Liverpool crush Spartak; Manchester City face first defeat of season

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Liverpool, December 7: Philippe Coutinho struck his first Liverpool hat-trick as the five-time champions crushed Spartak Moscow 7-0 to move into the knockout stages of Champions league as Group E winners.

They were joined in the last 16 by Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto on the final matchday of the group stage.

Coutinho was joined on the scoresheet by a brace from Sadio Mande and singles from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at Anfield ensured Liverpool topped Group E.

In the second game in Group E, a Jasmin Handanovic error allowed Sevilla to leave Maribor with a 1-1 draw, as the Spaniards reached the Champions League last 16.

In Group F, Shakhtar handed Manchester City their first defeat of the season as first-half goals by Brazilians Bernard and Ismaily sealed a 2-1 win for the Ukranians to secure them second place in the Group.

The Ukranian side finished ahead of Napoli who lost 2-1 at Feyenoord which leaves the Serie A high fliers to play in the Europa League.

In Group G, two-time winners Porto secured second spot with a 5-2 win over Monaco in a game which ended 10-a-side.

While, Anderson Talisca scored a late winner for Besiktas as the Group winners won 2-1 at 10-man RB Leipzig, the result sent Ralph Hasenhuttl's side into the Europa League.

In Group, holders Real Madrid edged Borussia Dortmund 3-2 with Borja Mayoral, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vazquez on target. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replied for the Germans.

Meanwhile, group leaders Tottenham Hotspur defeated Apoel Nicosia 3-0 courtesy of goals from Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-Min and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.

Manchester United, Basel, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Roma, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, Besiktas, Tottenham and Real Madrid had already secured their places in Monday's round of 16 draw.

(With input from agencies)

Story first published: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:42 [IST]
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