Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Liverpool became the fifth English club to qualify for the last 16 of this season’s Champions League with a thumping victory over Spartak Moscow at Anfield.Jurgen Klopp’s Group E leaders came into the game knowing they needed to avoid defeat to be sure of reaching the knockout stage for the first time since 2008-09 – and Coutinho gave them the lead with a fourth-minute penalty after Mohamed Salah was fouled by Georgi Dzhikiya.They doubled their advantage after a superb move 11 minutes later, Coutinho tapping home from Roberto Firmino’s pass.
Firmino netted himself to make it 3-0 at half-time, and Sadio Mane’s sublime volley extended the lead.Coutinho completed his first hat-trick for the club with a deflected shot, and Mane added the sixth before Salah completed the rout.Liverpool’s victory means this is the first time five English teams have qualified for the Champions League last 16 in the same season.Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will join the Reds in Monday’s draw at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.Relive the action from AnfieldRampant Reds march onThis is a huge result for Liverpool, who failed to advance from the group stage on their previous two appearances – in 2009-10 and 2014-15.Klopp’s side were close to qualifying last month, but Guido Pizarro poked home in the third minute of added time as Sevilla came from 3-0 down to snatch a dramatic draw.There was no second-half collapse this time as the Reds produced another attacking masterclass to ensure they progress in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.Spartak had held the Reds to a draw in Moscow but were blown away on Merseyside as Klopp once again unleashed Coutinho, Salah, Firmino and Mane from the start.The quartet had scored 12 of their team’s 16 goals in five previous group games – and they were once again in ruthless mood.
Spartak were 3-0 down inside 18 minutes.Dzhikiya clumsily hauled down Salah to allow Coutinho to score before the Brazilian made it 2-0 after finishing a delicious move started by Mane and involving Salah and Firmino.Firmino made it six goals in as many group games before the goal of the night by Mane – an exquisite volley from James Milner’s inch-perfect cross.Coutinho’s hat-trick goal came from a deflected shot off Salvatore Bocchetti before substitute Daniel Sturridge teed up Mane for the sixth and Salah pounced from close range for the seventh.Having beaten Brighton 5-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, Liverpool have now scored 12 goals in two games.
Who can Liverpool face in the last 16?Liverpool emerge from the group unbeaten but despite finishing top and being seeded they could still face a European heavyweight in the next round.Among the unseeded teams the Reds could face are holders Real Madrid, five-time winners Bayern Munich and Italian champions Juventus.They cannot face a team from the same country so will avoid Chelsea, and also cannot be drawn against Sevilla, who advance Group E as runners-up following a 1-1 draw with Maribor.The other teams they could be paired with are Swiss club Basel, Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto.”I don’t mind too much who we get – usually I always get Real Madrid so we will see,” said Klopp.”We have no preferred opponents. It will be really nice after a long time. I love this kind of news.”Man of the match – Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Fastest Champions League goal – the statsCoutinho’s penalty was Liverpool’s fastest goal in a Champions League game at Anfield (three minutes 51 seconds).Spartak have lost 23 of their past 29 Champions League away games (W5 D1).Liverpool became the fourth English side to top their Champions League group this season – it is the first time since 2006-07 that four English teams have finished first in a single group campaign. Klopp’s team are now unbeaten in their past eight Champions League games, winning three and drawing five.Salah has scored more goals in all competitions this season than any other Premier League player (18).What’s next?Liverpool will look to cement their place in the Premier League’s top four when they host neighbours Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield on Sunday (14:15 GMT).Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsLiverpool1Karius12Gomez6LovrenSubstituted forAlexander-Arnoldat 60’minutes17Klavan18MorenoSubstituted forMilnerat 45+1’minutes19Mané5Wijnaldum23CanBooked at 6mins10Coutinho11Salah9FirminoSubstituted forSturridgeat 72’minutesSubstitutes7Milner14Henderson15Sturridge21Oxlade-Chamberlain22Mignolet29Solanke66Alexander-ArnoldSpartak Moscow57Selikhov38Eshchenko5Tasci16Bocchetti14JikiaBooked at 4minsSubstituted forPasalicat 60’minutes8Glushakov11FernandoBooked at 62mins47Zobnin12Luiz Adriano10PromesSubstituted forSamedovat 75’minutes9Mendes AndradeSubstituted forMelgarejoat 51’minutesSubstitutes19Samedov25Melgarejo29Kutepov32Rebrov50Pasalic71Popov99Rocha NevesReferee:Szymon MarciniakMatch StatsHome TeamLiverpoolAway TeamSpartak MoscowPossessionHome53%Away47%ShotsHome17Away13Shots on TargetHome10Away5CornersHome4Away2FoulsHome16Away11Live TextPosted at Match ends, Liverpool 7, Spartak Moscow 0.Full TimePosted at 90’+1′ Second Half ends, Liverpool 7, Spartak Moscow 0.Posted at 90′ Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mario Pasalic.Posted at 89′ Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Serdar Tasci.Posted at 89′ Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mané.Posted at 89′ Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).Posted at 89′ Lorenzo Melgarejo (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 88′ Attempt saved. Fernando (Spartak Moscow) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.Posted at 87′ Foul by Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).Posted at 87′ Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick on the left wing.Goal!Posted at 86′ Goal! Liverpool 7, Spartak Moscow 0. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Milner with a headed pass.Posted at 84′ Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.Posted at 83′ James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 83′ Foul by Andrey Eshchenko (Spartak Moscow).Posted at 82′ Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82′ Foul by Luiz Adriano (Spartak Moscow).Posted at 80′ Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 80′ Foul by Serdar Tasci (Spartak Moscow).Posted at 80′ Attempt missed. Lorenzo Melgarejo (Spartak Moscow) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrey Eshchenko.Posted at 78′ Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.Goal!Posted at 76′ Goal! Liverpool 6, Spartak Moscow 0. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.SubstitutionPosted at 75′ Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Aleksandr Samedov replaces Quincy Promes.Posted at 74′ Attempt missed. Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Denis Glushakov.Posted at 73′ Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.SubstitutionPosted at 72′ Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Roberto Firmino.Posted at 71′ Foul by Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool).Posted at 71′ Lorenzo Melgarejo (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 66′ Offside, Spartak Moscow. Denis Glushakov tries a through ball, but Lorenzo Melgarejo is caught offside.Posted at 66′ Attempt missed. Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.Posted at 65′ Attempt blocked. Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luiz Adriano.Posted at 65′ Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).Posted at 65′ Luiz Adriano (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 64′ Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).Posted at 64′ Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.BookingPosted at 62′ Fernando (Spartak Moscow) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 62′ James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 62′ Foul by Fernando (Spartak Moscow).Posted at 62′ Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 62′ Foul by Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow).Posted at 61′ Attempt blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC FOOTBALL
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