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Jones seals progress for depleted Liverpool with win over Ajax

Wednesday, 2020-12-02 09:07:09
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group D - Liverpool v Ajax Amsterdam - Anfield, Liverpool, UK - December 1, 2020 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring their first goal. (Reuters)
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Teenager Curtis Jones grabbed a 58th-minute winner as an injury-hit Liverpool qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Ajax Amsterdam at Anfield on Tuesday (Dec 1).

The victory ensured 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.

* Olympiakos were eliminated from the Champions League when they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Olympique de Marseille in Group C on Tuesday (Dec 1), with the two clubs left fighting for a Europa League spot.

* 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 (Dec 1).

* Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the second half to secure a 3-2 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday (Dec 1) and keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive with Group B still wide open with one round of games left.

* Real Madrid's Champions League hopes are hanging in the balance after they lost 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday (Dec 1), leaving them third in Group B with one round of games remaining.

* Atletico Madrid face a nerve-wracking final game to ensure they reach the Champions League knockout stage after they could only draw 1-1 at home to a much-changed Bayern Munich side on Tuesday (Dec 1) following a late penalty from Thomas Mueller.

* Cristian Romero’s late equaliser secured a potentially precious point for Atalanta in a hard-fought 1-1 home draw with Danish side Midtjylland in a Champions League Group D clash on Tuesday (Dec 1).

* Japan aims to admit large-scale numbers of overseas visitors for the Tokyo Olympic Games without mandatory vaccinations or quarantines, provided tourists submit negative COVID-19 test results and download smartphone tracking apps on arrival, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday (Dec 2).

* Premier League clubs will not be allowed to sign players from European Union (EU) countries without a work permit while foreign players under the age of 18 cannot be signed at all as part of post-Brexit regulations, the league said on Tuesday.

* The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the Champions League will work remotely in a different country from the host team for the first time when Sevilla host Chelsea on Wednesday, Europe's soccer governing body UEFA said on Tuesday. Until now, UEFA has had the VAR team operate onsite but this game will have them operating at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon.

* Spanish tennis player Enrique Lopez Perez has been banned from the sport for eight years for his involvement in match-fixing activities in three separate instances in 2017, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old Perez, who reached a career-high singles ranking of 154 in 2018 and a best doubles ranking of 135 last year, was also fined US$25,000.

* Lionel Messi will be rested for the second Champions League game in a row in missing Barca's trip to Hungarian side Ferencvaros but will not sit out any more games after that, coach Ronald Koeman said on Tuesday (Dec 1).