UEFA Champions League: Spurs stun Los Blancos, City book knockout spot

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It was a chastening night for Real Madrid at Wembley stadium, as the European champions were on the end of a quite humbling defeat against Tottenham. 

Zinedine Zidane made the trip to the English national stadium for the first time, and it seemed like they were taking a fair bit of time to acclimatise with the ground, and deservedly went behind on 26 minutes when Kieran Trippier’s cross was poked in by Dele Alli. 

Alli had missed the first three Champions League games for Spurs this season, but he was doing a good job on making up for lost time, and shortly after the break he added to his tally, skipping past Casemiro before firing a shot which beat Real keeper Kiko Casilla with the aid of a deflection of Sergio Ramos. Eriksen made it three for the hosts in the 65th, much to the disbelief of virtually everyone in the football world, he latched on to Harry Kane’s pass to finish with assuredness. Cristiano Ronaldo did manage to pull one back for Real, but the night- and passage to the next round of the competition – belonged to Spurs.

Another side heading for the last 16 are Manchester City, as they saw off Napoli in an absorbing encounter. It was the host who took the lead in Naples through Lorenzo Insigne on the end of some incisive team play to slot the ball past Ederson. That advantage lasted 14 minutes however, as Nicolas Otamendi headed City level 10 minutes before the break. And three minutes after it, Otamendi’s defensive partner John Stones also delivered a header of his own, to put City in front. Napoli restored parity once more through a Jorginho penalty just past the hour mark, but it stayed that way for only seven minutes, Sergio Aguero finished a superb counter attack for City to put them back in front, his 178th goal for the club making him their all-time top scorer.

RaheemSterling rounded off the win in stoppage time, as City booked their place in the next round with two games to spare, while Napoli have some ground to make up if they’re going to join Pep Guardiola’s side there.

Elsewhere, Liverpool dispatched Maribor with relative ease despite missing yet another penalty at Anfield, Besiktas’ qualification was postponed with a draw at home to Group G’s bottom club Monaco, while Dortmund could only draw at home to APOEL, and Sevilla leapfrogged Spartak Moscow to second place in Group E with a win over the Russians.

Results:
Liverpool 3-0 Maribor
Sevilla 2-1 Spartak Moscow
Napoli 2-4 Manchester City
Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 Feyenoord
Besiktas 1-1 Monaco
Porto 3-1 RB Leipzig
Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid
Dortmund 1-1 APOEL

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Olakunle Ajao is a Mass Communication student at the University of Lagos. Commonly known as 'The Major' by friends and fiends alike, he has quite the obsession with football, watching, reading, writing and playing- although he's not very good at that last part.

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