Liver­pool through in Cham­pi­ons League, Ron­aldo claims new record

The Jakarta Post - - FRONT PAGE - Andy Scott

Philippe Coutinho’s hat trick in­spired Liver­pool to score seven in their win over Spar­tak Moscow on Wed­nes­day as they joined Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto in qual­i­fy­ing for the Cham­pi­ons League last 16.

That quar­tet com­pleted the line-up on the fi­nal night of group­stage ac­tion that was also no­table for an­other Cris­tiano Ron­aldo goals record in the competition.

The Por­tuguese su­per­star scored his ninth in the competition this sea­son in reign­ing cham­pi­ons Real Madrid’s 3-2 win at home to Borus­sia Dort­mund.

In do­ing so, he be­came the first player to score in all six Cham­pi­ons League group-stage matches in a sea­son while also equal­ing his Barcelona ri­val Lionel Messi’s record of 60 group-stage goals in to­tal.

Liver­pool have also been pro­lific this sea­son, and their de­mo­li­tion of Spar­tak was the sec­ond time they had won 7-0 en route to fin­ish­ing top of Group E — they beat Mari­bor 7-0 in Oc­to­ber.

Jur­gen Klopp’s side were 3-0 up inside 19 min­utes on a night that saw their “Fab Four” run riot — Coutinho got his first hat-trick for the club, Sa­dio Mane scored twice and there was one each for Roberto Firmino and Mo­hamed Salah.

“It’s re­ally dif­fi­cult when we go to the next gear and use the space. It was nice to watch tonight,” Klopp told BT Sport af­ter guid­ing the Reds into the last 16 for the first time in nine years.

As a re­sult, there will be a record five English clubs in next Mon­day’s draw, and they will not be able to face each other.

Spar­tak’s de­feat meant Sevilla were through re­gard­less of their 1-1 draw with Mari­bor in Slove­nia.

Mari­bor cap­tain Mar­cos Tavares scored the opener, with Paulo Hen­rique Ganso com­ing off the bench to equal­ize for the Spa­niards. Spar­tak go into the Europa League.

Ukrainian gi­ants Shakhtar are through to the last 16 in Group F at the ex­pense of Napoli af­ter beat­ing Pep Guardi­ola’s Manchester City — who had al­ready won the sec­tion — 2-1 in Kharkiv.

Shakhtar only needed a draw, but took all three points, with Brazil­ian duo Bernard and Is­maily get­ting their goals.

Bernard’s opener was a beauty, but it was a mis­take by City goal­keeper Eder­son that al­lowed Is­maily to make it 2-0.

Ser­gio Aguero’s stop­page-time penalty handed a con­so­la­tion to City, but this was their first de­feat of the sea­son and they have the Manchester derby this week­end.

Napoli had gone in front early on away to al­ready-elim­i­nated Feyeno­ord through Piotr Zielin­ski, but Ni­co­lai Jor­gensen equal­ized. Jeremiah St. Juste then made it 2-1 at the death for the Dutch cham­pi­ons af­ter they had Tonny Vil­hena sent off.

Porto also knew a win would take them through in Group G and the two-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons ran riot against a hap­less Monaco, ham­mer­ing last sea­son’s semi-fi­nal­ists 5-2.

Vin­cent Aboubakar scored twice for the Por­tuguese club, with Yacine Brahimi, Alex Telles and Fran­cisco Soares also net­ting.

Reuters/Carl Recine

Mo­hamed Salah

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