Beşiktaş drawn in Group G of the UEFA Champions League

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 24.08.2017 19:44
Updated 24.08.2017 20:04
Beşiktaş drawn in Group G of the UEFA Champions League

Istanbul's Beşiktaş was drawn in the UEFA Champions League Group G along with FC Porto and AS Monaco and RB Leipzig on Thursday.

Beşiktaş avoided a confrontation with a strong challenging opponent in the group state. However, the Turkish team could end up having a face trip with RB Leipzig, who finished second in Bundesliga last season.

One year ago, Monaco was a dangerous outlier in Pot 4 because it had few UEFA ranking points from the five previous seasons in the Champions League and Europa League.

Leipzig could now fill that role in its European debut after being the surprise Bundesliga runner-up. Created in 2009, Leipzig did not exist when Feyenoord, the 1970 European Cup winner, last played in the group stage 15 years ago.

Leipzig and Qarabag, the 106th-ranked champion of Azerbaijan, are the only group-stage newcomers.

The group stage kicks off on Sept. 13, and the final is played on May 26 in Kiev, at the Olympic Stadium which hosted the 2012 European Championship final.

UEFA on Thursday drew the following groups for the Champions League group stage:

Group A

Benfica

Manchester United

FC Basel

CSKA Moscow

Group B

Bayern Munich

Paris Saint Germain

Anderlecht

Celtic

Group C

Chelsea

Atletico Madrid

AS Roma

Qarabag

Group D

Juventus

Barcelona

Olympiakos Piraeus

Sporting Lisbon

Group E

Spartak Moscow

Sevilla

Liverpool

Maribor​

Group F

Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester City

Napoli

Feyenoord​

Group G

Monaco

Porto

Besiktas

RB Leipzig

Group H

Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspur

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