The first two teams have qualified to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 after Juventus (Group H) and Bayern Munich (Group E) maintained their perfect record and mathematically clinched spots in the knockouts.
Two other teams on perfect runs — Liverpool (Group B) and Ajax (Group C) — could join them in the next stage if results fall their way on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Swedish side Malmo FF became the first team eliminated after losing its fourth straight match. Other teams like RB Leipzig (Group A), AC Milan (Group B), Besiktas (Group C) and Shakhtar Donetsk (Group D) could also be ousted, although they’ll be playing for third place and a berth into the Europa League.
MORE: Latest Champions League group standings
The most fascinating matchups include the rematch between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield, and Inter Milan’s visit to Moldova to take on surprise Group D leaders FC Sheriff Tiraspol. Meanwhile, PSG will get Kylian Mbappe back, but it will be without Lionel Messi for a tricky trip to Germany against RB Leipzig.
Champions League schedule: Group stage, Matchday 4
Home teams listed first
Tuesday, Nov. 2 (Matchday 4)
Wednesday, Nov. 3 (Matchday 4)
|Group||Matches||Time (ET)||TV channels||Stream|
|Group B||AC Milan vs. Porto||1:45 p.m.||Galavision||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group D||Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk||1:45 p.m.||UniMas, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group A||Manchester City vs. Club Brugge||4 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group A||RB Leipzig vs. PSG||4 p.m.||Univision, TUDN||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group B||Liverpool vs. Atletico Madrid||4 p.m.||—||PrendeTV, Paramount+|
|Group C||Sporting CP vs. Besiktas||4 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group C||Borussia Dortmund vs. Ajax||4 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
|Group D||Sheriff Tiraspol vs. Inter Milan||4 p.m.||TUDNxtra||fuboTV, Paramount+|
How to watch the UEFA Champions League
The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League will be carried in the United States by CBS (English) and Univision (Spanish) across a number of TV and streaming platforms.
- Dates: 29 matchdays from Sept. 2021-May 2022
- TV Channels: CBS, CBS Sports Network-CBSSN (select matches only)
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision, TUDNxtra (TUDNxtra available through select cable, satellite & streaming providers)
- Streaming (English): Paramount+
- Streaming (Spanish): fuboTV, PrendeTV, TUDN.tv, TUDN app (authenticated users)
CBS Sports will have live pregame, halftime and postgame studio shows (UEFA Champions League Today) which will air on CBS Sports Network and stream on Paramount+. Also back this year is the RedZone-like whiparound show called “The Golazo Show”, also on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+, with all the goals and best chances from the concurrent matches.
Univision will mirror that coverage with its own pregame show (Fútbol Central) and postgame show (Misión Europa). Its whip-around show is called “Zona Fútbol”.
Most every Champions League match is available to be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial to new subscribers. The streaming platform carries all the Univision family of channels: Univision, TUDN, UniMas, Galavision and TUDNxtra.
Univision will stream select matches on its free ad-supported platform PrendeTV available free of charge across mobile and connected TV devices, Amazon Fire TV, Apple (iOS and tvOS), Google (Android phones and TV devices), Roku, and via the web on Prende.tv.
UEFA Champions League 2021-2022: Tournament Format
The 2021-2022 edition of the UEFA Champions League features a familiar format and one massive new twist.
As usual, the tournament starts out with a group stage (eight groups of four teams each), and only the top two finishers in each group advance to the Round of 16 that kicks off in February 2022. Two-leg, aggregate-goal knockout rounds are played the rest of the way through to the single game final that will be held on May 28, 2022 in Russia.
- Group Stage: Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 19-20, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8
- Round of 16: Feb. 15-16, March 8-9 / Feb. 22-23, March 15-16
- Quarterfinals: April 5-6, April 12-13
- Semifinals: April 26-27, May 3-4
- Final: May 28, 2022 (St. Petersburg, Russia)
No away goals tiebreaker
Here’s that twist: For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goals tiebreaker used in the knockout rounds of UEFA competitions, including the Champions League, after it was abolished in June 2021.
Series that are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg will go straight to extra time and, if necessary, a penalty-kick shootout.
UEFA Champions League clubs by country
|No. of Teams||Country||Qualified Teams|
|5||Spain||Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal|
|4||England||Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea|
|4||Germany||Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, VfL Wolfsburg|
|4||Italy||Inter Milan, Atalanta, AC Milan, Juventus|
|3||Portugal||Sporting CP, Porto, Benfica|
|2||France||LOSC Lille, Paris Saint-Germain|
|2||Ukraine||Dynamo Kiev, Shakhtar Donetsk|
|1||Russia||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|1||Switzerland||BSC Young Boys|