that Fonseca's men will qualify for the knockout stage if they defeat the French outfit in Ukraine in two weeks' time.

They had earlier looked like cruising to a first Champions League win of the campaign when Ismaily and Taison scored in the space of two first-half minutes in Germany.

Hoffenheim had other ideas, though, pulling one back almost straight away through a fine Andrej Kramaric goal and then drawing level after 40 minutes thanks to Steven Zuber's header.

Adam Szalai was dismissed for Hoffenheim – who can no longer qualify from the group – just before the hour and Taison struck again in stoppage time to secure a vital three points. 

"Now everything is in our hands," Fonseca told a news conference.

"We have a good chance to qualify but we need to win our final game. It will be very hard because Lyon are a great side.

"They showed it again as they avoided defeat to Manchester City again. But we will fight until the end."

Despite Szalai's dismissal, Hoffenheim had a host of golden opportunities to put the result to bed before Taison's late winner.

Zuber thundered an effort against the crossbar from distance, while Nico Schulz and Reiss Nelson both blazed wide from superb positions.

It means their wait for a first ever Champions League win goes on and coach Julian Nagelsmann was left to rue his side's wastefulness in the closing stages.

"I don't believe it's possible to play better with 10 men than we did," he told reporters.

"Had we managed to take advantage of our clear-cut chances, it would have been enough for the win. The final blow in the 92nd minute was brutal."

Schulz, whose glaring miss proved so decisive, added: "I am angry that I missed the open goal. Nevertheless, we played well even when a man down.

"It is our way of playing to go all out for a win, even with a man down, but in the end we were punished for that."

Taison's stoppage-time goal gave Shakhtar Donetsk a dramatic 3-2 win over Hoffenheim to keep their Champions League last-16 hopes alive.

Lyon's draw with Manchester City in Group F's other game means that Paulo Fonseca's side will qualify for the knockout stages if they defeat the French outfit in Ukraine in two weeks' time.

They had earlier looked like cruising to a first Champions League win of the campaign when Ismaily and Taison scored in the space of two first-half minutes.

Hoffenheim had other ideas, though, pulling one back almost straight away through a fine Andrej Kramaric goal and then drawing level after 40 minutes thanks to Steven Zuber's header.

Adam Szalai was dismissed for Hoffenheim – who can no longer qualify from the group – just before the hour and Taison left it mightily late to secure a vital three points. 

 

Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca says he has bigger concerns than an incorrect penalty call following a 6-0 Champions League hammering at Manchester City, criticising his players for a "lack of courage".

City benefited from a bizarre decision to award a spot-kick after Raheem Sterling had kicked the turf and fallen to the ground in the box, allowing Gabriel Jesus to score the home side's second and the first goal of his hat-trick.

But the referee Viktor Kassai's mistake mattered little in the end as City continued to dominate and scored six for the second home match in succession, following Sunday's 6-1 demolition of Southampton.

The result leaves Shakhtar bottom of Group F and four points adrift of second-placed Lyon with two matches left to play.

"There is no sense in saying anything about that penalty after such a result," Fonseca told Futbol 2. "We lost because City are a team at another level, much, much better than us.

"We were far from even trying to do anything [to win]. My team didn't show themselves well. They didn't show courage and that has disappointed me most of all.

"You may concede six goals, but it's even worse if you fear your opponents.

"Our biggest problem was fear, lack of courage. That's why we didn't try to build our game like we want to do.

"We still have chances to qualify. We need to win our two remaining games and hope for appropriate results in other games. And we have to try and do it. But it will be very difficult to achieve."

Raheem Sterling has apologised to referee Viktor Kassai and Shakhtar Donetsk after he was wrongly awarded a penalty in Manchester City's 6-0 Champions League triumph. 

Gabriel Jesus netted a hat-trick as Manchester City powered to a 6-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk but they will have to wait to book their place in the last 16 after Hoffenheim netted a late equaliser at Lyon in Group F's other fixture.

Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City's slick first-half display in the 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League as the best of his time in charge.

Manchester City cruised closer to Champions League knockout qualification as their fine form continued with a convincing 3-0 victory away to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Kevin De Bruyne will make his first start of the campaign for Manchester City in the Champions League clash at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Bruno Genesio argued a draw was the right result after Lyon fought back from a two-goal deficit to snatch a point against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Lyon scored twice inside two second-half minutes to salvage a late 2-2 home draw with Shakhtar Donetsk and stay top of Group F in the Champions League.

A stunning home record in the Champions League is on the line for Juventus on matchday two, with the Serie A giants facing Young Boys without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Julian Nagelsmann felt Hoffenheim coped well with a tough baptism to the Champions League group stages despite letting victory slip from their grasp against Shakhtar Donetsk. 

Substitute Maycon scored an 81st-minute equaliser as Shakhtar Donetsk rallied to secure a 2-2 draw against Hoffenheim in a see-saw Group F opener. 

Real Madrid set out to prove their Champions League dominance is not dependant on Cristiano Ronaldo when Roma visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

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