Liverpool reached the Round of 16 of Champions League with a perfect record as they won all their six group-stage matches. The former champions hammered Italian giants AC Milan who were eliminated in the group stage after finishing last in Group B from which Atletico Madrid also progressed.

Liverpool’s second-string side fought back to knock AC Milan with a 2-1 victory at San Siro as goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helped the Reds become the first English team to win all six games in the group stage of the Champions League. It was also the first time in their history that they had chalked up a sixth consecutive victory in the competition.

Milan needed to win to stand any chance of progressing to the last 16 and went in front through their England defender Fikayo Tomori in the first half to cheer the home support.

But Salah soon equalised with his 20th goal of the season in all competitions and Origi, who came on to score a stoppage-time winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday, headed home Liverpool’s second after the break.

Milan came last with four points in their first Champions League campaign since 2013-14, as Atletico Madrid beat Porto 3-1 to reach the knockout stage by taking second spot with seven points, two ahead of the Portuguese side.

Manchester City finish group stage with defeat

Meanwhile, defending Premier League champions Manchester City will be heading into the Round of 16 on the back of a defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by RB Leipzig.

Lepzig booked a spot in the Europa League and snapping the English club’s 14-game unbeaten run against German teams in the competition.

With interim coach Achim Beierlorzer on the bench after the sacking of Jesse Marsch on Sunday, Leipzig secured third spot in Group A on the final matchday ahead of Club Brugge, who lost 4-1 at second-placed Paris St Germain.

Leipzig finished with seven points, three ahead of bottom side Brugge. City came top with 12 points, a point ahead of PSG.


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