Matildas Abroad Preview: UWCL group stage wraps up for the year

The UWCL group stage continues on Thursday and Friday (AEDT) with the last games of the calendar year, and the potential for the first quarter-finalists to be confirmed.

Read a preview of the Matildas Abroad below. The UEFA Women's Champions League is streamed live and free on the DAZN YouTube Channel.

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Group B

Ellie Carpenter's Lyon will take on Larissa Crummer's SK Brann, with Lyon looking to continue their unbeaten streak in the UWCL group stage and book their quarter-final spot with two games to spare.

Kadidiatou Diani (11) from OL celebrating her goal with Ellie Carpenter (12) from OL during the UEFA Women s Champions League game between Olympique Lyonnais and SK Brann at Groupama Stadium in DÃ cines-Charpieu, France. (Pauline FIGUET / SPP)
Kadidiatou Diani celebrating her goal with Ellie Carpenter from OL during the UEFA Women's Champions League game between Olympique Lyonnais and SK Brann at Groupama Stadium in DÃ cines-Charpieu, France. (Photo: Pauline FIGUET / SPP via Imago)

Lyon has a maximum of nine points in Group B, with the French side recording a 3-1 victory over SK Brann a brace to Kadidiatou Diani and a goal to Ada Hegerberg. 

Brann v Lyon
Date: Friday 22 December
Time: 4:45am AEDT 
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Group C

Clare Hunt's Paris Saint-Germain recorded their first win of the UWCL group stage last week, defeating AS Roma to keep their hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals alive. 

Just two points separate Bayern Munich at the top of the table and PSG at the bottom of the table in fourth, with it all to play for in the final three games of the group stage. 

AS Roma v PSG 
Date: Thursday 21 December
Time: 4:45am AEDT 
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Group D

Group D is filled with Aussies, Sarah Hunter's Paris FC handed Hayley Raso's Real Madrid a 2-1 defeat last week, with Paris picking up their first win of the group stage, with Real still in search of their first victory of the group stage. 

Chiamaka Nnadozie of Paris FC dives at the feet of Hayley Raso of Real Madrid during the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage match between Paris FC and Real Madrid CF at Stade Charlety on December 14, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Franco Arland/Getty Images)
Chiamaka Nnadozie of Paris FC dives at the feet of Hayley Raso of Real Madrid during the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage match between Paris FC and Real Madrid CF at Stade Charlety on December 14, 2023, in Paris, France. (Photo: Franco Arland/Getty Images)

Two points separate the sides going into matchday four, with both teams looking to keep their hopes of advancing to the next stage alive with maximum points.

Real Madrid v Paris FC
Date: Thursday 21 December
Time: 7:00am AEDT 
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The other Group D fixture will see a top-of-the-table clash as Aivi Luik's BK Häcken host Sam Kerr's Chelsea, with the Swedish side sitting in first place in the group after keeping the Blues to a scoreless draw in the last meeting. 

Aivi Luik of BK Häcken and Sam Kerr of Chelsea during the UEFA Women's Champions League game at Stamford Bridge. (Photo: Katie Chan/Action Plus via Imago)
Aivi Luik of BK Häcken and Sam Kerr of Chelsea during the UEFA Women's Champions League game at Stamford Bridge. (Photo: Katie Chan/Action Plus via Imago)

Emma Hayes' side will be in for a tough game when they travel to Gothenburg, with a sell-out crowd, artificial surface and possible sub-zero temperatures in store.

BK Häcken v Chelsea
Date: Thursday 21 December
Time: 7:00am AEDT 
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