Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in football with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday.
The Frenchman helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 win over the German club, a result that sent last year’s semifinalist Monaco crashing out.
Liverpool were rocked by a 2-0 shock loss at Red Star Belgrade.
Red Star’s victory left Group C wide open after Napoli was held to a 1-1 home draw by Paris Saint-Germain, with all four teams still in contention in a very tight pool.
Barcelona, without Lionel Messi, drew 1-1 at Inter Milan in the evening’s showcase match to become the first team to progress to the knockout stage this season.
Meanwhile, Porto moved even closer to a spot in the knockout stage after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 to end the Russian champion’s qualifying hopes.