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UEFA Champions League: Reds, Bayern stalemate

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 19: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool battles with Joshua Kimmich and Niklas Suele of Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Liverpool and FC Bayern Muenchen at Anfield on February 19, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool and Bayern Munich played to a goalless draw in the UEFA Champions League last 16 first-leg at Anfield.

Liverpool launched the first attack after 12 minutes when Mohamed Salah met a cross from Roberto Firmino but Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved easily.

Bayern replied seconds later, as Serge Gnabry left Andrew Robertson for dead to pick out Robert Lewandowski, who was denied by the on-rushing Alisson Becker.

Sadio Mane missed a big chance to get the Reds in front when he pulled a loose ball from five metres wide on 32 minutes.

On the stroke of half time, Joel Matip was the latest to misfire in front of goal as he steered Firmino’s cut back next to the post.

Liverpool didn’t relent and pushed continuously, but on countless time they were met with a stubborn defence who stood their ground.

The German side looked to steal a late winner after going on the attack with the introduction of veteran Franck Ribery in the final ten minutes.

Instead, the Reds came close to grabbing a late winner through Mane’s header at the near post but Neuer smothered the danger on 83 minutes.

The final few minutes was a carbon copy of what transpired for most the half, with neither side causing any potency as Bayern head to the return-leg in three weeks time with the slight advantage. Kickoff

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