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Liverpool, Man-city, Manchester United and Tottenham all made it to the quarter finals for the first time since 2009. Among those who many never see it coming to made to finals is Manchester united who eventually pull out a stunning performance against the star-studded Paris and German side during last week encounter. The second leg between Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich and the kloop driven Liverpool was closely related to the match between PSG and United. 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 to silent the Munich fans.
However, the expectant waves of attack from the German champions never materialized after the break, and Van Dijk all but ensured Liverpool’s spot in the last eight when he powered home James Milner’s corner.
Mane capped off an excellent display when he headed in his second six minutes from time. It was his 10th goal in the past 10 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 Premier League in the last eight for the first time since 2009. The Bundesliga leaders came into the match on the back of a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg, but against better opposition they struggled badly.
Aside from Matip’s own goal, the five-time winners never once forced Alisson into making a good save. There were flashes of brilliance from former Arsenal winger Gnabry, but his more experienced team-mates Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez and Lewandowski failed to make an impact.
The closest Lewandowski came close to scoring was when he just failed to get a touch on Gnabry’s low’s delivery, but now its all in the past. Every touches, substitution and formation any fans of the defeated sides will have hope for but never see the light of the day can only be experience next season.
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