Erling Braut Haaland meets old club Borussia Dortmund – here’s the Champions League group
Erling Braut Haaland and Manchester City will face, among others, Borussia Dortmund in this autumn’s Champions League group stage.
That meant a reunion with his former hometown and the “Yellow Wall” in the Dortmund arena for Haaland. City are seeded 1st in Thursday’s draw. They drew Sevilla from level 2, Dortmund from level 3 and FC Copenhagen from level 4.
Haaland became Dortmund’s top scorer in the 2020/21 Champions League season.
Defending champions Real Madrid will face RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic in Group F. Last season’s losing finalists, Liverpool, will face Ajax, Napoli and Rangers in Group A.
Dinamo Zagreb, who beat Bodø/Glimt in the final qualifying round on Wednesday, ended up in a very tough group with Milan, Chelsea and Salzburg.
The Champions League group stage begins on September 6. Matches were played more often than usual as the group stage had to be completed in time before the World Cup in Qatar (20 November-18 December).
The round of 16 starts on February 14, while the final in Istanbul will be played on June 10.
Here’s how the groups are drawn:
Group A: Ajax (Netherlands), Liverpool (England), Napoli (Italy), Rangers (Scotland).
Group B: Porto (Portugal), Atlético Madrid (Spain), Leverkusen (Germany), Bruges (Belgium).
Group C: Bayern Munich (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Inter (Italy), Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic).
Group D: Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), Tottenham (England), Sporting (Portugal), Marseille (France).
Group E: Milan (Italy), Chelsea (England), Salzburg (Austria), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia).
Real Madrid (Spain), RB Leipzig (Germany), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Celtic (Scotland).
Manchester City (England), Sevilla (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), FC Copenhagen (Denmark).
Paris-Saint Germain (France), Juventus (Italy), Benfica (Portugal), Maccabi Haifa (Israel). (NTB)
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