The final two matchdays are usually full of drama in the Champions League and this round was no exception.
There was plenty of drama at Anfield, the San Siro and the Nou Camp as the last sixteen continued to take shape.
Borussia Dortmund went to the top of Group A with a victory over a sorry AS Monaco outfit in the Principality.
Raphael Guerreiro scored twice to send the German club to the top of the table.
The Portugal international was on target in both halves and the win came despite Dortmind resting a number of key players.
Dortmund secured top spot because Atletico Madrid were unable to break down Club Brugge in Spain.
Brugge were the livelier of the two clubs and very nearly snatched a winner fifteen minutes from time but were denied by the foot of Jan Oblak.
The Belgian side had already secured passage into the Europa League.
In a dramatic conclusion to Group B fates swung back and forth but eventually Tottenham Hotspur secured passage to the last sixteen with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Spurs had to match or better Inter Milan‘s result and news that the Italian’s had gone behind to PSV Eindhoven softened the blow of an early goal from Ousmane Dembele for Barcelona. PSV took the lead through Hirving Lozano in the thirteenth minute.
In the 73rd minute at the San Siro Mauro Icardi headed Inter back level and as it stood the Italians would progress.
With 85 minutes on the clock at the Nou Camp there would be another twist as Lucas Moura fired in a critical goal that would ultimately send Spurs through.
Liverpool secured progression to the last sixteen with a 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield, the only result where a one goal victory margin would have been enough.
The Reds started stronger and created more chances than their Italian rivals but the display was far from nerveless and the hosts were wasteful in front of goal.
A first half error from Napoli allowed Mohamed Salah to slot his shot through David Ospina’s legs to give Liverpool the lead just after the half hour mark.
As the match drew to a close Napoli knew a single goal would send them through and pressed forward, Alisson Becker had to make a sharp save in injury time to keep the European dream alive but Liverpool had another memorable European night in the bank.
In the group’s other game Paris St Germain cruised to a 4-1 win over Red Star Belgrade in Serbia to clinch top spot in the group.
Edinson Cavani gave the French team the lead early in the first half and Neymar double the advantage before the break.
Marko Gobeljic briefly made things interesting when he scored in the 56th minute but PSG soon restored a two-goal cushion through Marquinhos.
Kylian Mbappe put the cherry on top with a fourth late on.
Group D concluded with the early fixtures on Tuesday night and the table ruled.
FC Porto saw off the challenge of Galatasaray in Turkey to cement their dominance in the group.
Felipe Monteiro put the Portuguese club in front inside twenty minutes before Moussa Marega double the advantage from the spot before half-time.
Sofiana Feghouli made no mistake from the spot just before half-time to get one back for Galarasaray in first-half injury time.
Sergio Oliveira restored the two goal cushion just before the hour mark.
Eren Derdyok pulled Gala back into the game on 65 minutes and just a minute later they had a shot at levelling the scores from the spot but failed to convert the chance and Porto would finish victors and top the group.
Lokomotiv Moscow missed out on a chance to steal into the Europa League when they lost 1-0 to FC Schalke.
The Russian side did not look likely to break the dealock and in the end would be gunned down by a stoppage-time strike from Alessandro Schopf.
The result meant Galatasary will parachute into the Europa League, Schalke and Porto had already qualified for the last sixteen of the Champions League.
UEFA Champions League fixtures and tables on Tuesday 11 December
*All times SAST.
Club Brugge 0-0 Atletico Madrid
Monaco 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
Barcelona 1-1 Tottenham
PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Inter Milan
Liverpool 1-0 Napoli
Red Star Belgrade 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain
FC Schalke 1-0 Lokomotiv Moscow
Galatasaray 2-3 FC Porto
Ajax vs Bayern Munich – 22:00
Benfica vs AEK Athens – 22:00
Manchester City vs Hoffenheim – 22:00
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Lyon – 22:00
Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow – 19:55
Viktoria Plzen vs Roma – 19:55
Valencia vs Manchester United – 22:00
Young Boys vs Juventus – 22:00
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