Bayern Munich 1-3 (agg 1-3) Liverpool: Sadio Mane double helps Jurgen Klopp’s men reach Champions League quarter-finals

Two goals from Sadio Mane helped secure Liverpool’s spot in the Champions League last eight with a 3-1 win against a flat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The hosts arguably had the upper hand after the first leg finished goalless at Anfield but Mane’s exquisite chip on 26 minutes put Jurgen Klopp’s men in charge.

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Mane rounded Manuel Neuer before chipping the ball in the corner of the net

Joel Matip’s own goal just before half-time levelled the game but a towering header from Virgil van Dijk restored the Reds’ lead.

And man of the moment Mane secured the excellent win for Liverpool after heading in Mohamed Salah’s great cross from the right.

The game got off to a bad start for Liverpool, who lost their captain Jordan Henderson to injury after 13 minutes.

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Fabinho came on for Henderson early in the game

Henderson was part of a midfield trio, including James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum, which had lost the last three European matches it started: last season’s semi-final and final against Roma and Real Madrid respectively, and Paris St Germain in the group stage in November.

But while his midfield was somewhat predictable, boss Jurgen Klopp swapped around his forward line for the start with Mohamed Salah, usually right-sided, and Mane swapping flanks.

Less than seven minutes in Henderson required treatment on his left ankle; Roberto Firmino dropped into midfield but his carelessness on the edge of his own penalty area saw Thiago Alcantara whip a shot over.

Henderson did not last much longer, with Fabinho replacing him after 13 minutes. By then referee Daniele Orsato had already waved away penalty claims after Van Dijk tangled with Lewandowski.

Salah, having switched back with Mane, lifted a ball forward for Firmino to shoot wide before the crucial away goal came from a touch of brilliance by Mane.

With the ball heading towards the Senegal international on the edge of he penalty area, Manuel Neuer made a decision to close down the forward and got caught hopelessly out of position as Mane’s smart turn allowed him to embarrass the Germany goalkeeper, clipping a left-footed shot into an empty net.

It was Mane’s ninth goal in his last 10 games and he equalled the club record of Steven Gerrard and Firmino of scoring six away goals in this competition.

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Mane is in splendid form

Neuer was put under more pressure by Andy Robertson’s angled drive but it was the Scotland defender who was the one caught out as, almost from nothing, Serge Gnabry got in behind him and fired in a cross Matip could only turn into his own net with Lewandowski waiting to pounce.

Bayern’s pressure leading up to half-time dissipated after the break as the game became more end-to-end.

And while Klopp had said pre-match an open game gave them the opportunity to win, the dynamic had changed sufficiently with an away goal on the board that a more disciplined approach was required by the visitors.

But with Neuer’s judgement still looking suspect after failing to hold onto Salah’s shot, Liverpool sensed they had the chance of a second – even after Gnabry’s cross had flown through the six-yard area unchallenged.

The critical breakthrough came in the 69th minute when Van Dijk rose highest at the far post to head home Milner’s corner.

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Van Dijk’s header put the tie out of sight

Even with the lead Liverpool continued to take the game to their opponents as space began to open up and Mane took full advantage with a diving, far-post header to convert Salah’s sumptuous outside-of-the-foot cross.

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