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PARIS — England became the first country to have five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League after Liverpool completed a sweep for Premier League clubs with a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.
Liverpool, which has won Europe’s top competition five times, clinched Group E after Philippe Coutinho secured his first hat trick for the club.
Also qualifying for the last 16 on Wednesday were the former champion Porto, Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk. Napoli lost, 2-1, at Feyenoord and failed to qualify.
Liverpool was one of four English teams to finish at the top of a group, along with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. Chelsea, which won the tournament in 2012, also advanced, signaling a revival by English clubs after several years of underachievement.
The field for the knockout rounds also includes Barcelona, Basel, Bayern Munich, Besiktas, Juventus, Paris Saint-Gemain, Real Madrid and Roma.
Source: The New York Times