Champions League: Tottenham Trash Real Madrid; Manchester City Edge Napoli
Tottenham Hotspur were in scintillating form as they took Real Madrid apart in a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium Wednesday night that ensured they booked a place in the Champions League last 16.
Dele Alli was the star of the show as he netted a brace for Spurs, with midfield partner Christian Eriksen adding a third to put the tie beyond the fumbling European champions.
Reigning world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo got a late consolation for the visitors, who now have to wait until matchday 5 to ensure passage to the knockout round after Borussia Dortmund were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Apoel Nicosia in Germany.
Manchester City maintained their sensational form to advance to the last 16 with a 4-2 win over Napoli in Italy to make it four wins from four in Group F.
Lorenzo Insigne put the Serie A leaders in front, but two headers either side of half time from City centre-backs Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones put Pep Guardiola’s men ahead.
A Jorginho penalty restored parity again, but Sergio Aguero made it 3-2 to become City’s all-time leading scorer on 178 goals, before Raheem Sterling completed the scoring, deep into stoppage time.
Shakhtar Donetsk will join City in the last 16 with just a draw in Naples in three weeks after beating Feyenoord 3-1.
Liverpool moved clear at the top of Group E with a comfortable 3-0 win over Maribor at Anfield after goals from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge, while Sevilla beat Spartak Moscow 2-1 in Spain.
Earlier, Besiktas missed a chance to seal a spot in the last 16 as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Monaco in Istanbul, Cenk Tosun’s penalty cancelling out the opener from Rony Lopes.
The Turkish champions will now hope for a draw at home to second-placed Porto who beat RB Leipzig 3-1 in Portugal.