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Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) laughs with Atletico Madrid’s Portuguese midfielder Joao Felix throughout their UEFA Champions League group B soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 3, 2021. (Photograph : OLI SCARFF/AFP by way of Getty Photographs)
Liverpool and Ajax are by way of to the spherical of 16 of the Champions League after recording convincing wins over Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, respectively, on Wednesday evening. Liverpool strolled to a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid at Anfield whereas Ajax got here from behind to tug off a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund of their group matches.
Liverpool, Ajax qualify for final 16
Trent Alexander-Arnold starred for the Reds of their newest win, creating the alternatives for his or her targets towards Atletico Madrid. Diogo Jota opened the scoring for Liverpool within the thirteenth minute when he headed in Alexander-Arnold’s pleasant cross from the proper flank. Sadio Mane then doubled their benefit within the twenty first minute, tapping in Alexander-Arnold’s laser go into the field.
It was recreation over for Atletico Madrid within the thirty sixth minute when Felipe was handed a straight crimson card for a rash deal with on Mane. The Reds certified with two video games to spare after successful 4 group video games. They maintain a formidable seven-point lead over second-placed Porto. Atletico dropped to 3rd place in Group B, with the Spanish outfit recording simply 4 factors by way of their first 4 video games.
Ajax additionally certified for the knockout levels after an exhilarating win over Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 4. Like Liverpool, the Dutch giants remained good within the group stage, grabbing 12 factors by way of their first 4 video games. The victory didn’t come straightforward on Wednesday, although, for Ajax, with Dortmund taking a shock 1-0 lead within the first half courtesy of a Marco Reus penalty within the thirty seventh minute.
Nonetheless, Dortmund misplaced steam within the second half as they began to really feel the lack of Mats Hummels, who was despatched off within the twenty ninth minute. Ajax made that man benefit rely, scoring three targets within the closing quarter of the match to clinch the 3-1 win.
Manchester Metropolis, Actual Madrid nab high spots after Matchday 4
Manchester City moved ever nearer to reserving their spot within the Spherical of 16 after recording a complete 4-1 win over Membership Brugge. Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored the targets for the Residents, who moved 5 factors away from the third-placed staff in Group A with simply two video games remaining.
It was a large win for the reigning Premier League champions as additionally they leapfrogged French giants Paris Saint-Germain into the highest spot in Group A. PSG settled for a 2-2 draw towards RB Leipzig after Presnel Kimpembe conceded a late penalty which Dominik Szoboszlai transformed in second-half stoppage time.
Inter Milan and Actual Madrid additionally bolstered their qualification hopes after successful their respective matches in Group D. Actual Madrid grabbed sole possession of first place after a 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, whereas Inter Milan moved to second after beating Sheriff 3-1.
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