Champions League last 16 taking shape ahead of Monday draw


Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second goal against Salzburg.

The Catalan giants are unbeaten in the Champions League this season with three wins and two draws from their five games so far.

The final week of the Champions League group stages is here and the progress of teams, including defending champion Liverpool, to the round of 16 will be decided across games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Reds matched up today with Salzburg in the UEFA youth league where junior sides face the same opponents that the senior teams face in the Champions League.

Lille, with nothing but pride to play for and with a much-changed team, barely threatened until Remy's late strike but Chelsea saw out the win to complete the first phase of their Champions League assignment. There have been just five occasions of a team conceding 20+ goals in a single group stage in the competition, most recently by Legia Warsaw in 2016-17 (24).

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Manchester City will finish as the group-topper while the second place remains up for grabs. If he scores twice in this game, Mbappe would become the youngest player in the competition's history to reach 20 goals, aged 20 years and 356 days. On the other hand, Inter are four points behind Barcelona and will need to win this game to secure their spot in the last 16. But it wasn't enough for Ancelotti, who had previously failed to lead Napoli to victory in any of its last nine games in his second season as its coach.

Just over six months after lifting the trophy, Juergen Klopp's Liverpool find themselves still needing a point in a tricky trip on Tuesday to RB Salzburg, who have everything to play for.

The head-to-head rule will come in to effect if two or more teams finish level on points.

Ajax came within a last-gasp Tottenham goal of reaching the final last season.

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Rodrigo scored the 24th-minute victor for Valencia, which is through to the last 16 for the first time since 2012-13.

Chelsea narrowly defeated Lille 2-1 at the Stamford Bridge courtesy first half goals from Abraham and Azpilicueta.

For the second straight season, Inter Milan was eliminated after failing to pick up a home win in the final round of the group stage.

Inter then missed chances to score a second and Ansu Fati showed them the way, the substitute netting an 86th-minute victor to stun the home side and become the youngest ever goalscorer in the Champions League at 17 years and 40 days.

The Italian side needed to at least match Borussia Dortmund's result against Slavia Prague to maintain second place, but the Germans won 2-1 to move into the runner-up spot and consign Inter to a Europa League place. Jadon Sancho scored one goal and set up another for Borussia Dortmund, which had Julian Weigl sent off in the 77th and was thankful to goalkeeper Roman Burki for a string of saves.

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