Liverpool dismantled Bayern’s hopes of entering the next round of the Champions League after teaching them a lesson in football in their own backyard on Wednesday night.
The tie was Liverpool’s for the taking after a goalless draw at Anfield two weeks ago and they quickly set about their business.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring (26) with an incredibly well-taken finish sending Neuer, supposedly one of the world’s best, back to nursey with an infinitely cool swivel and chip.
The home side did manage to scrape one back against the run of play after former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry beat the napping Andy Robertson and saw his attempted cross bumbled into the back of the net via Joel Matip (39).
The second-half was a cagey affair with both sides frightened to commit; Salah had an effort saved by Neuer before Robert Lewandoski, who was incredibly disappointing over the two legs, narrowly missed Gnabry’s cross into the six-yard box.
These are the chances clubs need to take against Liverpool, and Bayern had to learn that the hard way.
Virgil van Dijk rose above everyone in the box and helped himself to his first Champions League goal of the season (69).
And if things were not miserable enough for the German’s Sadio Mane compiled their misery and crushed their dreams with a late headed effort (84) to send his side flying into the next round.
Man of the Match quite rightly went to Sadio Mane who continued his excellent run of scoring form with another two goals.
However, we believe Virgil van Dijk deserves some extra credit for another magnificent performance.
The big defender – valued at £67.5m by Transfermarkt – easily shut out one of the best-attacking talents in the world and his goal midway through the second-half effectively killed the game off.
His distribution was predictably sound, and he really kept things ticking to allow the forward players to go about their business.
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