0Shares0000Mane scored twice as Liverpool eased past Bayern© AFP GUENTER SCHIFFMANNMUNICH, Germany, March 14 – Sadio Mane scored twice to steer Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday after a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich dumped out the German champions.Having missed the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks ago through suspension, Virgil van Dijk’s long pass led to Mane’s superb first-half goal at the Allianz Arena. Dutch centre-back Van Dijk then headed Liverpool into a 2-1 lead from a James Milner corner on 69 minutes after Joel Matip’s own goal had handed Bayern a first-half equaliser.Mane made absolutely sure of Liverpool’s place in the quarter-final draw by nodded in six minutes from time.Liverpool’s 3-1 aggregate victory means they join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United in the quarter-finals, completing a clean sweep of English sides reaching the last eight for the first time since 2008/09.It is a bleaker picture in Germany as Bayern’s exit leaves no Bundesliga club in the quarters for the first time since 2005/06, as Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also bowed out in the last 16 — to Tottenham and Man City respectively.This is the first time since 2011 that Bayern have failed to make the quarter-finals.Milner was preferred to Fabinho in Liverpool’s midfield, but Jurgen Klopp was forced into an early change when captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off on 12 minutes.Brazilian Fabinho made an early entrance and Milner took the skipper’s armband.Klopp had urged his side to “be brave on the ball” and it was that, combined with an amazing piece of skill by Mane, which gave them the lead.Van Dijk headed home the crucial goal which put Liverpool 2-1 ahead© AFP Christof StacheVan Dijk’s pin-point pass over 40 metres found Mane in the Bayern box with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off his line.Mane spun away and looped his shot inside the far post to give the visitors a valuable away goal in the 26th minute.The bravery Klopp wanted flowed through the Liverpool ranks and Milner, winning the midfield battle, set Firmino free in the box, but the Brazilian blasted his shot at Neuer.However, the hosts drew level six minutes before the break when Serge Gnabry slipped his marker Andrew Robertson and hit a cross intended for Robert Lewandowski.The ball went in off Matip, who was focused on marking the Polish striker, to the despair of the Liverpool centre-back and the delight of the home crowd.The tempo of the game dropped sharply after the restart, but Bayern wasted a chance on the hour mark when Gnabry fired in a cross, only for Lewandowski to mistime his slide.Liverpool were heading for the quarter-finals when Milner swung in the second of two corners in quick succession and Van Dijk powered a header past Neuer.Mane scored his second when Mohamed Salah’s chip found him at the far post to head home as Liverpool’s travelling fans started singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, while the Bayern supporters began to slip away.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
When the Rio Hondo Temporary Home’s board of directors removed Councilman Owen Newcomer as a member for missing six meetings, the action kicked off a process that could eventually cost the homeless shelter $40,000. The move prompted city officials, including Councilman Bob Henderson, to looking into the board’s operation. Officials decided they did not like what they found. “A regular board is supposed to be nine members – minimum. But at present time they have five,” Henderson said. “I found board meetings to be run unprofessional and on sort of an ad hoc basis. They seem to be more like a club than a business.” As a result, Whittier City Council members voted this week to give the shelter just $10,000 in subsidies. The shelter had been set to receive $50,000 from the city this fiscal year. Reached by telephone Thursday, Laura Miller, the shelter’s executive director, declined to comment on the council’s action. Henderson said the next move is up to the shelter’s board, adding that the city might reconsider restoring full funding if changes are made. “We’re now asking them to bring the board up to compliance within the next three months,” he said. “We’ll then get a report back to see if they’re in compliance.” Henderson said he wanted to provide the program with at least some funding now, because the shelter appears to be doing a good job. “That’s the reason I didn’t suggest that we take our money and go home,” he said. Newcomer cited a number of reasons he missed board meetings, including a conflict with his job teaching at Whittier College, summer vacation and a trip to China. And there were some meetings he did not even know about, Newcomer said. He added that the shelter’s board never contacted him about the missed meetings before notifying him by mail that he had been removed. It is not the first time that shelter officials have come into conflict with the city. In 2000, shelter officials refused to allow a council member to serve on the board of directors, even though its funding comes from Whittier and other cities. Eventually, an agreement was reached to keep a Whittier city councilman on the board. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!