Teams out of Champions League group stage 2023/24: Which clubs have been eliminated before knockout phase?

The battle to reach the 2023/24 Champions League Round of 16 knockout stages looks set to be a tense one before the end of 2023.

The competition will effectively be split in half from the start of 2024, with 16 teams eliminated at the group stages in December, and the other 16 progressing into the next phase from February onwards.

Defending champions Manchester City became one of the first teams to book their spot in the Round of 16, but the race to avoid dropping into the Europa League, or out of European competition altogether, will go right until the final round of matches.

The Sporting News looks at which teams have already been eliminated from this season’s Champions League and how the Europa League ‘back up’ option works.

MORE: UEFA Champions League group stage standings, results, schedule, and fixtures for 2023/24

Teams out of the UEFA Champions League: Every team eliminated

As teams reach their goal of securing a place in the knockout stages, other sides are eliminated from the competition, ahead of the final round of group matches in December.

Those who finish top two in their group move on to the knockout stage. The bottom two teams are eliminated from the Champions League, with third-place finishers dropping to the Europa League group stage and those in last eliminated from Europe entirely.

The table below will be updated after each Champions League matchday to confirm which teams have been knocked out of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League.

Team Date Eliminated Group European Fate
Red Star Belgrade (SER) Nov. 8  Group G Eliminated
Young Boys (SWI) Nov. 8  Group G Europa League
Royal Antwerp (BEL) Nov. 8  Group H Eliminated
Union Berlin (GER) Nov. 9 Group C TBD
Benfica (POR) Nov. 9 Group D TBD
RB Salzburg (AUS) Nov. 9 Group D TBD
Celtic (SCO) Nov. 28 Group E Eliminated
Lens (FRA) Nov. 29 Group A TBD
Sevilla (SPA) Nov. 29 Group A TBD

How does Champions League Round of 16 qualification work?

Qualification for the Champions League Round of 16 follows a relatively simple mini-league format based on final results from group games. All eight groups (A-H) include four teams, with the top two qualifying for the next phase, and the bottom two eliminated.

Tiebreakers are used when two teams are tied on overall points, with head-to-head points in the games played between them used first, followed by head-to-head goal difference and head-to-head goals scored.

Here is the full list of UEFA Champions League group stage tiebreakers follow below as per the official tournament regulations

  1. Points obtained in group matches played among teams in question
  2. Superior goal difference from group matches played among teams in question
  3. Goals scored in group matches played among teams in question
  4. Criteria 1-3 reapplied exclusively to the matches between the remaining teams
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches
  6. Goals scored in all group matches
  7. Away goals scored in all group matches
  8. Wins in all group matches
  9. Away wins in all group matches
  10. Disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards
  11. UEFA club coefficient

When the groups are finally settled in December, the team finishing in fourth place will be eliminated from all European competitions for that season, with the third place side offered a route into the UEFA Europa League.

The Europa League group stages follows the same format as the Champions League, with group winners qualifying directly for the Round of 16 in that competition, and teams finishing in second facing a playoff against second place Champions League finishers, to reach the Round of 16.

Europa League second place teams are seeded for the Round of 16 playoff draw and Champions League third place teams are not.

UEFA Champions League schedule 2023-24

  • Group stage: Sept 19-Dec 13, 2023
  • Round of 16: Feb 13-March 13, 2024
  • Quarterfinals: April 9-17, 2024
  • Semifinals: April 30-May 8, 2024
  • Final: June 1, 2024

The 2022/23 Champions League was amended to fit in the 2022 World Cup, but the 2023/24 tournament follows a more traditional format, with group stage matches stretching into December

There will then be a standard three-month break before the knockout stages begin in mid-February. 

The 2023/24 Champions League final will be held on June 1, at Wembley Stadium, as a slightly earlier clash, due to the incoming Euro 2024 tournament.

How to watch Champions League around the world

  TV channel Streaming
Australia Stan Sport
Canada DAZN
Hong Kong beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect
India Sony TEN JioTV, Sony LIV
Malaysia beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, sooka
New Zealand Spark Sport
Singapore beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+
UK TNT Sports discovery+
USA CBS, CBSSN,
Univision, TUDN,
UniMas
FuboParamount+,
ViX or ViX+

USA: Matches are available to stream on Paramount+ (English) and ViX (Spanish) for subscribers, and when matches are televised on CBS or Univision channels, those are also streamed on Fubo.

Canada: Every Champions League game streams live on DAZN.

Australia: Every UEFA Champions League Match. 4K UHD. Exclusive & Ad-free on Stan Sport. The Home of UEFA Champions League.

UK: Matches are broadcast on TNT Sports and streamed on discovery+.

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