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Win or bust for Liverpool in Champions League showdown with Basel


Win or bust for Liverpool in Champions League showdown with Basel


Juventus and Atletico Madrid battle it out on Tuesday (December 9) evening in the Champions League in an attempt to top Group A before the knockout stages.

The Italians need to beat the group’s pace-setters by two clear goals in Turin in order to achieve that.

A draw however will assure the Italian champions second place, but, Massimiliano Allegri’s side could still miss out on the knockout stages altogether if they lose to Atletico and Olympiacos beat Malmo.

It’s win or bust for Liverpool who take on Swiss champions Basel in their final Group B encounter.

After a disappointing campaign so far The Reds are level on four points with Bulgarian side Ludogorets, two points behind Basel and 11 points adrift of unbeaten group winners Real Madrid.

Basel need just a draw at Anfield to put an early end to Liverpool’s return to Champions League action after a four-year absence.

Elsewhere Real Madrid can set a new Spanish record of 19 straight victories when they take on Ludogorets.

French first division side Monaco need to avoid defeat against Russian league leaders Zenit St Petersburg if they are to progress to the last 16 of Europe’s elite competition.

The principality club can even top the group if they draw and group leaders Bayer Leverkusen lose away at Benfica or even if the Germans draw in Portugal and they win at the Louis II stadium.

Whatever the results on the night Bayer Leverkusen have already assured their place in the knockout phase, it’s just whether they go through as group winners or runners up.

Group D is already done and dusted with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal having qualified.

Dortmund take on Anderlecht looking to cement top spot while the Gunners take on Galatasaray.

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