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Mane thunderbolt underscores Liverpool rout

Britain Soccer Champions League

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s fifth goal during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow at Anfield, Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)


Liverpool absolutely destroyed Spartak Moscow on Wednesday at Anfield to lay claim to a seeded place in the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.

Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick, Sadio Mane bagged a brace, and both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also scored in the rout.

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The Reds scored two goals within four minutes on two occasions, netted a penalty (Coutinho’s first) and barely gave goalkeeper Loris Karius much to do at the back.

Mane’s second half pair were beautiful for different reasons.

The second was an agile reach back to tap a mishit pass into the goal, while the first was this acrobatic rocket volley that threatened to tear through the net.

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