Sadio Mane's first goal v Bayern Munich is even more special from reverse angle


Liverpool pulled off a huge 3-1 win against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday night. 

Sadio Mane's brace and a Virgil van Dijk header ensured that the path past Bayern was actually a rather comfortable one. 

After a 0-0 draw at Anfield, Liverpool expected a tough test in Germany but the Bundesliga champions didn't really turn up for the second leg. 

They fell behind early to Mane's opener but did go into half-time level thanks to an own goal from Joel Matip. 

Things went downhill for the hosts in the second period as Van Dijk powered a header home on 69 minutes to put Klopp's side back in the driving seat before Mane popped up again to wrap up the win. 

The Senegalese forward was Liverpool's star man on the night and his first goal was a thing of beauty. 

Van Dijk played a long ball over the top, which Mane took down with a perfect first touch.

He then used his body brilliantly to shield the ball from the onrushing Manuel Neuer, before turning past him and clipping the ball into an empty net from the edge of the box. 

It really was a fantastic goal, one that gets better every time you see it. And following the match, the reverse angle of Mane's strike has emerged, showing just how glorious it was. Check it out below. 

It was a goal worthy of winning any Champions League tie and at half-time, BT Sport pundit Michael Owen analysed it in great detail to highlight how well Mane did in that situation.

"Everything that was good about this goal was Mane. He pulls really wide to give himself as much space as possible to run into," the ex-Liverpool striker said, per the Mirror

"He points to where he wants, but when he actually looks at the ball it's right at the end. The ball is only three or four yards from him when he actually sees the ball for the first time.


"And let me tell you when the ball is coming over your shoulder like that, for you to just see it and to pick up that flight of the ball, but not only that, to take a touch is just perfect.

"It is a goal of the highest quality, and even that awareness of what is around and that little coolness to dink it over, it is a goal of the highest quality."

That's very high praise from one of Liverpool's best ever strikers, but it's certainly well deserved for Mane's goal. 

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