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Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich: Hosts frustrated in Champions League

Sadio Mane

Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich remains finely poised after a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield.

The hosts posed the greater threat but were either wasteful in front of goal or kept out by Bayern’s well-marshalled defence.

Sadio Mane missed a handful of first-half chances, most notably dragging a shot on the turn wide from inside the penalty area when unmarked.

Joel Matip also failed to convert Roberto Firmino’s cross from six yards.

Matip almost handed Bayern an away goal early on when his misdirected clearance rebounded off Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson to safety.

In the second half the German champions were excellent defensively, with Mane’s 85th-minute header at the near post the closest Liverpool came to scoring.

The second leg at the Allianz Arena will take place on 13 March.

Advantage Bayern?

In Champions League history, 31 sides have drawn the first leg of a knockout match at home 0-0 but only 10 have progressed.

Bayern have lost only two of their past 26 home Champions League games, but Liverpool will know if they can score it will give them a huge advantage with away goals counting as double in the event of a draw.

If Liverpool are knocked out, they will rue their misfiring performance at Anfield.

Other than Mane’s late header, which was saved by Manuel Neuer, their only other shot on target came from Mohamed Salah in the first half when he failed to get enough on a brilliant ball over the top by Jordan Henderson to test the Bayern goalkeeper.

There were moments when Liverpool’s trademark one-touch attacking play was evident, but they also failed to make the most of promising opportunities.

Credit must also go to Bayern. They curbed their own attacking instincts to produce a resolute defensive performance, with their full-backs and centre-backs Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule impressive.

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Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 3Fabinho
  • 26Robertson
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14HendersonBooked at 55mins
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forMilnerat 76'minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9Roberto FirminoSubstituted forOrigiat 76'minutes
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 15Sturridge
  • 18Moreno
  • 20Lallana
  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi

Bayern Munich

  • 1Neuer
  • 32KimmichBooked at 28mins
  • 4Süle
  • 5Hummels
  • 27Alaba
  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 22GnabrySubstituted forFerreira de Souzaat 90+1'minutes
  • 11RodríguezSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 88'minutes
  • 29ComanSubstituted forRibéryat 81'minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 7Ribéry
  • 13Ferreira de Souza
  • 19Davies
  • 26Ulreich
  • 33Mai
  • 35Renato Sanches
  • 37Shabani
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
52,250

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamBayern Munich
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 0, FC Bayern München 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, FC Bayern München 0.

Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Rafinha replaces Serge Gnabry.

Foul by Mats Hummels (FC Bayern München).

Divock Origi (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Renato Sanches replaces James Rodríguez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Liverpool) with an attempt from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.

Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.

Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by David Alaba.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Bayern München. Franck Ribéry replaces Kingsley Coman.

Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Joshua Kimmich.

Attempt missed. James Rodríguez (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara.

Offside, FC Bayern München. James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but David Alaba is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Roberto Firmino.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Naby Keita.

Attempt missed. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Thiago Alcántara.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Niklas Süle.

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München).

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Rodríguez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Offside, Liverpool. Alisson tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Javi Martínez.

Attempt missed. Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sadio Mané.

Attempt blocked. James Rodríguez (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Javi Martínez.

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Fabinho.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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