Champions League: Real eyes progress, Napoli on brink

Holder Real Madrid headlines a selection of teams which can secure a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night. Liverpool is also within reach of a spot in the knockout phase, but Serie A high-flyers Napoli is in deep trouble.

Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates have endured a poor start to their La Liga campaign, but they can qualify with a win over Cypriots APOEL, or a point if struggling Dortmund fails to see off Tottenham.   -  AFP

Holder Real Madrid headlines a selection of teams which can secure a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

Liverpool is also within reach of a spot in the knockout phase, but Serie A high-flyers Napoli is in deep trouble.

AFP Sport looks at who can qualify from the teams playing on Tuesday:

Playing Tuesday (all times 1945 GMT unless stated)

Group E

Spartak Moscow v Maribor (1700 GMT)

Sevilla v Liverpool

The winner of Liverpool's match at Sevilla will qualify. The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Anfield on the opening matchday, and another point for five-time European champion Liverpool would still see them book a last-16 spot for the first time since 2008/09 if Spartak loses at home to Maribor. Russian champion Spartak cannot be eliminated on Tuesday and would secure at least third place with a draw. Slovenian outfit Maribor has to win and hope Sevilla loses to Liverpool to stay in knockout round contention.

Group F

Manchester City v Feyenoord

Napoli v Shakhtar Donetsk

Serie A leader Napoli hosts Shakhtar needing to win and score at least two goals to keep its hopes alive. The Italian side lost 2-1 in Ukraine in the reverse fixture, so needs to level its head-to-head record with Shakhtar to take the group to a final matchday.

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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will wrap up top spot in the group with a home win over pointless Feyenoord, or with a draw if Shakhtar loses in Naples.

Group G

Besiktas v Porto (1700 GMT)

AS Monaco v RB Leipzig

Turkish champion Besiktas is on the cusp of the last 16 and will secure top spot with a draw. If Leipzig fails to beat Monaco, then it will finish in the top two regardless. Two-time champion Porto will book its ticket to the knockout stage with a victory in Istanbul if Leipzig does not win in the principality. Last season's semifinalists Monaco has to win and hope Porto does not to have any chance of replicating its feats from last term.

Group H

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur

APOEL v Real Madrid

After its famous 3-1 win over the holders at Wembley last time out, Spurs just have to match Real's result on Tuesday to secure first place.

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Zinedine Zidane's Spanish champion will qualify with a win over Cypriots APOEL, and with a point if struggling Dortmund fails to see off Tottenham. A pair of draws against the Germans have kept APOEL's slim chances alive, but it will be out if it does not pull off a shock win over Real.