Cristiano Ronaldo set another Champions League record as the holders Real Madrid fixed their place in the knockout stages with a 6-0 win at Apoel Nicosia. Zinedine Zidane’s group had the match won significantly time with objectives from Luka Modric, Nacho and a Karim Benzema twofold. Ronaldo got his objectives ahead of schedule in the second half, and his two strikes saw him achieve 18 objectives in the opposition in 2017 – more than any single player in a logbook year.
Goads secure best spot after Son Heung-min screamer sinks Borussia Dortmund
Madrid, who have lifted the trophy in each of the previous two years, will qualify just as the sprinters up in Group H after Tottenham Hotspur fought against eminent loss to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in Germany to guarantee top spot. The last match day one month from now will see the Europa League capability spot challenged by Apoel and Dortmund, who both have two focuses from their five matches. Apoel will go to Tottenham while Dortmund confront Madrid at the Bernabéu.
Napoli kept their expectations of Champions League advance buzzing with a 3-0 prevail upon Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F. A splendid strike from Lorenzo Insigne put the Serie A pioneers ahead in the 56th moment, the Italy global jinking in from the left and terminating a right-foot crash into the best corner from 25 yards out. Napoli’s Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski missed an opportunity to twofold their lead when he shot over the bar after a protective mistake left him in a promising position. Yet, minutes after the fact Zielinksi presented appropriate reparations, certainly opening into the far base corner after a savvy trade with Dries Mertens.
Seven minutes from the end, Mertens ensured the win when the Shakhtar manager Andriy Pyatov palmed out a Raúl Albiol header straight to the Belgian forward, who gestured home. The outcome leaves Napoli third on six focuses, three behind Shakhtar Donetsk, going into the last round of recreations, which see Napoli play Feyenoord in Rotterdam and the Ukrainians have amass victors Manchester City.
Liverpool’s disastrous guarding lets slip three-objective lead at Sevilla
Maribor grabbed a sensational 1-1 attract away to Spartak Moscow with a stoppage-time objective from the substitute Jasmin Mesanovic in their Group E tie. The Russians looked set to incidentally move level on focuses with gather pioneers Liverpool, who at that point drew with Sevilla later at night, to help any expectations of capability for the knockout stage after Zé Luís at last broke the stop with eight minutes left. In any case, the Slovenian side – who had yielded 10 objectives over their two matches against Liverpool – created a show off complete when Mesanovic tapped in a cross from Marcos Tavares, however a well deserved point was insufficient to keep them from completing base of the gathering.
A year ago’s semi-finalists Monaco smashed out when they were beaten 4-1 at home by RB Leipzig. Monaco never recouped from going 3-0 down in the main half hour following a Fabinho claim objective and two from Timo Werner. Radamel Falcao lessened the back payments, just for Naby Keïta to put the guests 4-1 up on the stroke of half-time. The Group G pioneers Besiktas, in the interim, secured their place in the last 16 with a 1-1 draw at home against Porto.
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