Sun | Aug 18, 2019

No goals in Champions League - Liverpool vs ­Bayern, Lyon vs ­Barcelona scoreless

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:27 AM
Lyon forward Memphis Depay (left) challenges Barcelona forward Lionel Messi during the Champions League round of 16 first leg match in Lyon, central France, yesterday. The game ended 0-0.

LIVERPOOL, England (AP):

Bayern Munich still can’t find a way to score at Liverpool, drawing 0-0 in the Champions League yesterday to go a fourth game without netting at Anfield across 48 years.

By denying Bayern an away goal, Liverpool have a slight edge heading into the second leg of the round of 16 knowing they would advance with a scoring draw.

Liverpool had a scare in the 13th minute when Joe Matip unwittingly diverted Serge Gnabry’s cross goalward from close range and the ball bounced off goalkeeper Alisson Becker to safety. Bayern winger Kingsley Coman then sent a shot into the side ­netting three minutes later.

Liverpool squandered chances when Mohamed Salah headed wide from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery and Sadio Mane shot wide on the turn.

Mane also miscued an attempted overhead kick in front of the Bayern goal, and Matip sent the ball wide from Roberto Firmino’s cutback before half-time.

In a strong defensive display by Liverpool, makeshift centre back Fabinho made a well-timed tackle on Robert Lewandowski in the six-yard box. Gnabry sent a shot fizzing over the bar from outside the box in the 59th, but Bayern struggled to test Alisson.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer preserved the clean sheet in the 85th by tipping Mane’s ­diving header tipped around the post.

On a quiet night in the ­competition, the other game between Lyon and Barcelona was also scoreless.Not even Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez could find a way to get a goal.

Barcelona’s attacking stars were held in check by Lyon leaving the French side’s hopes of causing a big upset very much alive.

Messi failed to add to his six goals so far in the competition, while Suarez had the goal gaping but sliced a shot wide with 20 minutes left after latching on to Jordi Alba’s pass from the left.

When wasteful Barca did hit the target, Lyon’s goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was in fine form.

Containing the five-time ­champions in the return leg on March 13 may prove far harder for Lopes and his defence if Messi and Suarez are back to their best. However, coach Ernesto Valverde warned not to underestimate a Lyon side which won at Premier League champions Manchester City and were unbeaten in the group stage.

“We are strong at home but there’s no denying that 0-0 away from home is a dangerous result,” Valverde said. “My feeling is that we played well, we were switched on. I think that we deserved a ­better result and did enough to win. It just wasn’t our night.”