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Liverpool, Bayern Munich advance to UEFA Champions League quarterfinals

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Mehr Ali Altaf
Mehr Ali Altaf
Mehr Ali is a young bilingual journalist from Afghanistan working for the English language version of Khaama Press online. His main responsibility include researching and writing news reports for the sports, tech and entertainment sections.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich booked a place in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with varying degrees of drama on Tuesday.

Bayern buried Red Bull Salzburg 7-1 in Germany behind three goals and an assist from Robert Lewandowski, as USMNT midfielder Brenden Aaronson set up the Austrians’ lone goal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, struck the post twice but their 2-0 first-leg lead slipped to 2-1 on Lautaro Martinez’s incredible goal.

The Reds were controversially bailed out by a controversial second yellow card to ex-Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez but still found their way to the next round.

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski grabbed the earliest hat-trick in Champions League history with three goals by the 23rd minute as the Germans steamrollered Salzburg 7-1 on Tuesday to book a place in the quarter-finals with an 8-2 aggregate score.

The 33-year-old Polish striker scored three times in an 11-minute spell as he opened his account with two almost identical penalties in the 12th and 21st before netting on the break two minutes later for his fifth hat-trick ever in the competition.

Bayern, who have been unpredictable in the Bundesliga this year, have now scored seven or more goals in a Champions League game for a record seventh time.

“This was a statement, an exclamation mark,” said Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.

The keeper also set a record with his 104th appearance in the competition, overtaking current club CEO Oliver Kahn as the Bayern keeper with the most games in the Champions League.

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