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Sevilla, Liverpool, Porto, Shakhtar advance to CL knockouts (Lead)

Thursday - December 7, 2017 1:18 pm , Category : SPORTS

Madrid Dec 7 (IANS) Sevilla Liverpool Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk all won on to clinch the last remaining berths in the 2017-2018 Champions League round of 16.



The Reds joined Barcelona Besiktas Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Paris Saint-Germain and Roma among the group winners on Wednesday reports Efe.

Porto Sevilla and Shakhtar advanced as second-place sides along with holders Real Madrid Bayern Munich Chelsea Juventus and Basel.

Headed to the Europa League are third-place finishers Atletico Madrid CSKA Moscow Celtic Sporting Napoli Borussia Dortmund RB Leipzig and Spartak Moscow.

Liverpool crushed Spartak 7-0 at Anfield to assure themselves the top spot in Group E and quash any chance for the Russian side to snatch second place from Sevilla who nevertheless found the motivation to came from behind in a 1-1 draw against Maribor.

Philippe Coutinho had a triple for the Reds while Sadio Mane scored twice in the rout.

Porto claimed the second berth from Group G with a 5-2 pounding of Monaco one of last year s semifinalists.

Leipzig who entered the final match day of the group stage with a chance to move forward lost 2-1 at home to group winner Besiktas.

Group F delivered the day s only upsets as winner Manchester City lost for the first time in the 2017-2018 Champions League falling 2-1 away to Shakhtar.

In Rotterdam meanwhile Feyenoord who had yet to earn a point bested Napoli 2-1 to relegate the Italian squad to third place.

Tottenham and Real Madrid started the day with a lock on first and second place respectively in Group H.

Spurs dominated APOEL 3-0 at Wembley to finish the group stage undefeated getting a goal and an assist from Fernando Llorente.

At the Bernabeu the Blancos edged Dortmund 3-2 as Cristiano Ronaldo got his ninth goal of this year s edition and set yet another record by becoming the first player to score in all six Champions League group-stage matches.

Dortmund and APOEL ended tied on points at two but the German club took the Europa League berth by virtue of a better goal differential.

--IANS
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