Real Madrid have come in for a fair bit of scrutiny following a rather underwhelming start to the season, especially in terms of scoring goals, as their barren draw at Atletico at the weekend showed. As a result Los Blancos needed a swift response to the critics, especially Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who haven’t found the net with any form of consistency so far. But the front two were in goal-getting mood against APOEL, as both men grabbed respective braces, Ronaldo hitting a record-breaking 18th Champions League goal in a calendar year, in a 6-0 win which guarantees a spot in the last sixteen for the defending champions.
Top spot is beyond reach though, as Tottenham made that position theirs with a come-from-behind win at Dortmund, Son Heung-Min grabbing the winner after Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener, to leave the Germans with five defeats in their last eight games, and facing a prospect of finishing bottom of Group H, their elimination from the competition already sealed.
But the biggest drama was reserved for the Sanchez Pizjuan. Liverpool came into the back of the game at Sevilla with a run of four successive wins, scoring 13 and conceding just once. And that form looked set to continue when they raced into a 3-0 lead after 38 minutes, surely qualification to the next round and top spot looked a formality. Except it didn’t, as the Reds inexplicably threw away their seemingly unassailable advantage, a double from Wissam Ben Yedder and late goal from Guido Pizarro ensured Sevilla would take a point from the game.
Elsewhere, Manchester City confirmed top spot in Group F thanks to a late Raheem Sterling goal against Feyenoord, who are now guaranteed to finish bottom, while Napoli kept their hopes alive with a comfortable win over Shakhtar.
No such luck for Monaco, who lost at home to Leipzig to ensure they’d end bottom of Group G, where Besiktas sealed progress to the next round with a 1-1 draw against Porto; that point also guarantees them top spot, the first for a Turkish team in this competition.
Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool
Manchester City 1-0 Feyenoord
Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham
Spartak Moscow 1-1 Maribor
APOEL 0-6 Real Madrid
Besiktas 1-1 Porto
Monaco 1-4 RB Leipzig
Napoli 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk