Liverpool cruised into the knock out stages of this years Champions League with a 7 -0 victory over Spartak Moscow at Anfield, confirming them as Group E winners and taking their goal tally in the Group stage to 23.
A 4th minute penalty by Coutinho started the rout, which was doubled 11 minutes later, when Coutinho was on hand to finish after brilliant work by fellow Brazilian Firmino. It was Firmino that turn goal scorer next making it 3-0 after twenty minutes, which is how it stayed until the break.
The second half started in much the same way as the first, Sadio Mane getting his name on the score sheet with a superb Volley 3 minutes after the restart before Coutinho’s deflected shoot found the net and completed his first hat-trick for the Reds minutes later to make it 5-0. Midway through the half, Mane doubled his tally for the evening with their sixth, before Liverpool’s Summer bargain Mohamed Salah completed the scoring making it 7-0.
Tottenham kept their Undefeated European record in tact as they strolled past Apoel Nicosia with a 3-0 win at Wembley last night. With their place at the top of Group H already confirmed Mauricio Pochettino decided to rest a few of his stars giving some squad players the game time.
Spurs were dominant from the start and were rewarded on the 20-minute mark when summer signing Fernando Llorente confused the Apoel defence to score his first for the club since moving from Swansea. Llorente was also involved in their 2nd goal, this time playing a one-two with Son Heung-min who then curled the ball into the net.
In a game were Apoel offered little in the form of an attack, their best chance game in the second half, Praxitelis Vouros having his deflected shoot go wide, however it was Spurs who would score the only goal of the second half, with George Kevin N’Koudou getting a rare goal for the club, with his deflected effort with 10 minutes remaining.
Final English team involved last night was Manchester City who lost 2-1 to Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk, ending their remarkable 29 match unbeaten run. With their place at the top of Group F already ensured and the massive Manchester Derby at the weekend, City boss Pep Guardiola decided to hand U17’s world cup winner Phil Foden his first competitive start as he named a much-changed line up.
Two First half goals by Bernard and Ismaily gave the home team a two-goal advantage at the half time break and although the usually free scoring City team played better in the second half, all they could muster was an injury penalty from Sergio Aguero.
The result means there are a record five Premier league teams in the last 16 of the champions league, with both Manchester teams topping their groups along with Tottenham and Liverpool, while Chelsea qualified as one of the 2nd placed teams as they all await Mondays draw.
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