Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk fire Liverpool into last eight

Sadio Mane struck a brace as Liverpool surged into the quarter finals of the Champions League with a famous 3-1 victory at Bayern Munich.

The in-form Senegalese star took three sublime touches as he latched on to Virgil van Dijk’s long pass and outfoxed the advancing Manuel Neuer before lifting a delightful finish into the far corner to open the scoring on 26 minutes.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Liverpool at Allianz Arena on March 13, 2019 in Munich, Bavaria.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Liverpool at Allianz Arena on March 13, 2019 in Munich, Bavaria.Getty Images

It left Bayern with it all to do following the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks earlier, but they were handed a lifeline six minutes prior to the interval when Joel Matip turned Serge Gnabry‘s cross-shot into his own net.

The Bavarian giants were hoping to reach the quarter finals of this competition for the eighth season in a row, but laboured for long spells and saw their hopes extinguished when Van Dijk rose to head home a corner on 69 minutes.

Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Bayern Munich v Liverpool - Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany - March 13, 2019 Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk scores their second goal

The Merseysiders then completed a relatively comfortable night’s work when Mane nodded in Mohamed Salah‘s cross for his 19th goal of the season six minutes from time. 

Liverpool’s triumph means all four English sides can now look forward to Friday’s draw for the last eight of the competition. The Reds will then turn their attention back to the Premier League title race and a trip to struggling Fulham on Sunday.

Source: Eurosport

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