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Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich – Football Match Report – February 19, 2019



Liverpool and Bayern drew 0-0 on a night of few chances at Anfield. Getty

Liverpool and Bayern Munich cancel each other out to draw 0-0 in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-1

6 clash at a tense night at Anfield.

Liverpool pressed high up the pitch In the opening moment, but the Bundesliga champions settled and Kingsley Coman dribbled to the edge of the area but was adjudged to have handled when the ball came back to him off Jordan Henderson.

A moment of confusion in Liverpool Defence, keeper Alisson and Fabinho miscommunicating before the ball was cleared, followed by the home side's first chance when Mo Salah was unable to get a firm enough touch to Henderson's pass after 12 minutes.

Two minutes later, Bayern was almost in front when a Gnabry cross hit Joel Matip and was blocked by Alisson.

Sane shot wide before hesitation in the home defense led to an opportunity for Coman who, from an angle, smashed his shot into the side netting.

A wayward Andrew Robertson header gave Gnabry the chance to cross only for Bayern man to miscontrol at the key moment, and then Salah shot off target for the hosts.

Joshua Kimmich was booked for a foul on Mane, meaning he will miss the second leg in Munich, and with a little over half an hour gone I scuffed wide on the turn after Naby Keita's strike deflected him.

Another deflected Keita shot looped to Mane, whose bicycle kick flew well wide, and then Salah and Firmino linked by brilliantly before the latter's low cross was steered wide by Matip under pressure

Georginho Wijnaldum and Firmino joined forces down the right only for the final cross to be too high as Liverpool ramped up the pressure in the closing moments of the first half

They continued their momentum in the early stages of the second, Wijnaldum finding Trent Alexander-Arnold, who fired a pass towards Salah before Bayern cut it out.

Coman crossed towards Robert Lewandowski, who It was well marshalled by Fabinho, and then Salah was unable to keep the ball in play after Robertson's attempt to strike him was broken.

Henderson was booked for a foul on Javi Martinez and then Gnabry again threatened to Bayern, fizzing

Liverpool were beginning to look frustrated, and after Coman shot over a quarter of an hour left, Jurgen Klopp made a double change, replacing Keita with James Milner and Firmino with Divock Origi.

Franck Ribery came for Coman for Bayern and, as the game entered its final 10 minutes, Kimmich intercepted a Robertson cross over Matip, lurking at the edge of the area, scooped a shot well off target.

Manuel Neuer clawed away a low Mane header and then Bayern made two more changes, James Rodriguez off for Renato Sanches and Rafinha replacing Gnabry as time runs out without breakthrough, leaving them in the pole position ahead of the second leg at Allianz A rena.


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