City & Tottenham through to last 16, while Liverpool let 3 goal lead slip

Rochdale snatch late equaliser to earn a trip to Wembley!

Tottenham hotspurs came from behind in Germany to record a 2-1 win against Borussia Dortmund that assures they qualify as group winners for the knock out stages.

Dortmund need to win for any chance of making the last 16 and took the lead when recalled striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang notched up his 16th goal of the season, giving the home team a lead they took into the half time break.

However, despite being behind the second half was all about Spurs, who equalised within minutes of the restart, Dele Alli finding Harry Kane, who’s strike from the edge of the box squeezed past a couple of defenders and beating Roman Burki in the home net.
With Dele Alli causing havoc in the Dortmund defence, he again was the provider for Tottenham’s second goal, this time he beat two defenders before finding Son Heung-min in space who sent a curling shot into the back of the net to ensure the visitors took a lead they would never lose.

Manchester City also booked their place in the last 16 as group winners with a 1-0 home win over Dutch side Feyenoord, although they left it late needing an 88th minute goal by Raheem Sterling to ensure top spot. City had their earlier chances with Sergio Aguero missing several opportunities, while Yaya Toure’s free kick went agonisingly close. Feyenoord also had their chances to upset the status quo had Sam Larsson and Steven Berghuis both been more composed and took their opportunities in front of goal.

The third Premier League side in action last night was Liverpool, who blew a 3-0 lead away to Seville and with it their chance of a guaranteed place in the last 16!

The Reds started like a house on fire and took the lead in the 2nd minute with Roberto Firmino on hand to react to Georginio Wijnaldum clever flick.

Midway through the half it was Firmino who turned provider, this time setting up Sadio Mane to head in Liverpool’s second, before it was Firmino again who reacted quickest to Mane’s effort that was well saved by Sevilla’s goalkeeper Rico, only to land in the path of Firminho who tapped the ball in to make it 3-0 at the half hour mark.

But in a match, that was definitely a ‘game of two halves’ Sevilla looked a transformed team in the second half, and opened their account shortly after the break from the head of Wissam Ben Yedder. It was Yeder again who scored the Spaniards second, this time from the penalty spot after Moreno had been adjudged to have fouled Yedder in the area. With the score now at 2-3 to the visitors, it was a dramatic end to the game when Guido Pizarro was on hand to tap the ball past Liverpool keeper Karuis in the 3rd minute of added time to complete a fantastic come back.

The result leaves Liverpool still in pole position in Group E, however they would need 3 points in their final game against Spartak Moscow to ensure they go through as group leaders.

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