- Mane bags brace
- Gnabry, Lewandowski force Matip own goal
- Milner finds Van Dijk for goal
Sadio Mane scored two goals and was an all-around menace as Liverpool defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to score a berth in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a scoreless first leg.
Virgil Van Dijk also scored for the Reds, who conceded via a Joel Matip own goal in the win.
The quarterfinal draw is Friday morning. Four of the eight quarterfinalists are from the Premier League.
Andy Robertson picked up a yellow card in stoppage time, and will miss the first leg of the next round.
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Liverpool made an early change when Jordan Henderson was hurt, bringing Fabinho into the XI.
Out of nothing, Roberto Firmino lashed a shot wide of Manuel Neuer’s far post.
Liverpool then took the lead on a horrible mistake from Neuer, as Mane turned him inside out on the edge of the 18 and swept a shot across the line.
Robert Lewandowski then bounced a shot to Alisson, as Bayern knew it would need to score twice without conceding.
Neuer stopped a marauding Andy Robertson at the near post in the 34th minute.
It all went level in the 39th minute, as Serge Gnabry cooked Robertson and Joel Matip‘s desperation bid to clear Gnabry’s cross toward Lewandowski went into the goal.
David Alaba zipped a free kick over the wall that Alisson Becker saved, and it remained 1-1 into halftime.
Mohamed Salah stung the palms of Neuer with a 50th minute rocket, as Liverpool looked for a goal to put victory firmly in its grasp.
Lewandowski then just missed a Gnabry cross before Bayern gave the Reds a pair of corner kicks.
The second was James Milner‘s assist on Van Dijk’s thumped back post header, and Liverpool was in very good shape with a little more than 20 minutes to play in Munich.
Salah could’ve earned a penalty after contact in the box but fought through it and had a chance denied by Bayern.
Substitute Renato Sanches missed wide with an 83rd minute effort to tie the second leg.
And in the end, Mane was just too much. The Senegalese star completed his brace in the 84th minute.