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Tuesday's Champions League roundup: Tottenham, Liverpool advance to the knockout stages

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 12/11/2018 Doug McIntyre
Fernando Llorente in a baseball game: Lucas Moura’s late goal against Barcelona was enough to put Tottenham into the knockout stages of the Champions League. (Reuters/Paul Childs) © Provided by Oath Inc. Lucas Moura’s late goal against Barcelona was enough to put Tottenham into the knockout stages of the Champions League. (Reuters/Paul Childs)

An 85th-minute goal by Lucas Moura was enough to salvage a point for Tottenham Hotspur at Barcelona and, combined with Inter Milan’s 1-1 draw against already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven, help Spurs advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Barcelona, which had already won Group B, rested a number of usual staters, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, although Messi came on with about a half-hour to play and hit the post before Moura’s crucial equalizer:

The point was no less than the visitors deserved. Tottenham was the better team at the Camp Nou, firing 17 shots at Jasper Cillessen’s net and forcing Barca’s backup goalkeeper to make six saves, several of them spectacular. Yet the hosts took the lead just seven minutes into the contest when Ousmane Dembele won the ball at midfield and slalomed through Spurs’ defense to score a beautiful individual goal:

The score stayed the same for the next 78 minutes. But just when it looked like it might not be the visitors’ day, Moura got the payoff his team needed. Mauricio Pochettino’s team will now play in the Round of 16 for the second consecutive season.

Salah’s goal leads Liverpool past Napoli

Tuesday’s other marquee match was at Anfield, where Liverpool beat Italian side Napoli 1-0 on a first-half goal by — who else? — Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah:

The Reds then put on a defensive masterclass, denying Napoli the goal that would’ve changed everything in Group C. Even a 2-1 win would’ve seen Liverpool finish third and exit the competition for the Europa League instead.

Cavani, Neymar score in Paris Saint-Germain’s rout of Red Star

In Belgrade, PSG made short work of the hosts in a 4-1 victory that ensured they’d finish atop Group C. Edinson Cavani foreshadowed what was to come when he found the net in the ninth minute. Brazilian superstar Neymar then doubled the guests’ advantage five minutes before halftime with this cheeky strike:

Red Star managed to pull one back through Marko Gobeljic before the hour mark to make things interesting, but Marquinhos restored the cushion for the Parisians before World Cup-winner Kylian Mbappe added insult to injury with PSG’s fourth in stoppage time.

Dortmund beats Monaco, tops Group A

Finally, Portuguese striker Raphael Guerreiro found the net on both sides of the half in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win. His second strike in the 88th minute sealed the deal: 

Other Champions League scores

Schalke 1-0 Lokomotiv Moscow

Galatasaray 0-1 Porto

Club Brugge 0-0 Atletico Madrid

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