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Mane strikes twice as Liverpool knocks out Bayern

The Associated Press

Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s first goal in Wednesday’s round-of-16 Champions League second-leg match against Bayern.

The Associated PressMUNICH (AP) — Sadio Mane scored twice to send Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last 16 on Wednesday.

Mane opened the scoring with a delicate finish in the 26th minute and added Liverpool’s third in the 84th by heading in Mohamed Salah’s cross as Bayern desperately sought a way back into the game.

Serge Gnabry had forced an own goal from Joel Matip to equalize in the 39th, but Liverpool went ahead again through a corner when Virgil Van Dijk met James Milner’s cross with a thumping header in the 69th.

“Scoring three is really difficult. Actually, we scored four because we scored the other one as well. It’s a big step for us,” said Klopp, whose team lost in the final to Real Madrid last year.

“We really are back in the landscape of international football.”

After a scoreless first leg, Liverpool’s win puts four English teams into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City also advanced.

It’s the first time since 2006 that there will be no German team among the last eight. For the first time since winning the tournament in 2013, Bayern’s campaign wasn’t ended by a Spanish team.

“We deserved to lose today. Liverpool was the better team in two games. Today we were shown our limits,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose side claimed the Bundesliga lead over the weekend.

Klopp, who previously coached Bayern’s old foe Borussia Dortmund, led the away fans’ celebrations after the final whistle.

“I’m proud and happy, because this club deserves awareness again,” said Klopp, who also lost the final to Bayern with Dortmund in 2013 but said past disappointments played no role.

“It’s not sweeter for me because it’s Bayern. I want to win for Liverpool and not to beat Bayern,” Klopp said. “It’s just a good moment for Liverpool and let’s enjoy that.”

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