When is the Champions League group stage draw and match dates?

Tyler Owen
August 30, 2018

The result means Benfica take their place among the second seeds for Friday's (AEST) draw - a superior coefficient to Liverpool meaning the Premier League side will now reside in pot three.

Lyon striker Mariano is counting down the hours until he can call himself a Real Madrid player once again, as he trains in isolation in France.

The one surprise in Wednesday night's play-offs was the elimination of RB Salzburg by Red Star Belgrade, who came back from 2-0 down in Austria to draw 2-2 and advance on away goals.

Scottish champions Celtic miss out on Thursday's draw having been knocked out by AEK Athens in the third qualifying round earlier this month.

No teams from the same country can face each other in the group stages of the competition.

Reigning European League champions Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the signing of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and they will make their move in January 2019.

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Hazard was involved in the build up to the penalty being awarded, cleverly exchanging passes with Alonso , who went down under Schär's challenge.

Benfica got past PAOK 5-2 on aggregate in the playoff round to secure safe passage into the group stage, and that rubber-stamps Liverpool's berth in Pot 3.

The Russian champions are easily the weakest team in pot one and Dortmund will be hoping wind up in their group. There are a few banana skins in Pot 4, but AEK Athens, as well as Viktoria Plzen, should be easy enough to overcome. The Dutch side have some talented players but haven't been at their best since the departure of Peter Bosz.

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06: Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Christian Pulisic (C) in action during the Europe Champions League 2017-18 match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on 06 December 2017 in Madrid Spain.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool will learn their Champions League group-stage opponents in Monaco on Thursday.

This time the showpiece game will be held at the home of Real Madrid's neighbours, Atletico.

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