Liverpool put one foot in quarter-finals

Champions League reaction

On a foggy Wednesday night in Milan, Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Inter in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie.

For about 70 minutes it was a cagey affair which looked destined to end 0-0, but late goals from Roberto Firmino – an expertly guided header from a well-worked corner (clip below) – and that man Mo Salah – a deflected effort which caught Handanovic flat-footed between the sticks – means Liverpool head into the second leg at Anfield on March 8 with a big advantage.

Inter will probably feel hard done by, as for those 70 minutes they were as good as Jurgen Klopp’s side and undoubtedly had the better chances of the game. However, football is a 90-minute game and Liverpool did what great teams often do and grinded out a victory despite not being at their best.

Liverpool have been cut to 4/1 (from 5/1) for European glory after tonight – while Inter have drifted all the way out to 200/1 (from 50/1).

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Meanwhile, Bayern Munich survived a potential shock defeat in Austria.

The German champions were heavy favourites to make a winning start to their Last 16 tie with RB Salzburg but found themselves trailing after just 21 minutes thanks to a cracking finish from 20-year-old Chukwubuike Adamu, who had only been on the pitch for 10 minutes.

Salzburg looked like pulling off the upset, but up stepped Kingsley Coman in the dying minutes to rescue a draw for the six-time Champions League winners.

Either way, Salzburg – who have come in from 500/1 to 150/1 after tonight’s positive result – are by no means out of the tie, but I think it’s fair to say you’d have to expect Bayern (out slightly from 4/1 to 9/2) to do the business back at the Allianz Arena in just under three weeks.

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