UCL 2018-19: 3 Reasons Why Liverpool Eliminated Bayern Munich
Liverpool knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League as they registered an emphatic 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of this blockbuster tie. The visitors produced a comprehensive performance and has joined the likes of Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City, Porto, and Barcelona.
Sadio Mane, who is enjoying his best goalscoring season, opened the account for Liverpool with a brilliant right-footed finish by going around Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. However, the lead lasted till the 39th minute as Joel Matip's own goal made the scores level on the night.
The visitors returned more determined in the second half and were quite impressive in every area of the game. Virgil Van Dijk further extended Liverpool's lead with a headed strike in the 69th minute. Bayern Munich was exposed in many areas and more was yet to come from the Merseysiders. Sadio Mane did his business again and ensured that his side sealed a place in quarterfinals of the Champions League.
It was one of Liverpool's greatest Champions League away performances in their history and here are the three reasons why they were able to achieve it.
#3 Virgil Van Dijk solid yet again as Reds' backline nullifies Lawendowski and co
It was yet another brilliant day at the office for the commander of one of the best defences in the world, Virgil Van Dijk. The Dutch defender won countless aerial duels and individual battles with Robert Lewandowski and his fellow Bayern Munich forwards as he was ably supported by Joel Matip.
Apart from the own goal from Matip, the Reds backline was solid and stubborn against a highly attack-minded side. Furthermore, Van Dijk scored to put the seal on an outstanding performance.