FCB 1-3 Liverpool- Reds book spot in last eight

Liverpool turned in one of their best away performances in the Champions League this season as they convincingly beat Bayern Munich in the second leg of their European knockout tie. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, many pundits thought Bayern had the edge, especially as Jurgen Klopp’s men had suffered defeats away in Paris, Naples and Belgrade during the group stages.

But Bayern seemed short on ideas, and Liverpool, thanks to the brilliance of Sadio Mane, sealed a famous 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena. The Senegalese opened the scoring with a beautiful goal on 26 minutes and fittingly enough, also scored the final one of the evening, beating Manuel Neuer with a header from point blank range.

Virgil van Dijk again showed why many consider him as the world’s best defender, and his fantastic header midway through the second half, beating both Hummels and Martinez to the ball, was a pivotal moment in the game.

My little lad thought this was the perfect time to ask us for a VVD shirt, and we obliged! While browsing for the jersey, we came across a bunch of other rather interestingly themed footy items. We’re a nation of football lovers, and that’s reflected in the amount of weird and wonderful footie-themed merchandise on the market these days. Stick the badge of a Premiership club on pretty much anything it seems, and you’ll find someone to buy it!.

There are even footy themed slot games available online. The cheeky Benchwarmer Football Girls, for example, is a big hit at bgo.com and can be played for as little as 1p per spin.

The aggregators these days seem to publicise only transfer rumours, and the club shops have got on the bandwagon too! You can get personalised transfer stories- basically mock-up paper covers detailing transfers to your favourite club.

And remember that wacky figure-flicking table game you played as a kid? Well, it appears that Subbuteo’s now making a comeback! One of several retro games popping up in stores currently.

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