Teenage sensation Curtis Jones scored his first European goal to send Liverpool into the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday as they beat Ajax Amsterdam at Anfield.
Jones netted in the 58th-minute to ensure top spot in Group D for Juergen Klopp’s side with 12 points after rivals Atalanta were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Midtjylland.
19-year-old Jones scored after connecting with a cross from fellow 19-year-old academy graduate Neco Williams, taking advantage of stranded goalkeeper André Onana and clipping the ball into the net with the outside of his right boot in the 58th minute.
“The kids played exceptional. We defended like devils. It is not that we played the best, best football.
“We are top of the group after match day five and we’ve never done that before. Unbelievably good,” Klopp said after weeks of gripes about the game schedule being to blame for a succession of injuries.
Ajax, with seven points, are a point adrift of second-placed Atalanta and need victory over the Italians in their final group game to reach the last 16.
SHAKHTAR STUN REAL
Real Madrid’s Champions League hopes are hanging in the balance after they lost 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, leaving them third in Group B with one round of games remaining.
The 13-times European champions went behind in the 57th minute when Shakhtar substitute Dentinho capitalised on a lapse in concentration by Raphael Varane to score in an empty Olympic Stadium, where Madrid won their last Champions League in 2018.
Israeli forward Manor Solomon then wrapped up the home side’s shock win over the Spaniards in the 82nd with a solo run on the counter and finish into the bottom corner.
CITY & PORTO ADVANCE
FC Porto joined Manchester City in advancing to the next phase of the Champions League after the two played out a goalless draw in their Group C clash on Tuesday.
The point, combined with defeat for Olympiakos in France, was enough to ensure Porto finished second while City, who had already qualified last week, are assured of top place.
But Pep Guardiola’s team surrendered their 100% record in the group despite dominating their hosts as they set up a myriad of chances but proved unable to make the breakthrough.
With one round left to play, City are on 13 points, three more than Porto with both well clear of Olympiakos and Olympique Marseille, who have three points each.