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Biggest Anfield win in decade while City upset

Philippe Coutinho is congratulated by teammates after scoring LIverpool's fifth goal against Spartak Moscow.
Philippe Coutinho is congratulated by teammates after scoring LIverpool's fifth goal against Spartak Moscow. Rui Vieira

FOOTBALL: Five-time continental kings Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League knockout phase with a 7-0 hammering of Spartak Moscow while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo set another scoring record.

A first Reds hat-trick from Philippe Coutinho, a brace from Sadio Mane and singles from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool record their biggest win at Anfield in 10 years to top Group E.

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

For the first time in the competition's history, the number of goals in the group stage - 306 - exceeded 300.

Philippe Coutinho opens the scoring for Liverpool from the penalty spot.
Philippe Coutinho opens the scoring for Liverpool from the penalty spot. PETER POWELL

Liverpool's 23 goals is a record for an English club, beating Manchester United's 20 en route to winning the 1998-99 competition.

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.

Juergen Klopp's men were never in danger of not joining them after Georgiy Dzhikiya fouled Salah and Coutinho sent them on their way from the penalty spot in the fourth minute.

The Brazilian then stroked home to complete a neat team move in the 15th and Firmino, four minutes later, added another.

Mane's brilliant volley and Coutinho's third, with the aid of a deflection, had the home fans in raptures five minutes after the break before Mane and Salah concluded the scoring late on to seal top spot in Group E.

Sevilla trailed to a Tavares goal in Maribor but Paulo Ganso levelled late on with the 1-1 draw enough to finish second.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo on the move in the Champions League clash against Borja Mayoral.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo on the move in the Champions League clash against Borja Mayoral. Rodrigo Jimenez

At the Bernabeu, Ronaldo made it nine goals in the competition this season with a fine strike in the 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Borja Mayoral had earlier opened the scoring for Real.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brace levelled for Dortmund, before Lucas Vazquez's late winner.

Fernando Llorente, Son Heung Min and Georges N'Koudou scored the goals as Tottenham overwhelmed visiting APOEL.

Shakhtar beat Group F winners Manchester City 2-1 after a wonder-strike from Bernard and Ismaily pouncing on 'keeper Ederson's error.

Pep Guardiola's team suffered a first competitive defeat of the season with Sergio Aguero netting a late consolation penalty.

Napoli lost 2-1 at Feyenoord despite leading early in Rotterdam through Piotr Zielinski's goal.

Nicolai Joergensen levelled before the hosts, who had Tonny Vilhena dismissed, grabbed the victory when Jerry St.

Monaco goalkeeper Diego Benaglio dives to make a save against Porto.
Monaco goalkeeper Diego Benaglio dives to make a save against Porto. Luis Vieira

Juste scored a stoppage-time winner. Porto trounced eliminated Monaco 5-2 with a first-half double from Vincent Aboubakar and another from Yacine Brahimi just before the break putting them well clear.

Felipe and Monaco's Rachid Ghezzal saw red on 38 minutes to leave both sides a man short.

Kamil Glik's penalty and a header from Radamel Falcao gave the visitors some consolation while Alex Telles and Tiquinho replied for Porto in the second half.

Alvaro Negredo's early penalty, after captain Willi Orban fouled Jeremain Lens, earned Besiktas a 2-1 victory at Leipzig.

Stefan Ilsanker saw red for the German side on 82 minutes before Naby Keita equalised five minutes later.

However, Anderson Talisca snatched a late winner for the Turkish visitors.

TEAMS INTO ROUND OF 16:

Group A: Manchester United (winners), FC Basel (runners up)

Group B: PSG (winners), Bayern Munich (runners up)

Group C: Roma (winners), Chelsea (runners up)

Group D: Barcelona (winners), Juventus (runners up)

Group E: Liverpool (winners), Sevilla (runners up)

Group F: Manchester City (winners), Shakhtar (runners up)

Group G: Besiktas (winners), Porto (runners up)

Group H: Tottenham (winners), Real Madrid (runners up)

THURSDAY MORNING RESULTS

Group E

At Liverpool, England: Liverpool (ENG) 7 (Coutinho 4-pen, 15, 50, Firmino 19, Mane 47, 76, Salah 86) Spartak Moscow (RUS) 0

At Maribor, Slovenia: Maribor (SLO) 1 (Tavares 10) Sevilla (ESP) 1 (Ganso 75)

Group F

At Kharkiv, Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 2 (Bernard 26, Ismaily 33) Manchester City (ENG) 1 (Aguero 90+2-pen)

At Rotterdam: Netherlands Feyenoord (NED) 2 (Jorgensen 33, St. Juste 90+1) Napoli (ITA) 1 (Zielinski 2)

Group G

At Leipzig

Germany RB Leipzig (GER) 1 (Keita 87) Besiktas (TUR) 2 (Negredo 10-pen, Talisca 90)

At Porto: Portugal Porto (POR) 5 (Aboubakar 9, 33, Brahimi 45, Alex Telles 65, Soares 88) Monaco (FRA) 2 (Glik 61-pen, Falcao 78)

Group H

At London: Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 3 (Llorente 20, Son 37, N'Koudou 80) APOEL (CYP) 0

At Madrid: Real Madrid (ESP) 3 (Mayoral 8, Ronaldo 12, Lucas Vazquez 81) Borussia Dortmund (GER) 2 (Aubameyang 43, 49)

Final UEFA Champions League group tables after Thursday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Group A

Manchester United 6 5 0 1 12 3 15 - qualified

Basel 6 4 0 2 11 5 12 - qualified

CSKA Moscow 6 3 0 3 8 10 9

Benfica 6 0 0 6 1 14 0

Group B

Paris SG 6 5 0 1 25 4 15 - qualified

Bayern Munich 6 5 0 1 13 6 15 - qualified

Celtic 6 1 0 5 5 18 3

Anderlecht 6 1 0 5 2 17 3

Group C

Roma 6 3 2 1 9 6 11 - qualified

Chelsea 6 3 2 1 16 8 11 - qualified

Atletico Madrid 6 1 4 1 5 4 7

Qarabag 6 0 2 4 2 14 2

Group D

Barcelona 6 4 2 0 9 1 14 - qualified

Juventus 6 3 2 1 7 5 11 - qualified

Sporting Lisbon 6 2 1 3 8 9 7

Olympiakos 6 0 1 5 4 13 1

Group E

Liverpool 6 3 3 0 23 6 12 - qualified

Sevilla 6 2 3 1 12 12 9 - qualified

Spartak Moscow 6 1 3 2 9 13 6

Maribor 6 0 3 3 3 16 3

Group F

Man City 6 5 0 1 14 5 15 - qualified

Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 0 2 9 9 12 - qualified

Napoli 6 2 0 4 11 11 6

Feyenoord 6 1 0 5 5 14 3

Group G

Besiktas 6 4 2 0 11 5 14 - qualified

FC Porto 6 3 1 2 15 10 10 - qualified

RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 10 11 7

Monaco 6 0 2 4 6 16 2

Group H

Tottenham Hotspur 6 5 1 0 15 4 16 - qualified

Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 17 7 13 - qualified

Borussia Dortmund 6 0 2 4 7 13 2

APOEL 6 0 2 4 2 17 2

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