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Liverpool players surround Philippe Coutinho after he scored their second goal during their match against Spartak Moscow in Liverpool, North-West England on December 6, 2017
Philippe Coutinho’s hat-trick inspired by Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in qualifying for the Champions League last 16. This quartet completed the line-up on the final night of group-stage action that was also notable for another Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking goals in the competition.
The Portuguese superstar scored in the championship reigning champions Real Madrid 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund. In doing so, he became the first player to score in all six Champions League group-stage matches in a season also equating his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi’s record of 60 group-stage goals in total. Liverpool have also been prolific this season, and their demolition of Spartak was the second time they had won 7-0 en route to finishing top of Group E – they beat Maribor 7-0 in October. Jurgen Klopp’s side were 3-0 up inside 19 minutes we saw their ‘Fab Four’ run riot – Coutinho got his first hat-trick for the club, Sadio Mane scored twice and there was one for Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. “It was nice to watch tonight,” Klopp told BT Sports after guiding the Reds to the last 16 years of age. As a result, there will be a record five clubs in next Monday’s draw, and they will not be able to face each other. Spartak’s defeat meant Sevilla were in favor of Maribor in Slovenia. Maribor captain Marcos Tavares scored the opener, with Paulo Henrique Ganso coming off the bench to equalise for the Spaniards. Spartak go into the Europa League. – Napoli out –
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Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca, wearing a Zorro mask and hat, delivers a press conference after Shakhtar Donetsk won their match against Manchester City on December 6, 2017
Ukrainian giants Shakhtar are in the last 16 in Group F at the expense of Napoli after beating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City – who had already won the section – 2-1 in Kharkiv. Shakhtar only needed a draw, with Brazilian duo Bernard and Ismaily getting their goals.
Bernard’s opener was a beauty, but it was a mistake by City goalkeeper Ederson that allowed Ismaily to make it 2-0. Sergio Aguero’s stoppage-time penalty earned a consolation to City, but this was their first defeat of the season and they have the Manchester derby this weekend. Feyenoord through Piotr Zielinski, goal Nicolai Jorgensen equalised. Jeremiah St Just then made it 2-1 at the death for the Dutch champions after they had Tonny Vilhena feels off. “Now we want to go as far as possible in the Europa League,” Napoli captain Marek Hamsik told Mediaset Premium. Porto also had a win in the G Group and the two-time European Champions ran a hapless Monaco, hammering last season’s semi-finalists 5-2. Vincent Aboubakar scored twice for the Portuguese club, with Yacine Brahimi, Alex Telles and Francisco Soares also netting. Monaco answered through to a Kamil Glik effort and a Radamel Falcao header against his old club, while Porto’s Felipe and Rachid Ghezzal for the visitors were sent off after an altercation in the first half. RB Leipzig was forced to settle for a Europa League spot in their debut European campaign. They lost 2-1 at home to group winners Besiktas, for whom Talisca scored last-minute winner after Naby Keita had canceled out Alvaro Negredo’s early penalty opener. Leipzig had Stefan Ilsanker feels off. Real Madrid were already going through before beating Dortmund in Bernabeu thriller in Group H. Borja Mayoral put the holders in front and Ronaldo’s stunning, record-setting strike came after just 12 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal Dortmund level, goal Lucas Vazquez won for the Germans to drop into the Europa League. “The Champions League is a competition that you can see,” Ronaldo told UEFA.com. Group H winners Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 3-0 win at home to APOEL, with Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-min and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou scoring at Wembley.