Champions League: Liverpool, Bayern Stalemate as Barca Fire Blanks in Lyon

European giants Liverpool and Bayern Munich played a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last 16 tie at Anfield on Tuesday.

Sadio Mane wasted the best chance for the hosts when the Senegalese forward fired wide during an electric first 45 minutes, but a cagey second half left it all to be decided when the sides meet again in Munich on March 13.

Liverpool were posing plenty of problems at the other end when they got Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mane into dangerous areas.

Salah headed wide at the back post from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s perfectly measured cross.

Mane then passed up the best chance for either side as he shot wide on the turn after Naby Keita’s initial effort was blocked by the arm of Niklas Suele.

Bayern have made the last eight of the Champions League for each of the past seven seasons and had the experience to hold out for what they clearly saw as a valuable draw as they wound the clock down in the final stages.

Elsewhere, Spanish giants Barcelona will hope to make home advantage count in the return after Lionel Messi and his team-mates drew a blank in Lyon on Tuesday.

The Catalans had most of the chances at the Groupama Stadium, with Luis Suarez firing just wide in the second half, but it was Lyon who came the closest when Martin Terrier hit the bar early on.

Ernesto Valverde’s side once again left frustrated on the road at the business end of the competition.

Desperate to end Real Madrid’s recent European dominance, Barca must now finish the job when the teams meet again at the Camp Nou on March 13, but Lyon remain very much in the tie.

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