Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool: Champions League last 16, second leg – as it happened

Liverpool swept into the last eight of the Champions League thanks to a double from Sadio Mané and a header from Virgil van Dijk at the Allianz Arena

Liverpool are back on the map, according to their manager.

Virgil van Dijk was in fine form against Bayern.

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Jurgen Klopp speaks! “The second half was very very mature. The first half we should have played more football. You can never rest. The only opportunity you have is to keep the ball. We didn’t do it first half but second half we did it brilliantly. It is so difficult to play here at Bayern. It’s a really big one. I’m so proud of how the boys did it. Hendo early, he twisted his ankle, hopefully not too serious. After that it is just brilliant. The first goal, fantastic. I will have to watch it back 500 times. It is outstanding what he is doing there. It was really difficult for Bayern and we are in the quarter-finals, which is amazing. Virgil at set-pieces, the boy is a massive threat. The size we have, the power we have, we are a massive threat. The game didn’t look like Bayern will outplay us. They struggled with confidence so we scored the other two. Andy Robertson’s booking is not cool, but he is a young boy. I asked the ref after the game. He said it is reckless. It was the last minute...”

The only blow for Liverpool is the booking that means Andy Robertson will sit out the first leg of their quarter-final. I wonder if Jurgen Klopp will turn to James Milner instead of asking Alberto Moreno to do his thing at left-back. They could also do with Mo Salah returning to goalscoring form. Salah has gone six games without a goal. That said he did create Sadio Mane’s second goal with a magnificent assist tonight.

While it’s the first time since 2009 there have been four English sides in the last eight, it’s the first time since 2006 there haven’t been any German sides in the quarters. That will hurt. This is an average Bayern Munich side, by their high standards, and there isn’t much behind them in the Bundesliga sadly.

Here’s Daniel Taylor’s match report from the Allianz Arena.

It finished Barcelona 5-1 Lyon at the Nou Camp. Which means the sides in Friday’s quarter-final draw are Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Porto and Tottenham. Barca, Juve and City are the sides to beat, with Liverpool close behind.

James Milner is asked about Jordan Henderson’s early injury. “It’s not easy losing your captain. We dealt with it and Fabinho came on and did very well.”

Virgil van Dijk is asked about his goal. “It feels amazing. Overall to go through is the most important thing.

Virgil Van Dijk speaks! “It’s a great evening. We knew it was going to be tough. They are a great team. We knew we would get chances to score. The equaliser was unlucky but we did the job. On to the last eight.”

That was very good from Liverpool. Admittedly this isn’t one of the great Bayern Munich sides, but Liverpool still had to get the job done against a very experienced side. They barely gave Bayern any chances, kept their cool after Joel Matip’s own-goal just before the interval and took their chances with aplomb.

Full-time: Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool (1-3 agg)

That’s your lot. It was easy in the end for Liverpool, who are through to the quarter-finals after a resilient, clinical and professional performance. “No doubt Gary Neville will claim that Liverpool can’t win the PL now,” Mike MacKenzie says.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool’s 3-1 win.
Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool’s 3-1 win. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images


90 min+3: Wijnaldum whacks a shot over from 25 yards. Liverpool are almost there.

90 min+2: Andy Robertson’s booked for a foul on Leon Goretzka, which means he’ll miss the first leg of Liverpool’s quarter-final. Activate Alberto Moreno! Robertson looks devastated.

90 min: This is the first time since the 2008-09 season both Bayern and Real Madrid have failed to make the last four.

87 min: Adam Lallana replaces James Milner.

85 min: “Money-throwing competition, says Klopp?” Peter Oh parps. “Sadio is Mané in the bank!!!”

This has been on the way for the last few minutes. Divock Origi finds Mo Salah on the right and the Egyptian uses the outside of his left foot to send a cracking cross towards the far post, where Mane heads his second of the night past Neuer. That should be that. Liverpool are joining the other three English sides in the quarter-finals. As for Bayern, their fans are heading for the exits.

GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool (Mane, 84 min; 1-3 agg)

There’s no stopping Sadio Mane at the moment! Or Liverpool, for that matter. They’re heading into the last eight.

Mane scores Liverpool’s third goal.
Mane scores Liverpool’s third goal. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters
Mane celebrates his Brace.
Mane celebrates his Brace. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images


83 min: Divock Origi replaces Roberto Firmino.

82 min: Renato Sanches drifts one wide from 25 yards.

81 min: Bayern are heading out, Schalke were destroyed by Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund were well beaten by an injury-hit Tottenham side. Tottenham didn’t even have Harry Kane or Dele Alli in the first leg and still won 3-0 at Wembley. What has happened to German football?

80 min: Firmino rams a shot straight at Neuer from 25 yards. A third Liverpool goal looks likelier than a Bayern second.

79 min: The disappointing James Rodriguez makes way for Swansea legend Renato Sanches.

75 min: Liverpool slice through Bayern again, a slick move sending Salah surging into the middle. The forward ignores Wijnaldum to his lef, dips inside and looks certain to score. Yet Rafinha manages to hold him up and that allows Sule to make a last-ditch challene, whipping the ball off Salah’s feet just in the nick of time!

Sule blocks the shot from Salah.
Sule blocks the shot from Salah. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


73 min: Fabinho makes an excellent challenge to deny Coman in the Liverpool area. The winger looked like he had the legs on Fabinho there. Liverpool deal with the resulting corner. They’ve defended very well tonight. I can’t remember Alisson making a save in the second half.

72 min: Bayern make their second change, Leon Goretzka on for Javi Martinez.

71 min: Liverpool have another corner, Fabinho’s shot deflected over. Alexander-Arnold’s deep delivery is headed back towards the left post. Mane tries to make something of it. He settles for another corner, which comes to nothing.

Never underestimate this man’s importance to Liverpool. Exemplary at the back, now he’s made the difference in attack! The ball was swung in from the right by James Milner and there was the towering Virgil Van Dijk leaping highest in the Bayern area. He’s too big and powerful for his markers in red and Neuer can’t do anything about a thumping header into the bottom-right corner! Bayern need to score two more goals now.

GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-2 Liverpool (Van Dijk, 69 min; 1-2 agg)

That could be all Liverpool need!

Van Dijk heads home to give Liverpool the lead.
Van Dijk heads home to give Liverpool the lead. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters
And celebrates with Firmino.
And celebrates with Firmino. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images


68 min: Milner wins a corner on the left. Alexander-Arnold’s vicious delivery has to be clawed behind by Neuer at the far post, with Matip closing in. Another chance for Liverpool.

65 min: Thiago brings down Wijnaldum with a late slide tackle and earns a yellow card.

64 min: This is such a bitty game. You feel it might be a mistake that makes the difference.

63 min: Matip bumps into the back of Lewandowski on the left. The Liverpool centre-back picks up a cheap booking. The free-kick comes to nothing.

Matip, not happy with the yellow card.
Matip, not happy with the yellow card. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


61 min: Bayern make their first change, Kingsley Coman on for Franck Ribery, who didn’t do much.

60 min: Kingsley Coman will be on imminently. While he waits Bayern almost score. Gnabry escapes to the right and flashes a cross into the middle from the byline, but it evades both the sliding Lewandowski in the middle and James at the far post. Luckily for Liverpool the ball trickles to safety.

59 min: The camera picks out Joachim Low and Oliver Bierhoff in the stands. I wonder if they caught up with Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller.

Germany head coach Joachim Low and Germany manager Oliver Bierhoff watch the match.
Germany head coach Joachim Low and Germany manager Oliver Bierhoff watch the match. Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images


57 min: This is a dominant spell for Liverpool, which is sub-optimal for Bayern. The hosts need to work up a head of steam before it’s too late. Perhaps Niko Kovac will look to get Kingsley Coman on soon.

55 min: Salah’s flick almost runs to Robertson on the edge of the area, but he’s blocked off by Rafinha. Liverpool have spent a few minutes inside Bayern’s half, which will suit them nicely.

53 min: This remains quite a sloppy game.

50 min: Liverpool counter, Mane finding Salah before being chopped down on the halfway line. An advantage is played, allowing Salah to run at the backtracking Bayern defence. He reaches the edge of the area and lashes goalwards with his left foot, but Neuer beats the Egyptian’s shot away.

Neuer covers the shot from Salah.
Neuer covers the shot from Salah. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters


49 min: Gnabry runs at Robertson and wins a corner. James Rodriguez takes it and Van Dijk heads away.

48 min: A low-key start to the half. Bayern’s fans are making plenty of noise, though. Liverpool are going to have to show a lot of nerve here.

46 min: Bayern get the second half underway.

Half-time: Bayern Munich 1-1 Liverpool (1-1 agg; Liverpool lead on away goals)

An intriguing half draws to a close. Liverpool have the advantage thanks to some special work from Sadio Mane, but Bayern have hope thanks to Joel Matip’s own-goal. This is tantalisingly poised. Liverpool are going through as it stands, but Bayern only need one goal.

45 min+1: There will be two added minutes.

45 min: Lewandowski charges through and lifts a shot wide. He was offside, though.

Lewandowski shoots, but he’s offside.
Lewandowski shoots, but he’s offside. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


44 min: Alaba curls the free-kick straight at Alisson.

43 min: James charges through the middle after an error from Fabinho, who brings down the Colombian in his haste to make amends. Bayern have a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Fabinho has been booked,


Just like that, Liverpool’s momentum is wiped out. It all comes from a straightforward ball over the top from deep from the back. Robertson hasn’t tracked Gnabry’s run and that leaves him in trouble. Gnabry speeds into the area from the right and hammers a low cross-shot into the six-yard box. It bounces off Joel Matip’s shins and into the net, leaving Alisson helpless. Liverpool still lead on away goals but they have to be careful now.

Gnabry shoots.
Gnabry shoots. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images


GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-1 Liverpool (Matip own goal, 39 min; 1-1 agg)

Bayern are back in it!

Matip scores an own goal and Bayern’s equaliser.
Matip scores an own goal and Bayern’s equaliser. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


37 min: With Van Dijk pulled out wide to confront Gnabry, Robertson does well to cut out the German’s cross in the six-yard box. Lewandowski was lurking. Moments later James sends a useless cross out for a goal-kick.

35 min: One corner leads to another. These are nervy times for Bayern, who really can’t afford to concede again before the break.

34 min: A sweeping Liverpool move begins with Salah and Mane combining beautifully near the halfway line. Bayern are opened up so easily from there. Mane speeds down the left and releases Robertson, who hammers a shot goalwards as he surges into the area. Neuer saves at his near post and concedes a corner.

33 min: There hasn’t been much of a response from Bayern yet. They lack ideas. Lewandowski is very isolated. We’ve barely seen anything from James Rodriguez.

30 min: Lewandowski’s deflected shot goes straight at Alisson from the edge of the area.

28 min: This is the first time Liverpool have scored the opening goal in a European away game since the second leg of last season’s semi-final defeat to Roma. Mane got that one as well.

This is wonderful from Sadio Mane! Nothing seems to be on when Liverpool’s in-form man tries to make something of a long ball forward from Van Dijk. But he manages to outmuscle Rafinha and lever himself into position on the left of the Bayern area. All of a sudden there’s trouble for Bayern, who could have done without Neuer racing off his line. Mane controls brilliantly before spinning adroitly to open a yard of space. The question now is whether he can dig out a finish from an awkward angle - and he can, scooping a left-footed shot into the empty net to give Liverpool a precious advantage! That is a superb goal and it leaves Bayern needing to score twice!


GOAL! Bayern Munich 0-1 Liverpool (Mane, 26 min; 0-1 agg)

Liverpool have the away goal!

Mane scores the opener.
Mane scores the opener. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters
And celebrates.
And celebrates. Photograph: PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images


25 min: Remember, 0-0 is the only result that takes this into extra-time. At the moment it feels like both teams could play until tomorrow without scoring. Hang on a minute, though. Here’s an opening for Firmino, space opening up for him on the edge of the area. He takes a shot early and lashes a fierce effort just wide of Neuer’s left post.

23 min: Mane tries to slip a pass through to Salah. Nothing doing.

20 min: This is pretty stodgy from Liverpool, so much so I’m wondering if Klopp is going to whip away a mask to reveal he’s actually Gerard Houllier in disguise. Then again Bayern don’t look any great shakes. Let’s be generous and call this game tactically absorbing.

17 min: Oh no.

16 min: “I never thought Henderson and Kenny Dalglish had much in common other than captaincy, but just as in 1981 Kenny Dalglish came off against Bayern after two minutes to be replaced by Howard Gayle,” Ian Copestake says. “Omen?”

15 min: I’m not sure if Salah has had a touch yet.

13 min: Fabinho replaces the injured Jordan Henderson, who accepts an arm round the shoulder from Jurgen Klopp. Then Henderson heads down the tunnel to receive more treatment. Play resumes. Before the change Klopp was getting very agitated with his team. He’s right to be concerned by signs of sloppiness in their play. Bayern are edging this.

12 min: Henderson has gone down again. His evening’s over. Fabinho will come on.

11 min: With Liverpool forced back, Bayern are able to set up camp in the away side’s half. Martinez lofts a pass over the top of the Liverpool defence, where they’ve fallen asleep, allowing Lewandowski to bundle through. Luckily for Liverpool, Van Dijk reacts in time and muscles Lewandowski off the ball. The Bayern striker falls and screams for a penalty. The roar from the crowd is deafening, but the Italian referee waves Bayern’s appeals away. We don’t even go to VAR.

Lewandowski goes down under the challenge from Van Dijk.
Lewandowski goes down under the challenge from Van Dijk. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters


10 min: Ribery powers into the Liverpool area from the left, but Henderson, who’s returned to the fray, is there to sweep up. Bayern are pressing here.

9 min: Bayern threaten on the edge of the area, Lewandowski almost sending Gnabry through on goal. Robertson does well to mop up. He scrambles clear, but then Firmino puts his team-mates in trouble with a dreadful square ball which reaches Thiago. Firmino’s relieved to see Thiago clip a rising drive over from 20 yards.

Robertson holds off Gnabry.
Robertson holds off Gnabry. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters


7 min: Liverpool are down to 10 men while Henderson receives treatment on the side of the pitch. It seems he should be able to continue.

6 min: It’s been quite a scrappy start so far, neither side able to muster many passing sequences. The pace is frantic. It’s not settled down yet, but here’s a delay: Jordan Henderson is down with an ankle injury after a collision with renowned hatchet man James Rodriguez.

4 min: Robertson receives the ball in space on the left and tries to surge past Rafinha. Yet the veteran Bayern right-back shows he’s no slouch and makes a fine challenge to stop the Liverpool attack. Who needs Joshua Kimmich?

2 min: Hummels hoofs a decent long ball over the top of the Liverpool defence. Gnabry’s made a dart in from the right flank, but Alisson reads the danger and is quickly off his line to claim the ball.

Peep! Liverpool get the ball rolling to loud whistles from the home fans, who are making a right old racket. The visitors are kicking from left to right in the first half. Bayern, all in red, are the last German side left in the competition. Liverpool want to become the fourth English side to reach the last eight. Make your own Brexit gags.

The teams walk out at the Allianz Arena. Liverpool are in their grey away kit. I dislike it.

The teams line up before kick-off.
The teams line up before kick-off. Photograph: Guenter Schiffmann/AFP/Getty Images


The teams are in the tunnel. Jurgen Klopp slaps hands with a small boy, who looks like all his birthdays have arrived at once. Arjen Robben is standing nearby. Was that his son? Robben is wearing a big smile.

Jurgen Klopp speaks! “It’s clear that at Anfield they didn’t think they have to score. Tonight we both have to score. That changes it a little bit. But it’s like the second half of the game. Who wants it more? It’s not about them opening up for us. For both teams it is a mix. We want to score tonight and defend well. But it can change in the game in the moment. We wanted to have as many fresh legs in midfield as we can get. The midfield have played often together and played well. They offer a mix of being solid and being athletes against. Let’s do it now.”

“I’m not too worried about a slightly stodgy midfield,” Matthew Dony says. “Solidity is more important than creativity, hopefully the front three can bring the fancy stuff to the party. And, if not, then bring on Shaqiri with a point to prove for the last 20. I’m trying to be rational. I’m not as nervous as I have been before some other big games. It should be a good game.”

“That was very polite, nay euphemistic, of you to say this midfield trio are deemed not to work well together in big games,” Ian Copestake says. “It is Klopp’s favourite threesome, like an unfunny Marx brothers, that he falls back on when ... well, no one knows why he does this. Hendo’s presence actually seems to stop the other two from being the progressive players they can be when the H is not picked. But as long as the full-backs fly up the wing now and again!”

Some of you have pointed out I missed Sadio Mane’s name off Liverpool’s team. They aren’t playing with 10 men. Mane starts. That’s amended.

Bayern Munich are without Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich because of suspension and Arjen Robben and Corentin Tolisso because of injury, while Kingsley Coman is only fit enough for a spot on the bench. Rafinha starts at right-back, Niklas Sule is preferred to Jerome Boateng at centre-back and Frank Ribery gets the nod over Coman on the left of midfield. Meanwhile Manuel Neueur makes his 100th appearance in the Champions League.

The good news for Jurgen Klopp is that Trent Alexander-Arnold is available to start at right-back. Naby Keita is out, however, and Liverpool’s midfield is Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum, a trio who have come in for criticism this season. Many fans feel they don’t work well together in big games, that they lack the creativity to unpick defences. Time to prove people wrong.

Team news

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Sule, Hummels, Alaba; Martinez, Thiago; Gnabry, James, Ribery; Lewandowski. Subs: Ulreich, Boateng, Goretzka, Davies, Jeong, Coman, Sanches.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Subs: Mignolet, Fabinho, Lallana, Lovren, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi.

Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy).



Hello. Should Liverpool lose this game? It’s an interesting thought, sort of, although be careful about putting it to Jurgen Klopp. “I don’t think any other coach has to answer this question,” Klopp said yesterday. “It only happens if you’re Liverpool manager and the pundits come from Manchester United.” Oof! Someone please check on Gary Neville, the Manchester United pundit in question, as he’s the one who initially floated the idea that Liverpool should blow the Champions League in order to focus on winning their first league title since 1990. Yes, you can see where the former United defender’s coming from. It may well help Liverpool if Manchester City are the ones with the fixture pile-up, leaving Klopp’s side to reserve all their energy on the Premier League. But let’s be honest: Neville, top Red that he is, simply doesn’t want Liverpool to win anything at all. What’s next? Don’t win the Premier League because no one retains the title any more? Don’t listen to him, Jurgen!

In any case how does it work? How can you expect Liverpool to travel to Bayern Munich for the second leg of a Champions League last-16 tie, with the tie delicately poised at 0-0 after the first leg, and not give their all in front of supporters who have given up so much time and money to travel to Germany? And why would you want to focus so much on one competition when history shows it actually is possible to win more than one trophy in a single season? Put it this way, how would Neville have reacted in 1999 if Peter Schmeichel had decided there was no point saving Dennis Bergkamp’s penalty in the last minute of the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Villa Park? United were down to 10 men for crying out loud! Keeping it out meant they had to go another 30 minutes in extra-time! A week before a European Cup semi-final against the mighty Juventus! Just let him score!

No, it doesn’t work that way, so we can probably expect Liverpool to be dialled in at the Allianz Arena this evening. Whether that’s good enough to take them into the last eight remains to be seen, of course, but it surely won’t be down to a lack of desire if they lose to a Bayern side who have regained some of their damaged aura in recent weeks. Bayern were solid at Anfield last month and, after a tricky start to the season, Niko Kovac’s side have climbed above Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga. They know what to do at the highest level in Europe, whereas Liverpool are still establishing themselves under Klopp, and have more than enough ways of scoring enough goals to reach another quarter-final - to put it into context, Bayern warmed up for this one with a thumping victories over Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Throw Liverpool’s unconvincing away form into the mix and you’ve got compelling reasons to back Bayern. Liverpool have lost their last five away games in Europe, a run that stretches back to their victory over City in last season’s quarter-final, and haven’t won away from home in the league since beating Brighton 1-0 on 12 January, since when they’ve drawn 1-1 with West Ham and 0-0 with Everton and United. On the other hand they know a score draw here takes them through, just as it did when they faced Bayern in the semi-finals in 1981. They don’t have to go goal crazy. They can rely on their stingy defence, which will be bolstered by Virgil van Dijk’s return from suspension, and trust that they have enough pace in attack to worry Bayern on the break, all of which is a long way of saying that this could go either way. Your guess is as good as mine. It’s too tight to call. All we really know is that it should be a fascinating occasion.

Kick-off: 8pm GMT, 9pm in Munich.