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UCL fixtures and results, 13 March
Bayern Munich 1(1) – 3(3) Liverpool
Liverpool recorded their first Champions League win on the road this season when they went to Bayern Munich and came away with a 3-1 win.
Bayern were able to create some nervous moments but Liverpool started better and opened the scoring through a moment of brilliance from Sadio Mane who is in the form of his life right now. Mane brought the ball down on the edge of the area and turned to beat an onrushing Manuel Neuer and chip into the vacant net to give Liverpool the lead and a vital away goal.
That goal stung Bayern into action although they failed to generate a direct goal threat until Joel Matip put through his own net under pressure to get Bayern level on the night.
The German side pushed Liverpool who sill held the edge and the game hung in tension at half time.
The expected Bayern onslaught never came and Liverpool’s counterattacking game was on song but it would be a setpiece that would unwrap the Bayern defence again as Virgil van Dijk rose to head home from a corner to give Liverpool the lead on the night and control of the tie.
Mane’s second made the tie safe for Liverpool as the minutes ticked down allowing Reds fans to relax for the first time in weeks.
A silly challenge from Andy Robertson late on saw him booked which means he will miss the first leg of Liverpool’s last eight tie.
The victory means that four of the eight quarterfinalists come from the Premier League.
Barcelona 5(5) – 1(1) Lyon
Almost on queue Barcelona found their best form in the final third early on against Lyon who were always going to be hard pressed to get a result if they didn’t score first.
The first goal was somewhat controversial as Barcelona were awarded what looked a soft penalty which Lionel Messi converted with a cheeky panenka spot kick.
Luis Suarez who won the penalty was the creator for fellow former Liverpool player Coutinho to make it two.
Lucas Tousart gave Lyon some hope before the hour when he scored to give Lyon a lifeline but Messi would score another decisive goal as the match approached the final ten minutes.
Gaols from Pique and Dembele put some extra gloss on a clinical display from a team who will be among the favourites to lift the trophy now.
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