Sadio Mane, lead Liverpool over Bayern Munich to UCL Quarterfinals

Two goals from Sadio Mane helped Liverpool beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season.

Mane opened the scoring with a delicate finish in the 26th minute and added Liverpool’s third in the 84th by heading in Mohamed Salah’s cross as Bayern desperately sought a way back into the game.

Serge Gnabry had forced an own goal from Joel Matip to equalize in the 39th, but Liverpool went ahead again through a corner when Virgil Van Dijk met James Milner’s cross with a thumping header in the 69th.

After a scoreless first leg, Liverpool’s win puts four English teams into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City also advanced. It’s the first time since 2006 that there will be no German team among the last eight. For the first time since winning the tournament in 2013, Bayern’s campaign wasn’t ended by a Spanish team.

Bayern had lost only one of its previous 18 competitive games and was confident of finishing the job against Liverpool after racking up 12 goals in the three games it played since their draw.

But the side failed to really threaten Alisson Becker’s goal, even after Liverpool lost its captain Jordan Henderson with an apparent ankle injury in the 13th. Fabinho came on to replace the midfielder.

Liverpool started slowly until a mistake from Manuel Neuer in his 100th game in the competition led to the opener. The Bayern ‘keeper rushed out of goal and Mane turned to elude him and defender Rafinha before chipping the ball into the unguarded net.

Matip’s own goal got Bayern back in the game, but this time there was no heroic comeback. Bayern came from two goals down against Juventus at the same stage to win 4-2 three years ago.

Lewandowski went close but remained frustrated as he went scoreless for the seventh successive Champions League knockout game. Salah, five games without a goal since the draw with Bayern, also finished without scoring, but he did provide the cross for Mane to seal it.

 

Neither side created many clear opportunities on a wet night in Munich and both sets of players were guilty of giving away possession too easily and too often.

However, the Reds carried more of a cutting edge and took the lead in the tie in the 26th minute when Mane displayed an exquisite touch to bring down Virgil van Dijk’s raking pass before firing into an empty net after Manuel Neuer had rushed from his goal.

Bayern now needed at least two goals and pulled one back when Joel Matip turned into his own net from close range.

However, the expectant waves of attack from the German champions never materialised after the break, and Van Dijk all but ensured Liverpool’s spot in the last eight when he powered home James Milner’s corner.

Mane capped off an excellent display when he headed in his second six minutes from time. It was his 10th goal in the past 10 games.

The match ended on a slight sour note for Liverpool when full-back Andrew Robertson picked up a yellow card in stoppage time which means he will be suspended for the first leg of their quarter-final.

The Reds’ win means there will be four representatives from the Premier League in the last eight for the first time since 2009.

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