Champions League preview: Real Madrid, BVB play for critical seed

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Unlike Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League group stage finales, which featured a lot of dead rubber, Wednesday’s docket has heavy weighted matches.

Look no further than the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund duke it out for Group F honors.

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After drawing in Germany, the onus is on Real to scoop up a win at home. A draw or better gives BVB the seeded berth in the next round.

Given where fellow Bundesliga and La Liga sides finished, the knockout round opponents make the seeded spot quite interesting.

If Real wins the group…
Real could play PSG, Benfica, Man City, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus or Lyon, Porto or Copenhagen.
BVB could play Leicester City, Monaco, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Napoli, Arsenal, Juventus or Sevilla

If BVB wins the group…
Real could play Arsenal, Napoli, Monaco, Leicester City, Juventus or Sevilla
BVB could play Man City, Benfica, PSG, Porto or Copenhagen, Lyon or Sevilla

As for the Premier League sides, Leicester City can relax when it visits Porto with its seeded fate sealed atop Group A. Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, falls into the Europa League with a win or draw against visiting CSKA Moscow. Lose at Wembley, and Spurs are out of Europe. Might they prefer that?

Also in play

Group F: Sporting CP or Legia Warsaw can advance to Europa. Hosts Legia need to win, while a draw would be enough for Sporting.

Group G: Porto advances to the knockout rounds with a win against Leicester, or if Copenhagen fails to win at Club Brugge.

Group H: Juventus wins the group by earning more points than Sevilla; Sevilla advances with a draw or better at Lyon; Lyon advances with a multi-goal win over Sevilla; Lyon or Sevilla will go to the Europa League.

Wednesday’s UCL schedule
all matches at 2:45 p.m. EDT

Tottenham Hotspur vs. CSKA Moscow
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Monaco
Juventus vs. Dinamo Zagreb
Club Brugge vs. FC Copenhagen
Legia Warsaw vs. Sporting CP
Lyon vs. Sevilla
Porto vs. Leicester City
Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund

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