Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick as Liverpool sealed their place atop Champions League Group E with a runaway 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Two first-half goals from Coutinho — one from the penalty spot and another at the end of a classy team move — plus a third from Roberto Firmino had Jurgen Klopp’s team take a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.
And Liverpool picked up where they left off to start the second half when Sadio Mane smashed a first-time volley from a whipped-in James Milner cross to make it 4-0.
Minutes later, Coutinho completed his hat trick from close range courtesy of a deflection off of a Spartak defender that left Alexander Selikhov no chance in goal.
The home side made it six on the night on the counter-attack in the 75th minute when Daniel Sturridge slid a low pass across the goalmouth and Mane reached back and poked it home for his brace, before Mohamed Salah finished off the scoring from close range.
The win by Liverpool sees Sevilla into the knockouts despite a 1-1 draw at Maribor.
Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk snuck into the round of 16 from Group F at the expense of Napoli with a 2-1 victory over a heavily rotated Manchester City side at the Metalist Stadium.
Former Brazil international Bernard struck with a wonderful curler into the top corner to give the hosts a sensational 26th-minute lead. Ismaily doubled their advantage six minute after — the Brazilian turning in Marlos’ pass with his left foot from the centre of the box.
Sergio Aguero scored a consolation goal just before the final whistle. The win doomed Serie A leaders Napoli, who lost 2-1 at 10-man Feyenoord.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six Champions League group games in already-qualified Real Madrid’s 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham wrapped up a wonderful group campaign with a comfortable 3-0 dispatching of APOEL Nicosia at Wembley.
Ten-man Porto advanced out of Group G with a 5-2 defeat of a disappointing Monaco side, who also went down a man at the Estadio do Dragao.
A first-half Vincent Aboubakar double set the hosts well on their way to the round of 16.
The result saw 10-man Red Bull Leipzig, who fell 2-1 against already-qualified Besiktas, eliminated at the group stage. Alvaro Negredo struck first for the Turkish side. Naby Keita scored three minutes before the final whistle but Anderson Talisca collected the winner in the 90th to ensure the three points.