Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
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Chelsea, Liverpool reach last 16, Ajax eliminated

Chelsea, Liverpool reach last 16, Ajax eliminated

Rodrigo scored the game's only goal in the 24th minute to eliminate Ajax, who were the fairytale story of last season's competition with their giant-slaying run from the early preliminary rounds to the semi-final.

Naby Keita, a former Salzburg player, headed in the opening goal in the 57th minute before Mohamed Salah rounded the goalkeeper and squeezed home a right-footed finish from an acute angle near the byline.

The result allowed Liverpool to progress as Group E winners, with Napoli going through in second place, while Salzburg are out and drop into the Europa League instead. "What an effort. It was a tough game". "The more anxious we are in front of goal the less precision there will be". We could have scored six or seven which is insane. Liverpool and Valencia won their groups with crucial road wins.

Dries Mertens converted another spot-kick in the second half to seal the win, but the Italian side still sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of the game.

The result put Barcelona top of the group with 14 points, while Dortmund finished second with 10.

Chelsea secured qualification from Group H thanks to a 2-1 home victory over Lille as Frank Lampard, a Champions League victor with the London team in 2012, maintained his impressive start to management in his first season in charge.

Cristiano Ronaldo may be the all-time top scorer in the history of the Champions League but this season the five-time Ballon d'Or victor has less goals than Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

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"He's a very experienced player and we know the qualities he has".

Rodrigo scored the 24th-minute victor for Valencia, which is through to the last 16 for the first time since 2012-13. Antonio Conte's team just needed a win against a Lionel Messi-less Barcelona that started nine backups. They had needed only to draw their last group game to advance to the last-16 but looked flat and listless in going down to the Spanish side, who ended with 10 men after the sending off of Gabriel Paulista in stoppage time.

Carles Perez opened the account for Barcelona in the 23rd minute but Romelu Lukaku equalised 21 minutes later to make it one-all at the breather.

Barcelona came back strongly in the second half and managed to score through Ansu Fati for a 2-1 win.

That record had been held since 1997 by Ghana's Peter Ofori-Quaye.

Borussia Dortmund capitalized, eking out a 2-1 win over Slavia Prague to qualify ahead of Inter.

Julian Brandt got their victor after Jadon Sancho's opener was cancelled out by Tomas Soucek, with Dortmund holding on after Julian Weigl was sent off.

Meanwhile, Lyon went through in dramatic fashion in Group G, coming from behind to draw 2-2 with RB Leipzig. However, Houssem Aouar's curler gave Lyon hope just after the break and Memphis Depay levelled matters with eight minutes left.

Jose Mourinho secured qualification from Group B in his second game in charge of Spurs with a comeback 4-2 win over Olympiacos, and they are guaranteed to finish second.

Curtis has got big experience now in the UEFA Youth League and this is his third season playing in the competition.

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