This year's UEFA Champions League has been full of surprises right from the very beginning. And now, when it has come down to the knock-out stages, it has turned out to be a different ball game altogether.
Earlier, Ajax proved to be a party spoiler in Madrid and now, it seems that the same job has been taken up by Liverpool as they stunned the mighty Bayern Munich by a margin of 3-1 at the Allianz Arena.
The prolific performances by the trio of Sadio Mane, Firmino and Mo Salah (SFS) turned out to be a lethal one to handle for N. Kovac's side. With two goals by Mane and a header by Virgil Van Dijk, the Reds made the win look like a piece of cake for them.March 13, 2019
Before the start, both the teams were looking pretty good on paper with Bayern having home advantage, but as soon as they got on the field, everything changed. For a moment it felt like Allianz Arena is Liverpool's den, as their smooth passes led Bayern to struggle to keep the possession.
A brilliant cut back and chip shot by Mane in the 26th minute of the match got the Reds in the driving seat. Since then, they kept on attacking and didn't stop until the final whistle was blown. Overall, Liverpool took ten shots out of which six of them were on target.
Continuous attack by the SFS trio caused deep trouble to Bayern's defence and in the 69th minute, they faced yet another blow as Van Dijk scored the second goal by a robust header in the left bottom corner.
Later in the 84th minute, Mane smashed the final nail in the coffin by finding the net once again but this time with a header, through a well-oriented lob ball by none other than Salah.
Bayern got a consolation goal but that too in the form of an own goal by Job Matip in the early half of the game.
There is a reason why football is called a team game and Liverpool just proved the importance of it, as every player in today's squad gave their best on the pitch. Despite Henderson, their captain being substituted in the opening two minutes, Jurgen Klopp and his men went on to give an astonishing performance in the Allianz Arena.
With this win, Liverpool joined their three fellow premier league teams and remaining four in the quarter-finals of the UCL.
The draw for the quarter-finals will be out tomorrow and it would be interesting to see if there can be another split between the EPL teams.
With an epic win in the Round Of 16, Mane and Van Dijk are being applauded world-wide on social media.March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019 March 13, 2019