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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool became the fourth English side to advance to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, as they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.

Sadio Mane scored twice, either side of a Virgil van Djik header to secure Liverpool’s path into the last eight for the second successive year.

Bayern levelled the score in the first half after Joel Matip scored an own goal. But Liverpool controlled the game throughout.

Liverpool now wait for the quarter-final draw which will take place on Friday at 11am.

The Reds took a blow early in the tie as Jordan Henderson was forced off injured after a collision with James Rodriguez.

It was a sloppy start to a wet night in Munich as both teams were guilty of giving away possession far too easily as neither squad could dominate the opening 20 minutes.

But Liverpool showed their cutting edge and took the lead in the 26th minute when Mane brilliantly bought down van Dijk’s long pass before going past Manuel Neuer and firing into an empty net.

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Bayern now needed two goals to advance but were back in the game before half time after Matip put the ball into his own net from a Serge Gnabry cross.

After the break, the German champions never managed to break down the Liverpool defence with van Dijk leading Liverpool’s defensive stand.

Then the Dutchman all but ensured Liverpool’s place in the last eight after he overpowered Mats Hummels and Javi Martinez to head in from a James Milner corner.

Mane then capped off an excellent performance when he headed home six minutes from time which was his 10th goal in his past 10 games.

The match did end on a sour note for Liverpool though as full-back Andrew Robertson received a yellow card in injury time, this means he is suspended for the first leg of the quarter-final.

This win for Liverpool means there are four English representatives in the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 2009.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke after the game of Liverpool’s attacking threat.

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