Favoured Champions League quartet advance

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Manchester City have defeated Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 to advance to the Champions League knockout stage as Group A winners while the French side also reached the last 16 despite the loss.

PSG's progress was confirmed by Leipzig's 5-0 thrashing of hosts Club Brugge.

Real Madrid and Inter Milan are through from Group D after wins, 3-0 at Sheriff and 2-0 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk respectively.

David Alaba, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema were on target for Real while Edin Dzeko got both goals for Inter at the San Siro.

The Spanish and Italian giants will battle it out for top spot when they clash in Madrid in a fortnight.

Sheriff, the first Moldovan side in the Champions League, are certain to finish third in a superb debut in the elite competition.

Already qualified for the next phase of the competition, Liverpool denied Porto from joining them with a 2-0 win at Anfield courtesy of a long-range shot from Thiago and typical Mohamed Salah finish.

Jurgen Klopp's side have won Group B with a perfect five wins while behind them there is a frantic scramble.

Porto are second on five points but AC Milan struck late through Junior Messias to win 1-0 at Atletico Madrid to join the Spaniards on four.

Milan host Liverpool on December 7 while Porto welcome Atletico on a dramatic final matchday.

Elsewhere, a first-half double from Pedro Goncalves inspired Sporting to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund to seal the Portuguese side's place in the next stage.

An injury-depleted Dortmund had Emre Can sent off after a skirmish and will have to be content with a place in the Europa League.

Sporting will finish second behind Ajax in Group C, who maintained their perfect record thanks to Sebastien Haller's second-half brace in a 2-1 win at bottom side Besiktas.

At the Etihad Stadium, last season's runners-up City came from behind with goals from Raheem Sterling and substitute Gabriel Jesus in the second half overturning Kylian Mbappe's opener for PSG.

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