Champions League: Spurs, City qualify for knockout stage

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have both booked places in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League after the fourth game in their groups.

Spurs comprehensively beat defending champions Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley, while City routed Napoli, right at Napoli’s home ground.

Beşiktaş and Shakhtar also closing on the knockout stage. But Madrid will know their fate in their next game away at APOEL Nicosia on 21 November.

Madrid are now three points behind Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino’s men, but also as many points clear of both Dortmund and APOEL, who played a draw today in Group H.

Raphaël Guerreiro put Dortmund ahead before the half-hour, but Poté earned the visitors a point with his goal six minutes into the second half. Both teams have their work cut out to reach the top two.

Liverpool leaders of Group E, with eight points, consolidated their position after beating Maribor 3-0, their second victory against the club. Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge got the goals, with James Milner having a penalty saved.

Sevilla are second in the group with seven points. Three of the points was earned today after beating 2Spartak Moskva 2-1.Beaten 5-1 in Moscow just a fortnight ago, Sevilla pulled off an impressive turnaround on home soil to remain a point adrift of Liverpool in second.

In Group F, Manchester City continued their sensational form, beating Napoli 2-4, and booking a place in the last 16. Since the start of the season, City have won 14 of their 16 games in all competitions. Sergio Agüero scored the third to become City’s outright all-time leading scorer.

Behind after 12 minutes, Shakhtar ultimately ran out comfortable victors to stay second in the section, three points behind City who they meet on matchday six. Feyenoord can no longer finish in the top two.

Beşiktaş in Group G, are a point away from the last 16 after Cenk Tosun earned them a share of the spoils with a 54th-minute penalty.

Porto are now just four points behind Beşiktaş ahead of their trip to Turkey next time out. Héctor Herrera, Danilo and Maxi Pereira were all on the mark against Leipzig. (NAN)

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