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Bayern fight and scrap to earn an edge vs. Liverpool but need a change of focus in Munich

Thanks to the much-maligned away goals rule in European football, many consider a 0-0 draw in the first leg of a knockout tie a good result for the home team. But after Tuesday night's game at Anfield, Bayern Munich walked away by far the happier side.

The German champions probably knew that a goalless draw statistically tilts the tie in favour of the away side. In 31 previous first-leg 0-0 draws in the Champions League, the club hosting the return fixture have gone through 22 times. Based on those...

Bayern earning draw amid Anfield atmosphere hardly a nightmare for Liverpool

180 minutes of football produced two goalless draws in the Champions League round of 16, meaning it is still all to play for.
Jurgen Klopp failed to get one over on former foe Bayern Munich as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their second round Champions League tie at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, England -- There are times when people get carried away with the emotion of a European night at Anfield. The noise, the colour, the fear that makes world-class opposition players freeze in their tracks; all those elements helped drive Liverpool to the Champions League final last season, but Bayern Munich debunked some myths as they secured a 0-0 round-of-16 first-leg draw on Tuesday.

Bayern, five-time European champions just like Liverpool, turned up, shrugged their shoulders...

James Rodriguez's big chance vs. Liverpool could foreshadow his future role with Colombia

James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller's suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool.
James Rodriguez's time at Bayern Munich has been mixed but Thomas Muller's suspension provides him a huge opportunity vs. Liverpool.

Argentina had never lost a World Cup qualifier at home until Colombia inflicted an extraordinary 5-0 defeat on them in Buenos Aires back in 1993.

At the time, this was seen as a case of patricide. Argentina was the footballing father of Colombia. Argentine players did much to get the Colombian professional game up and running. Argentine coaches were given pride of place.

That Colombia side was coached by a Colombian, Francisco Maturana, who did much to put his country's football on the global...

Exclusive: Manuel Neuer on Liverpool clash in Champions League, injuries and finding form

Manuel Neuer speaks exclusively to ESPN FC about the occasion of playing at Anfield against Liverpool and how he expects Jurgen Klopp's side to play.
In an exclusive with ESPN FC, Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer makes no excuses when asked about his side's Bundesliga campaign.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into Bayern Munich's continued struggles in the Bundesliga and feels it'll be more of the same against Liverpool in the Champions League.

MUNICH -- It would have been easy, understandable even, to cancel the interview. A few days before we were due to meet in the Bavarian capital last Sunday, Manuel Neuer had hurt his right hand in a training exercise. The injury was initially described as not serious but soon became the subject of much intrigue as the Bayern Munich goalkeeper missed two games and the club refused to provide any updates. Neuer, too, remained tight-lipped. The exact nature of his complaint was guarded jealously at...

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ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

France legend Frank Leboeuf joins ESPN FC to talk the ramifications for PSG should they fail to progress in the Champions League for yet another season.
Bayern Munich great Bastian Schweinsteiger throws his support behind Niko Kovac and tells ESPN FC they can get back to the Champions League final this season.

Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions.

UEFA Champions League 2018-19 round of 16 draw
The lineup is set for the Champions League Round of 16.

Gab Marcotti

Man United, Roma, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Man City

Mark Ogden

Man United, Roma, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Man City

Graham Hunter

Man United, Porto, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Man City

Raphael Honigstein

PSG, Porto, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Barcelona,...

James wants out and Bayern aren't impressed: why his time in Munich is coming to an end

Serge Gnabry scored twice for Bayern Munich and Kingsley Coman provided the winner in extra time as Bayern defeated Hertha Berlin 3-2.

After Bayern Munich had narrowly beaten Hertha BSC in the German Cup, Niko Kovac went out of his way to praise the performance of James Rodriguez.

"He played really well," said the Croatian manager. "His composure on the ball in tight spaces was very important in a game of many 50-50 duels. With him, we have a lot more quality."

There was, of course, an element of PR involved. James, Kovac implied a few weeks ago, is one of those players who takes criticism very personally and needs to feel...