Napoli sacks Ancelotti after club reaches UCL last 16

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What a night of drama that was.

Ajax, the team that dazzled football fans across the world on the way to the semifinal stage of last season’s Champions League, was dumped out at the group stage by Valencia after a 1-0 defeat in Amsterdam.

Also out is Inter Milan, beaten at home by a second-string Barcelona which claimed a 2-1 win and lent a helping hand to Borussia Dortmund, which clinched second spot in Group F after seeing off Slavia Prague.

Oh, and Napoli sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti just hours after making it through to the last 16.

Hands up if you're through to the last 16 of the Champions League
Hands up if you’re through to the last 16 of the Champions League Barbara Gindl/AFP/Getty Images

And then there was Liverpool, the defending champion, which was made to sweat by Salzburg before 100 seconds of magic transformed the tie and sent Jurgen Klopp’s men through to the last 16.

Our resident Liverpool expert John Sinnott has drafted this wonderfully crafted account of what happened in Salzburg, though we’re slightly disappointed he didn’t include more Sound of Music puns.

We’re back on Wednesday for more, you don’t want to miss it.

Until then, so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.