Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich certainly lived up to expectations.
From FiveThirtyEight to oddsmakers to pundits, most expected a close, hard-fought battle. Probabilities and odds were essentially 50/50 from the the time the Champions League Round of 16 draw was announced. For at least the first 159 aggregate minutes, that’s exactly how the match-up played out.
Both squads were in fine form early on Wednesday, battling to a 1-1 draw at the half. Sadio Mane scored a stunner to put Liverpool up, and Joel Matip OG’d to level it for Bayern.
Many on social media questioned Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp‘s midfield selection, as he left Fabinho out of the starting XI (in favor of James Milner and Jordan Henderson). However, Jordan Henderson suffered an early injury, Fabinho was inserted, and Liverpool looked like the better squad almost from that moment on.
Premier League Sends Four Team Through
When the Champions League Quarterfinals draw happens on Friday, the Premier League will have all four of its representatives available for selection.
For those standing on the “The Premier League is the Best League in the World” corner, there’s little argument that can be made against it this year. Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United all proved the better squads in the Round of 16. It will be interesting to see how the quarterfinal draw plays out, as there are no restrictions as to whether the squads can play each other any more.
Barcelona Also Advance, Messi Does it All
In Wednesday’s other game, Barcelona was cruising against Lyon, then things got interesting.
Lionel Messi converted a pk in the 17th, then Luis Suárez fed an easy tap-in goal to Philippe Coutinho for a 2-0.
Lyon scored in the 58th minute, needing then only one more goal to advance (on away goals).
However, Messi, just like Ronaldo the day before, reminded everyone why he’s among the greatest of all time, scoring his brace in the 78th. Barcelona poured it on from there, securing a 5-1 win to advance on a 5-1 aggregate.