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CL: Liverpool lose, Monaco through

A memorable Steven Gerrard strike could not prevent Liverpool from being eliminated from the Champions League as Basel went through on Tuesday, while Juventus and Monaco also advanced to the last 16. Liverpool are enduring a deeply disappointing season but the Anfield club knew that a win at home to Basel would take them through from Group B into the knock-out stage for the first time since 2009.

However, Basel, convincing winners when the sides met in Switzerland two months ago, needed only a point and a pinpoint strike by Fabian Frei in the 25th minute set them on their way.

Italian champions Juventus, knocked out at the group stage 12 months ago, are through from Group A after a 0-0 draw at home to last season’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid, who progress as group winners. Meanwhile, it was a memorable night for Monaco, who needed only a point at home to Zenit to advance but a 2-0 win in the Principality, coupled with a 0-0 draw between Benfica and Leverkusen saw them go through as Group C winners.
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