Goals drought in UEFA Champions League fixtures

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Goals were hard to come by in the two UEFA Champions League matches played on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich showed their champions League experience when they held Liverpool to a goalless draw in the first leg of their round of 16 tie at Anfield.

Spanish giants, Barcelona, were also held to a frustrating goalless draw away to French club, Olympic Lyon.

There were few clear-cut chances in the match at Anfield, although Liverpool created several half-chances in the first half. The first one was when Jordan Henderson found Mohammed Salah in box, sandwiched between two Bayern defenders, but the Egyptian’s tame effort went straight to keeper, Manuel Neuer.

The closest Liverpool came to scoring was a diving header from Sadio Mane late in the match which Neuer pushed around the post.

Barcelona dominated their match against Olympic Lyon, but lacked accuracy up front. Their keeper, Marc Andre ter Stegen, made two great saves, first denying Houssem Aouar.

The 26 year-old ter Stegen then made a spectacular save moments later, tipping Martin Terrier’s shot onto his crossbar.

Two other round of 16 first leg matches are scheduled for Wednesday evening with Manchester City away to Germany’s Schalke.

Man City coach, Pep Guardiola, says his team need to be at their very best to get a result.

“I have the feeling the players are quite well and we will see, it is a challenge for us. What I am pretty sure is that you cannot go through in that competition if you are not yourself; if you expect something is coming from above and you don’t do your best performance, sooner or later you will be out. Maybe this time, maybe in quarter finals. If you want to dream a lot, you want to go through in the last stages you have to be yourself not just every minute, every single second.”

Italian giants, Juventus travel to Spain to face Atletico Madrid.

Juventus has dominated Italian domestic football for years, but they have fallen short in Europe’s major club competition since their last Champions League win in 1996. They will be hoping that the addition of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, will provide the necessary spark they need to win another title.

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