Liverpool win means five English teams reach last 16 of Champions League

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017

Premier League giants Manchester United and Italians Juventus were among the sides to advance to the knockout round of the Champions League Tuesday following victories on the final matchday while Atletico Madrid were eliminated after being held at Chelsea.

Needing only to avoid defeat against Spartak Moscow at Anfield to reach the last 16 for the first time in nine years, Liverpool hammered the Russian champions 7-0 to win Group E and send out a statement of intent to future opponents. Despite a fifth loss in six group games, they limp into the Europa League in the new year.

Juve join Group D winners Barcelona, who rounded off their group phase with a routine 2-0 win at home against Sporting Lisbon.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have all secured their place in the next round as group winners.

A balanced draw has two-time defending champion Real Madrid and Bayern Munich among five former winners in the pot of unseeded teams who were group runners-up.

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Teams can not face a team they played in the group stages.

There are 16 teams left in the Champions League, half the number that started, with Atlético Madrid, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund the three biggest casualties of the group stages.

The draw for the round of 16 takes place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyom in Switzerland on Monday. The last 16 games will be played on the 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st of February and the second legs will be played on the 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th of March.

Manchester United: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus, Sevilla, Porto or Shakhtar Donetsk.

Already with their backs against the wall domestically, Kevin Muscat's men were placed in Group F. Reigning J1 League champions Kawasaki Fontale will no doubt pose a hard test, while Korea's Ulsan Hyundai have previously raised the Asian Champions League trophy previously.

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