In another fantastic night of Premier League sides in Europe, both Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City showed English clubs can compete with Europe’s best and a Premier League team has a real chance of lifting the Champions League Trophy.
Tottenham secured their place in the last 16 with an outstanding performance to beat the current holders Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley, with a fit again Harry Kane, spurs dominated from the start and took the lead in the 27th minute when Dele Alli, contacted with Kieran Trippers cross, to score from close range. The England International doubled the home teams lead 10 minutes into the 2nd half, when his shot deflected of Real skipper Sergio Ramos.
Minutes later Harry Kane set up Christian Eriksen to calmly knock in Tottenham’s third of the night and ensure his side of a place in the last 16. Ronaldo did pull a mere consolation goal back for the Spanish giants, but his team never looked like taking the points as Tottenham announced to the rest of Europe exactly what they are capable off.
While Tottenham were giving Real Madrid a master class in football, Premier League Leaders Manchester City travelled to Serie A leaders Napoli looking to secure their place in the last 16.
Despite the Italians taking the lead midway through the first half with Lorenzo Insigne taking advantage of the home teams early dominance, however as the game grew so did City’s confidence and they managed to pull a goal back through Nicolas Otamendi to make it 1-1 at the break.
The visitors started the 2nd half like a rocket and took the lead within 2 minutes of the restart as John Stones headed in his third champions league goal of the season.
This only made the hosts step up the pressure has their champions leagues hopes were on the line and again drew level through a Jorginho penalty. However, with 30 minutes reminding and the game following from end to end, it was Manchester City’s all-time leading goal scorer who broke the deadlock and Napoli hearts with his 178th for the club, pushing him ahead of City legend Eric Brook’s long-standing record. The impressive Raheem Sterling ensured there would be no late Italian come back has he scored their fourth in injury time to make it 2-4 and help City join Tottenham in the final 16.
Three second half goals to Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge helped Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Maribor and ensured they remind top of Group E with two games remining.