Football Language: Head-to-head record
When teams finish level in a league or a qualifying group they have to be separated in some way. Usually this is done by goal difference but sometimes the results between the two teams counts instead – this happens for example in La Liga in Spain. In the Champions League when teams finish level on points in the qualifying group the head-to-head record is used. So, for example if team A beats team B at home and then draws away Team A will finish above Team B in the table. Sometimes this phrase is also used when comparing results between two teams over time – Brazil have a better head-to-head record against Germany: they have played each other 22 times with 5 wins for the Germans and 12 wins for the Brazilians and five draws. Head-to-head record.
Example: Roma finished ahead of Chelsea in their Champions League group thanks to a better ‘head-to-head record‘ – Roma beat Chelsea 3-0 at home and drew 3-3 in London.