Liverpool, Ajax advance in Champs League

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First-half goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane have earned Liverpool a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid and a place in the Champions League last 16 while Ajax struck late to win 3-1 in Dortmund to join the Reds in the knockout stage.

Seven-time champions Liverpool repeated their lightning start from the reverse game in Madrid with Trent Alexander-Arnold crossing for Jota on 13 minutes and then repeating the feat for Mane in the 21st.

Felipe's straight red card made life harder for Diego Simeone's side and though Jota and Luis Suarez, back at his former club, each had goals disallowed in the second half, Liverpool held on with ease to stay top of Group B on a perfect 12 points.

Porto are second on five after a 1-1 draw at AC Milan, who picked up their first point, while Atletico are third on four.

Ajax joined Liverpool, Juventus and Bayern Munich - the last two from Tuesday - in reaching the next phase of the competition as Sebastien Haller notched a remarkable seventh goal in four games six minutes from time.

The hosts took a deserved lead from Marco Reus' first-half penalty, shortly after defender Mats Hummels' harsh straight red card on the half hour.

Ajax levelled through Dusan Tadic in the 72nd and Davy Klaassen made it safe in added time.

Dortmund have six points to sit level with Sporting, who crushed pointless Besiktas 4-0 to set up a thriller with the Bundesliga side in Portugal on Matchday 5.

Leipzig earned a first point in Group A thanks to Dominik Szoboszlai's injury-time penalty at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

Georginio Wijnaldum's double had given PSG the lead after Christopher Nkunku's early opener for Leipzig against his former club.

Andre Silva missed a penalty at 1-0 and PSG, without the injured Lionel Messi, were out of sorts to drop to second on eight points.

Manchester City, last year's beaten finalists, top the group on nine points after Phil Foden, Riyed Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored in a 4-1 win over Club Brugge, who levelled through a John Stones own goal.

Brugge have four points and are on course for the Europa League spot in third.

There was a landmark goal for Real Madrid as Karim Benzema struck their 1,000th and then 1,001st goal in the Champions League/European Cup with his double also securing a vital 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

The brace from the Frenchman kept the record winners of Europe's elite competition top of Group D on nine points, two clear of Inter Milan who cruised 3-1 at Moldovan surprise package Sheriff, who have six.

Benzema had opened the scoring in the 14th minute after Vinicius Junior pounced on a defensive error and the young Brazilian also set up the winner just after the hour having combined with compatriot Casemiro.

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