Reds show stuff of champions in reaching last 16

Sports | 12 Dec 2019

Holders Liverpool won on their trip to Salzburg to go into the Champions League's last 16 as six clubs secured spots from their final group games for the first knockout round draw.

Liverpool needed only to draw in Austria to advance, but they beat Salzburg 2-0 with two goals in two second-half minutes.

Naby Keita headed in against his old club in the 57th minute and Mohamed Salah then rounded goalkeeper Cican Stankovic to score.

So Liverpool progress as Group E winners with Napoli in second place.

Napoli trounced Genk 4-0 in Italy with Arkadisuz Milik scoring a first-half hat-trick. But the Italian club then sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti.

There was more drama in Group H as Valencia beat Ajax 1-0 in Amsterdam, with a Rodrigo Moreno strike taking the Spaniards through at the expense of last season's semi-finalists.

Ajax were left to rue their inability to win either of their two matches against Chelsea. So Frank Lampard's team progressed in second place, a point ahead of the Dutch giants thanks to a 2-1 win against Lille.

Chelsea were level on points with Valencia but came second due to their head-to-head record.

Ajax drop into the Europa League along with Inter as Antonio Conte's team lost 2-1 at home to Barcelona.

That match saw substitute Ansu Fati netting an 86th-minute winner to become the youngest ever goalscorer in the Champions League at 17 years and 40 days.

Borussia Dortmund needed to better Inter's result and did so, beating Slavia Prague 2-1 to go second.

French side Lyon went through from Group G, drawing 2-2 with RB Leipzig.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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