Mane, Messi Net Double Each As Liverpool, Barca Advance To UCL Quarter-Final

Mane, Messi Net Double Each As Liverpool, Barca Advance To UCL Quarter-Final

Sadio Mane scored two goals to help Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena to book their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals reports Completesports.com.

Mane opened scoring for Liverpool in the 26th minute when he displayed an exquisite touch to bring down Van Dijk’s raking pass before firing into an empty net after Manuel Neuer had rushed from his goal.

Bayern restored parity when Joel Matip turned into his own net from close range Serge Gnabry’s cross.

In the second half, Van Dijk made it 2-1 to hand Liverpool a 2-1 lead when he powered home with a header from James Milner’s corner with 20 minutes left to play.

Mane capped off an excellent night for him personally when he headed in his second six minutes from time.

The other round of 16 clash saw Barcelona reach the Champions League quarter-finals for a record 12th consecutive year with a 5-1 win over Lyon at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more as the Catalan giants joined Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus, Ajax and Porto in the draw for the quarter-final and
potential semi-final opponents on Friday.

Barca, who drew 0-0 in the first leg, led took the lead when Messi chipped home a penalty in the 18th minute after Jason Denayer tripped Luis Suarez in the box.

Philippe Coutinho tapped into an empty net from Suarez’s unselfish pass before Lucas Tousart’s volley gave Lyon hope.

Messi clinched the game with a run and finish before assisting late strikes from Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele.

The draw for the quarter-final and semi-final will hold on Friday

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 5
  • Sadio Mane, the African man of the moment. I can see the handwriting on the wall that 2019 is your year. It has been signed, sealed and delivered (this is not Nnamdi Kanu’s own though) that you are winning African Player of year 2019. AFCON tournament is between Senegal and Egypt. Who concur?

     
  • Edoman of NewJersey,USA 9 months ago

    If Nigeria vs Senegal ever happen in Egypt, l am sure the Nigerians can stop this guy. Nigerians, as a people has a way of stopping African super stars historically.

     
  • Pompei 9 months ago

    Edoman, not only African stars, but also world stars. We have performed well, even against arguably the best of them, Messi. I watched Messi put in another magnificent performance today against Lyon, and when you consider how talented Messi is, you can’t help but appreciate just how well our boys performed at the world cup against this guy. That we survived 3 world cup matches in the last decade against Messi without being disgraced or embarrassed, is highly commendable. In fact, the argument can be made that in recent times, Messi has been the reason why we have not been beating Argentina. The two times we played them in his absence, we not only beat them, we spanked them. 4-1 in Lagos and 4-2 in Russia. Yesterday, CR7 almost single handedly dragged Juve into the Champions’ League Q/Final, with a splendid hattrick. Messi likely saw that game, and responded with a fantastic performance today. Great to see the world’s best asking questions of each other, and reminding the rest of us of just how good they are.

     
  • Pompei 9 months ago

    Indeed, Mane is going to be a strong contender for the 2019 APOY. However, I think Salah is very much in with a shout. He may not be scoring at the moment, but he makes up for that with numerous assists. The guy is right up there with the world’s best, in my opinion.

     
  • Obidee 9 months ago

    U Guy’s has spoken well I bet u those Guy’s won’t do anything special during this coming Afcon in June… Unknown players will shine during this Afcon game in June..Or what u Guy’s think?