Liverpool, Bayern Munich advance to UEFA Champions League quarterfinals

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Salah struggles with Inter player. Photo: The Independent.

Liverpool, Bayern Munich advance to UEFA Champions League quarterfinals

Liverpool and Bayern Munich have scaled through to UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Bayern buried Red Bull Salzburg 7-1 in Germany behind three goals and an assist from Robert Lewandowski, as USMNT midfielder Brenden Aaronson set up the Austrians’ lone goal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, struck the post twice but their 2-0 first-leg lead slipped to 2-1 on Lautaro Martinez’s incredible goal.

The Reds were controversially bailed out by a controversial second yellow card to ex-Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez but still found their way to the next round.

Jurgen Klopp’s men brought a 2-0 lead from Italy but got a scare from Inter Milan thanks to an incredible Lautaro Martinez goal and a pair of struck posts by the hosts.

Alexis Sanchez was sent off for a second yellow card, however, shortly after Martinez’s immaculate strike to condemn Inter to 10 men for the final 27 minutes.

Both Inter-focused moments deserve dissection, as Alexis’ was fortunate to get off with a yellow for a gross raised-boot tackle in the first half but unfortunate to see yellow when his sliding challenge got the ball and later Fabinho.

The red came three minutes after Joel Matip gave the ball away and Virgil van Dijk dared Martinez to take a shot from distance. Martinez painted the inside of the far netting with a sensational strike befitting the stage.

 

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