Liverpool hold off brave Inter; Bayern crush Salzburg

Sports Desk, Mar 8 (EFE).- Liverpool suffered their first home defeat in a year Tuesday at the hands of Inter Milan, but the Reds won the Champions League knockout stage tie 2-1 on aggregate, while Bayern Munich rolled 7-1 over RB Salzburg to prevail 8-2.

The home side started Tuesday’s contest at Anfield with a 2-0 advantage and they turned out to need every bit of that to advance against the tenacious Nerazzurri.

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic kept a clean sheet, admittedly with plenty of help from the woodwork, which denied Joel Matip at the half-hour mark and Mohamed Salah on two occasions in the second half.

And the visitors were poised to challenge for the tie after Lautaro Martinez halved the deficit with an impressive goal in the 61st minute.

Two minutes later, however, Alexis Sanchez picked up a second yellow card and with 10 men, Inter struggled to create chances.

Bayern, after managing only a 1-1 draw with the Red Bulls in Salzburg, exploded for seven goals at the Allianz Arena in Munich, including three from Robert Lewandowski.

The home side led 3-0 in the 23rd minute thanks to the Polish striker’s three goals in 11 minutes, two of them penalties. Serge Gnabry scored in the 31st to make it 4-0 at the break.

Thomas Müller extended the lead in the 54th minute before Salzburg’s Maurits Kjaergaard pulled one back for the visitors in the 70th.

But the suffering wasn’t over for Salzburg, as Müller completed the brace in the 83rd minute and Leroy Sane added a seventh goal two minutes later. EFE msg-rz/dr

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