Bayern Munich’s fans would have expected to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals after holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield last month.
Their team are notoriously difficult to beat at home - Niko Kovac’s side were unbeaten at the Allianz Arena since October 6 prior to Tuesday night’s fixture - and they’re no strangers to playing Europe’s biggest clubs in these crunch matches.
However, you’re always in a spot of bother if you fail to register an away goal and this may have contributed towards Bayern’s surprisingly defensive approach on their home ground.
It cost them dearly, though. Sadio Mane left Bayern Munich with an uphill struggle after breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute, before Joel Matip’s own goal shortly half-time levelled the scores on the night.
But Virgil van Dijk’s towering header midway through the second half effectively won the tie for the visitors. Mane then added gloss to the scoreline with a late third.
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It was a brilliant team performance from Liverpool, who remain in contention to win both the Premier League and Champions League following their latest result.
There was little for Bayern fans to cheer about, although Renato Sanches’ superb turn on Fabinho in the closing minutes must have put smiles on some of their faces.
The Portuguese midfielder, who is steadily rebuilding his reputation and confidence following his dismal loan spell with Swansea City last season, left Liverpool’s Brazilian in a spin with an exquisite turn.
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We certainly never saw him do that at Swansea!
His highlight at the Liberty Stadium was passing the ball to an advertising board.
Sanches only played 11 minutes of Tuesday’s match after entering the fray for James Rodriguez, but his turn on Fabinho was one of the best skills produced during the 90 minutes.
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Sanches has appeared fairly regularly for Bayern this season, making 14 Bundesliga appearances.
Still only 21, his best years remain ahead of him.News Now - Sport News