Champions League highlights from Real Madrid’s thumping win over APOEL and Sevilla’s impressive comeback against Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp said that this was “the game” in his pre-match press conference and he couldn’t have been more on the money but his side squandered a 3-0 half-time lead to draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the penultimate game of the group stage on Tuesday night.
Goals from Roberto Firmino (2) and Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a 3-0 inside 30 minutes, but a spirited comeback from the home side saw goals from Wissam Ben Yedder (2) and Guido Pizarro level it up.
Madrid thump APOEL
A 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the last match-day matched with a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid in the league at the weekend; put slight pressure on Zinedine Zidane’s men to seal three points and qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring on what would turn out to be an easy night for Los Blancos, firing in from 25 yards.
Karim Benzema, who has struggled for form this season, added two of his own, finishing off twice inside the area.
Nacho, who was standing in for Sergio Ramos, would then get on the score-sheet as Madrid’s efforts turned more training ground like, than anything else.
Cristiano Ronaldo, not to be missed off the goalscorers – then added a double of his own in the second half, heading in Marcelo’s croiss, before scoring from the edge of the area.
The Portuguese forward became only the third player in Champions League history to score in each of the first five group games of a season.
Madrid’s victory sees them qualify but Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Borussia Dortmund means they will finish as group winners.
Zidane will now focus on the final group game before waiting to see which group winner they will face in the next round.