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group stagenoun [C]

in ​football and some other ​sports, the first ​part of a ​cupcompetition when ​teams are ​divided into ​groups and the ​teams in each ​groupplay against each other. The ​winner or ​winners of each ​group then ​move onto the next ​part of the ​competition: the ​groupstage of the Champions League
(Definition of group stage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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