Two goals from Sadio Mane helped Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena and reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season.
Neither side created many clear opportunities on a wet night in Munich and both sets of players were guilty of giving away possession too easily and too often.
However, the Reds carried more of a cutting edge and took the lead in the tie in the 26th
minute when Mane displayed an exquisite touch
to bring down Virgil van Dijk’s raking pass before firing into an empty net after Manuel Neuer had rushed off his line.
Bayern now needed at least two goals and pulled one back when Joel Matip turned into his own net from close range.
However, the expectant waves of attack from the German champions never materialised after the break, and Van Dijk all but ensured Liverpool’s spot in the last eight when he powered home James Milner’s precise corner.
Mane capped off an excellent display when he headed in his second six minutes from time.
Thr strike his tenth goal in the past ten games.
The match ended on a slight sour note for Liverpool when full-back Andrew Robertson picked up a yellow card in stoppage time which means he will be suspended for the first leg of their quarter-final.
The Reds’ win means there will be four
representatives from the English Premier League in the last eight for the first time since 2009.