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Champions League: Tottenham And Liverpool Reach Last 16, Inter And Napoli Crash Out

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

For Premier League fans who love to celebrate a win against international teams, there are more to come this season as two of their own made in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night. Interestingly, both teams ousted two different Serie A teams in the competition on the same night.

Lucas Moura's late equalizer against Barcelona at Camp Nou earned Tottenham Hotspur a berth in the next round of Europe’s most prestigious competition. The Brazilian struck in the 85th minute from a close range from Harry Kane’s low cross through three Barca defenders. 

The much labored 1-1 draw against the Group B leader is a sweet victory for the English side after they failed to convert many of their attempts into goals throughout the game.

Lionel Messi-less hosts seemed like they ran out of luck when Philippe Coutinho hit the post twice after Ousmane Dembélé’s seventh minute strike.

The result of the match means Tottemham are in the second position, with Inter Milan being held 1-1 by PSV Eindhoven at the San Siro. The three time UEFA champions needed to beat Tottenham with a better goal difference in the table.

In the Group C clash, Premier League leader Liverpool beat Napoli 1-0 in a do-or-die game at the Anfield to gain a spot in the last 16. A trademark Mohamed Salah strike in the 34th minute was well enough for the Reds to take three points against the Serie A side. Napoli needed a draw, but the home team were too good for the Italian club.

Meanwhile PSG maintained the Group C top spot after they routed Red Star Belgrade 4-1 in Belgrade. Once Edinson Cavani opened the scoring in the ninth minute, the Paris strikers have their last laugh with Neymar (40’), Marquinhos (74’), and Kylian Mbappe (90+2’). 

Marko Gobeljic struck in the 56th minute to keep the hope alive for Red Star, but they couldn’t defend off the heavy attacks from the visitors.

The draw for the first round of the Champions League knockout stage will take place on December 17 at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.