UEFA Champions League standings for group B are shown below: gb

While the same table from skysports.com and other websites like espn, foxsports, flashscore put PSG ahead of Bayern Munich as shown in figure below: gb-ss

So, my question is, why is Bayern Munich ahead of PSG in UEFA table with goal difference of 3 against goal difference of 5? Is this a mistake or because of their club coefficient they are ahead or there are some other reason.

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    Because they are alphabetically sorted.
    – gdrt
    Sep 13, 2017 at 13:34
  • Agreed with @gdrt, it happens in all cases, for example in Group A FC Basel 1893 has a goal difference of -3 and is ahead of SL Benfica, which is only -1. They have a footnote stating that Standings are provisional until all group matches have been played.
    – fedorqui
    Sep 13, 2017 at 13:41
  • @gdrt Well didn't think of that, was looking at goal difference only, now you mentioned it I feel stupid and this line at the bottom "Standings are provisional until all group matches have been played" may have something for table not being updated with GD. Sep 13, 2017 at 13:41
  • @fedorqui Sir was writing comment beat me by 20 sec or so. Sep 13, 2017 at 13:43
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    Ram: great minds think alike ;-)
    – fedorqui
    Sep 13, 2017 at 13:46

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According to UEFA group stage tie-breaking rules:

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied in the order given to determine their rankings:

  • a. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  • [...]

But as Bayern Munich and PSG have not yet played, they are just sorted alphabetically. You can see that in other groups as well.

Also as you and @fedorqui already mentioned in the comments there's a footnote stating that:

Standings are provisional until all group matches have been played.

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