Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal and a stunning late save from goalkeeper Alisson saw Liverpool edge into the Champions League knockout stage after a tense 1-0 win over Napoli on Tuesday, while Lucas Moura’s on Tuesday, while a draw at Barcelona.
Last year’s runners-up Liverpool knew victory by two goals or a 1-0 triumph would put them through to the last 16 from Group C, and Salah’s cool 34th-minute finish proved enough as they finished ahead of Napoli on goals scored.
Paris Saint-Germain reached the knockout stage as group winners thanks to a 4-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani all on the scoresheet.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool grabbed the crucial goal at a raucous Anfield, as Salah jinked past Kalidou Koulibaly inside the area and slotted the ball beyond goalkeeper David Ospina.
Salah continued to run Napoli ragged early in the second half, but Ospina saved from Jordan Henderson and James Milner curled wide as Carlo Ancelotti’s men stayed a goal from turning the group on its head.
SPURS COME BACK FROM THE BRINK
Spurs went into their final Group B game needing to match Inter Milan’s result against PSV Eindhoven in Italy, but Mauricio Pochetino’s side fell behind in only the seventh minute as Ousmane Dembele scored a wonderful individual goal.
But Hirving Lozano gave PSV a shock early advantage at the San Siro to leave Tottenham heading through as it stood.
The English club had plenty of half-chances against a much-changed Barca, who had already won the group, but Philippe Coutinho almost made it 2-0 when his low shot struck the post. Mauro Icardi leveled for Inter against PSV with 17 minutes left to leave Spurs needing to score at least once.
Tottenham, who were facing an early elimination when trailing PSV in their fourth group match before rallying to win and then beating Inter, continued to push and Moura met Harry Kane’s low cross in the 85th minute to cap a dramatic group-stage revival.
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