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Champions League: Real Madrid storm into last 16

Football
Wed, 22 Nov 2017
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NICOSIA: Karim Benzema scored twice in the first half and Cristiano Ronaldo added two goals in the second as Real Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL 6-0 last night to guarantee a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, who have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.

The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, who lost 2-1 to Tottenham in Germany in the other Group H match.

Tottenham head into the final round with 13 points, three more than Madrid. Dortmund and APOEL stayed on two points each.

Raheem Sterling chipped in a late winner as Manchester City overcome an uncharacteristically sloppy display to beat Feyenoord 1-0 and clinch top spot in their group.

With Napoli beating second-place Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0, City would have already been assured of first place heading into the final round of matches in Group F.

Sterling ran onto Kyle Walker’s through-ball and dinked a finish over Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones in the 88th minute.

It was City’s fifth straight win in the group and Pep Guardiola’s team remains unbeaten in all competitions this season.

Sevilla’s Guido Pizarro scored a 93rd-minute equaliser to complete an incredible comeback from three goals down to draw 3-3 against Liverpool in a pulsating Group E clash.

Liverpool were on the verge of sealing qualification to the last 16 for the first time since 2009 but Pizarro stabbed home from a corner deep into stoppage time to deny them.

Sadio Mane headed home in between two Roberto Firmino strikes to put Liverpool three goals up within 30 minutes, but Sevilla came back from the dead after the break.

Wissam Ben Yedder netted twice before Pizarro’s late equaliser, leaving Liverpool top with nine points, Sevilla second with eight and Spartak Moscow third with six, after they drew 1-1 with Maribor in the group’s other game.

Meanwhile, devastating RB Leipzig boosted their chances of qualifying for the last 16 by taking Monaco apart 4-1 with a four-goal first-half demolition that saw them draw level on points with second-place Porto in Group G.

Leipzig took full advantage of slack Monaco defending and Porto drawing 1-1 at Besiktas earlier on with a free-flowing attacking display that saw the Bundesliga side reignite their knockout hopes.

Ralph Hasenhuettl’s team stay third due their head-to-head record, which has Porto on top, 5-4 over their two matches. Monaco are out of Europe after failing to win once and picking up just two points from their five matches.

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