MUNICH: Liverpool and Barcelona completed the line-up for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after respective victories over Bayern Munich and Lyon in their second round second leg ties.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool won 3-1 in Germany after a goalless first leg.
The second leg was finely balanced at half-time after Joel Matip’s own goal had cancelled out Sadio Mane’s brilliant opener.
But Virgil van Dijk, so influential in defence since his £75m signing, proved how valuable he can be at the other end with a towering far-post header for his third goal in four matches – more than he had scored in his previous 55 appearances.
It broke Bayern’s resistance and, as they went chasing the two goals they needed for victory, they were picked off with Mane’s late diving header ending a run of five Champions League defeats away from Anfield.
The leadership of Van Dijk, suspended for the Anfield tie, was critical as he and Matip kept the competition’s leading scorer Robert Lewandowski at arm’s length.
Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona moved into the quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Lyon at Nou Camp.
Three weeks after the sides battled out a goalless first-leg draw in France, Messi opened the scoring with a 17th-minute Panenka-style penalty, and Philippe Coutinho then made it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark.
Lucas Tousart pulled a goal back for Lyon in the 58th minute, before Messi added his second in the 78th and then teed up Gerard Pique and substitute Ousmane Dembele.
While he could not match Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in Juventus’ triumph over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Messi certainly demonstrated his class in helping his team join the Italians in Friday’s last-eight draw.