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Liverpool dominate Bayern, advance to CL Quarterfinals

Liverpool secured their spot for the round of 8 by beating Bayern Munich 3-1 after a disappointing draw at Anfield the previous week.

Three days after winning against Burnley, Jürgen Klopp made two changes in the starting XI as Henderson and Milner replace Fabinho and Lallana in the midfield.

Only 32% of teams to have drawn 0-0 at home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie have ended up progressing to the next round. Not to forget that Liverpool haven’t won an away game since the start of this 2018/2019 Champions League season.

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Bayern Munich also made a couple of changes. Kimmich was suspended for this game and was replaced by Rafinha. Kingsley Coman was replaced by Frank Ribery.

First half

Liverpool were under pressure early after Jordan Henderson sustained an ankle injury after just 13 minutes. Klopp was forced to substitute the captain and bring Fabinho on.

The game started slowly apart from the injury as both teams attempted to gain control of possession. Liverpool got their first chance through Mané but the Senegalese’ shot from outside the box didn’t worry Neuer.

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The Reds began to dominate the game after the 20-minute mark as Bayern retreated deeper and deeper. Another shot form Firmino looked like a potential opener but it was just wide of the goal.

With the game in limbo, Liverpool’s man-in-form Mané scored a sensational goal after turning Neuer inside out. The No.9 controlled a magnificent ball from Virgil Van Dijk, then skip past Neuer and chipped the ball over two defenders into the far corner.

Only 13 minutes after Liverpool’s goal, Bayern managed to equalise thanks to an own goal from Joël Matip. Liverpool’s backline were caught napping as a stellar through ball made it way past  back line on its way to Lewandowski. The Cameroonian centre-back was unfortunate as he was forced to try and clear the ball or allow Lewandowski to score.

Second Half

Liverpool started the second half with the same must-win attitude. Salah was tireless offensively. A constant threat he could have done better to pick out his teammates but forced Neuer into an important save.

On the hour, the German side had a big opportunity to score and bring the game level. Serge Gnabry took off on the right flank and crossed the ball right across goal but no one could get on the end of it.

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The Reds continued attacking and their perseverance was finally rewarded on the 68th minute. A brilliant corner by James Milner found Virgil Van Dijk whose bullet header propelled Liverpool into the lead.

Bayern began to show more urgency but once again Mane took control of the game. In the 84th minute, Salah curled the ball to the far post with the outside of his left boot to find a diving Mane. A third away goal was more than enough to ensure victory for the Reds and qualification to the quarterfinals.

Unfortunately, Andy Robertson picked up a yellow in stoppage time after a poorly timed tackle. This means he will be unavailable for Liverpool’s first leg tie in the quarterfinals.

Liverpool will find out on Friday who they will face in the next round. The potential opponents include Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto, and Tottenham.

Audrey Corminboeuf
Just a Swiss girl supporting the best team in the world. YNWA

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