Now we know all eight teams, who will participate in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Liverpool and Barcelona joined that elite club, after today’s wins over their respective rivals.
While the English had to fight in Germany against Bayern Munich, Barcelona had a bit easier task compared to them, as they faced Lyon.
Klopp’s Tactics Ruin Kovac
Liverpool was far better than Bayern in Munich, even though the majority of the public and the bookmakers gave significantly higher odds to the hosts. The Reds won 1-3, and their victory was flawless. Simply Bayern was looking very pale, especially in the second half when needed to play with courage, and chase that one goal they were short.
Sadio Mane is the hero of Liverpool’s supporters throughout the whole world, because the Senegalese scored twice, opening and concluding the game.
After 26 minutes, he used one bad judgment of the hosts’ goalkeeper Manu Neuer, and sent a witty shot into the net. That made things a lot tougher for the home team, who after all managed to level before the end of the halftime.
To be precise, they didn’t score a goal, but the ball ended behind Alisson’s back anyway. Joel Matip placed the ball into his own net, after Gnabry’s pass to Robert Lewandowski, who was waiting for it on the far side of L’pool’s goal.
When everybody expected a total offense of the hosts in the second period, they just stopped, leaving the initiative to the guests, who knew how to handle that situation.
Not for one moment did the Reds decreased the tempo of play, or did they want to defend, but quite the opposite, Liverpool wanted to attack.
Virgil Van Dijk’s header, after one corner kick, hit the back of Bayern’s net, and four minutes before the end of the 90 minutes, Sadio Mane scored his second of the day, after a wonderful assist Mo Salah made.
It is sure one of the most beautiful assists this season.
Barca Without Problems
Barcelona trashed Lyon with 5-1, displaying just a small potential of their true capabilities. Blaugrana already had a 2-0 lead after the first half.
Lionel Messi claimed this contest, and the Argentinian had two goals and two assists rightfully earning the player of the game title.
Luis Suarez fell down in the box in the 17th minute, and the referee immediately showed towards the white spot. Messi made a beautiful Panenka, stunning the goalkeeper and bringing the lead to the hosts.
The Uruguayan striker was involved in the second goal also, as he assisted to Coutinho who didn’t find it difficult to execute.
After one chaotical situation in the box, Lucas Tousart cut the deficit to only one, but that was just a temporary thing.
Everything was nice and peaceful until the 78th minute, when Messi netted once more. In the next eight minutes, we saw two more scores, one by Piquet and another by Dembele.
The draw for the quarterfinals will be made on Friday noon central European time. Besides these two sides, Man City, Man United, Juventus, Tottenham, Porto and Ajax Amsterdam participate at that stage.