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Liverpool Cruise into Last 16

Liverpool cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable win over 10-man Atletico Madrid that ensured they will finish top of Group B.

Early goals by Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, both created by Trent Alexander-Arnold, put the Reds in full command and there was no way back for the Spanish side once Felipe was sent off before half-time.

Jurgen Klopp’s side should have dished out more punishment after the break but missed a flurry of chances and Jota had another strike ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

Atletico thought they had pulled a goal back from a deflected shot by former Reds striker Luis Suarez, but that too was chalked off for offside by VAR and they never seriously threatened a comeback.

As well as sending Liverpool through to the knockout stage with two games to spare, the win extends the Reds’ unbeaten start to the season to 16 games.

In total, they have not tasted defeat for 25 matches, dating back to 6 April when they lost to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.

In other matches, Ajax maintained their 100% record as they came from behind to reach the last 16 of the Champions League with a hard-fought 3-1 win at 10-man Borussia Dortmund.

The result sees Ajax top Group C on 12 points with second-placed Dortmund on six points alongside Sporting Lisbon.

Mats Hummels was sent off for the hosts, who went ahead from a Marco Reus penalty after a foul on Jude Bellingham.

But Dusan Tadic, Sebastien Haller and Davy Klaassen scored for Ajax late on.

Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal in the Champions League since 2017 as Inter Milan beat Sheriff Tiraspol to go second in Group D.

The former Arsenal forward struck just 30 seconds after coming off the bench for his side’s third.

Marcelo Brozovic drove into the corner just after the break for Inter’s first before Milan Skriniar made it 2-0 after a scramble in the box.

Adama Traore headed in a consolation for Sheriff after Sanchez’s goal.

Real Madrid, who beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 earlier on Wednesday, lead the group with nine points with Inter second on seven.

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