A total of 15 of the 16 available spots in the UEFA Champions League knockout round have been claimed, leaving just one last berth that Atalanta and Villarreal will be vying for on Thursday, Dec. 9. A snowstorm in Bergamo, Italy forced the postponement of the match by a day.
The two sides are in Group F, and they are battling for second place behind Manchester United (the top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stage). Villarreal can advance with a win or draw, while Atalanta needs a win.
As a second-place team, the team that qualifies between Atalanta and Villarreal will be in a pot with all the other group runners-up ahead of the Round of 16 draw. Awaiting the team that advances will be a matchup against one of the group winners, though Man United is not an option per tournament rules (same group) and nor are other group winners which hail from the same country.
Round of 16 Draw: Date, teams, seeds and rules for knockout draw
The Round of 16 kicks off in February 2022 following a winter break. The group runners-up will host the first leg of each Round of 16 match, and then play on the road for the second legs.
Champions League schedule: Group stage, Matchday 6
Home teams listed first
Thursday, Dec. 9 (Matchday 6)
|Group||Match||Time (ET)||TV channels||Stream|
|Group F||Atalanta vs. Villarreal||1 p.m.||TBD||fuboTV , Paramount+|
Wednesday, Dec. 8 (Matchday 6)
|Group H||Juventus 1 , Malmo FF 0||Highlights|
|Group H||FC Zenit 3 , Chelsea 3||Highlights|
|Group E||Benfica 2, Dynamo Kyiv 0||Highlights|
|Group E||Bayern Munich 3, Barcelona 0||Highlights|
|Group F||Man United 1, BSC Young Boys 1||Highlights|
|Group F||Atalanta vs. Villarreal||Postponed|
|Group G||RB Salzburg 1, Sevilla 0||Highlights|
|Group G||Wolfsburg 1, LOSC Lille 3||Highlights|
Tuesday, Dec. 7 (Matchday 6)
How to watch the UEFA Champions League
The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League is 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 has live pregame, halftime and postgame studio shows (UEFA Champions League Today) which 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 group stage matches.
Univision mirrors 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 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 in Champions League
And 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|