James Rodriguez expects Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to open talks over a permanent transfer after his hat-trick inspired the Bundesliga champions to a 6-0 win over Mainz.

Bayern bounced back from their Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool in style on Sunday, returning to the top of the Bundesliga after Borussia Dortmund had beat Hertha Berlin a day earlier.

With Robert Lewandowski opening the scoring early on, James put Bayern further ahead before rounding off his hat-trick in the second half – Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies also getting on the scoresheet for Niko Kovac's side.

Reports in Spain had suggested that James – whose two-year loan from Madrid is due to expire at the end of the season – would not be extending his stay in Munich, but the Colombia playmaker revealed his wishes to stay at Bayern.

"Nobody knows what the future brings," James told Sport1. "The clubs will hold talks.

"I'm very happy and I feel comfortable here. Kovac is a good coach, I am sure we can still win many titles with him."

Bayern have now won 13 of their last 14 Bundesliga matches and Kovac was thrilled with his side's spirited response to their Champions League disappointment.

"That we are first again, that makes us happy. There was a lot of wit today, a lot of spirit, lots of good actions," Kovac told a news conference.

"We had a very good start. That's important after the disappointing match on Wednesday, that the team showed such a good reaction.

"We could shake the disappointment off together. We can go into the international break calm now, and hope that everyone comes back healthy."

Bayern are level on points with Dortmund at the top, though lead on goal difference, with a crunch clash against their title rivals coming up on April 6.

James Rodriguez scored his first Bayern Munich hat-trick as Niko Kovac's side reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with a 6-0 home thrashing of Mainz that showcased the effervescent attacking that was lacking in their Champions League exit to Liverpool.

Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern with a 3-2 win at Hertha Berlin on Saturday, earned thanks to a late goal from captain Marco Reus, but the champions responded with their 13th win in their last 14 Bundesliga matches.

First-half goals from Robert Lewandowski, James and Kingsley Coman set up a crushing victory that sends Bayern above Dortmund on goal difference, with the leaders set to meet in a potential title decider on April 6 at the Allianz Arena.

James netted twice more after the break to claim the match ball before Alphonso Davies recorded his first Bundesliga goal, the champions having scored 17 times in their last three league games.

Bayern made a blistering start and led inside three minutes, Lewandowski steering home a near-post volley from David Alaba's left-wing cross.

The early onslaught continued with Coman rattling the crossbar and James forcing an excellent save from goalkeeper Florian Muller with a powerful low drive.

Bayern's inevitable second goal arrived in the 33rd minute, Joshua Kimmich's ball into the box chested down superbly by Leon Goretzka with James sliding home a fine finish.

And it was 3-0 before the break, Mainz losing the ball on halfway with Goretzka sending Coman clear, the winger cutting inside off the left to whip a superb strike across the helpless Muller.

Mainz could not stem the tide after the interval either, James finding the bottom-left corner with a curling 20-yard effort in the 51st minute before then securing his treble with a sublime chip.

Bayern made it back-to-back 6-0 home wins in the league by completing the scoring in the 70th minute. Muller denied Lewandowski but he was unable to stop teenager Davies smashing in the rebound.

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What does it mean? Bayern ruthless and relentless

As poor as Bayern were against Liverpool in midweek, they were excellent in establishing a 3-0 first-half lead that was not remotely flattering and they did not let up after the break.

Bayern have won six in a row at home in the league, conceding just twice in that run, form which makes Dortmund's task in next month's clash look tough. Mainz, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven league games and Sandro Schwarz's side are not yet safe.


James runs the show

Performances like this from James make it a mystery why Bayern are yet to confirm they will definitely trigger their purchase option at the end of his two-year loan from Real Madrid. 

The gulf in class between James and Mainz was vast and the Colombia international, who scored his first hat-trick since 2011, is becoming an increasingly key piece of the puzzle for Kovac.


Hack error hands James match ball

Mainz were already heading for a heavy defeat but, when Alexander Hack lost the ball on the edge of his own penalty area, James was left with a simple task to complete his hat-trick.


What's next?

Bayern are away to Freiburg when the Bundesliga returns after the international break on March 30. On the same day, Mainz hope to break their bad run when they travel to Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski says his goal return this season has been impacted by his decision to develop a more selfless approach.

The Poland international has scored 17 goals in 24 Bundesliga games this term but is some way short of matching his hauls from the past three campaigns with just eight matches remaining after Sunday's clash with Mainz.

Lewandowski was also powerless to prevent Bayern from exiting the Champions League at the last-16 stage in midweek, failing to score in either leg against Liverpool.

He did, however, become the Bundesliga's highest-scoring foreign player by taking his tally to 197 and surpassing Claudio Pizarro with a double in a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg last weekend.

While the 30-year-old is still motivated by scoring goals, he admits he has tailored his approach to become a more rounded team player.

"I'm playing differently this season, I've developed some more," he told Welt am Sonntag.

"You can see that in my assist statistics. I've got 10 this season, which is the most I've ever had, so I'll probably top that by the end of the season.

"I did a lot of reflecting and thinking about how I can best help the team. I saw what I felt the team needs from me and told myself: 'I'll do everything that helps the team.'

"It may be that I've scored a fewer goals than in recent seasons, but that doesn't mean I'm having a bad season.

"My duties on the pitch have changed. I now concentrate on the entire team, not just myself. The team comes first.

"I try to open up gaps and create chances without losing my own hunger for goals. I always want to score goals."

Bayern were leapfrogged at the Bundesliga summit by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday after their last-gasp win at Hertha Berlin, but Niko Kovac's side can return to top spot with a victory against Mainz.

Bayern Munich have been charged by UEFA after fans displayed an "illicit" banner criticising VAR during the Champions League loss to Liverpool.

The use of technology in German football has been met with opposition from the stands and Bayern fans vented their frustration in Wednesday's quarter-final clash at Allianz Arena.

The banner read: "Modern football kills emotion. F*** VAR! F*** UEFA!"

Bayern have also been charged with 'kit infringement' after Leon Goretzka wore the wrong shirt in the 3-1 second-leg loss.

The midfielder, a second-half substitute, took to the pitch in the club's Bundesliga's domestic kit, which features Qatar Airways and T-Mobile logos.

Article 28 of the UEFA Equipment Regulations states that teams are prohibited from advertising more than one sponsor on shirts worn in European competitions.

The cases will be heard by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 16.

Joachim Low has called up three new players in his first Germany squad since controversially axing senior trio Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.

Low confirmed last week that the World Cup-winning trio will not be part of his plans for their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, which starts against Netherlands on March 24, four days after a friendly with Serbia.

Low has instead turned to RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann, Hertha Berlin midfielder Niklas Stark and Werder Bremen's exciting forward Maximilian Eggestein as he looks to reverse Die Mannschaft's fortunes after a calamitous World Cup campaign in Russia last year.

Muller, Hummels and Boateng have all expressed disappointment with the communication surrounding the decision to drop them from the squad and Low says he understands their frustrations.

"I understand that the players are incredibly disappointed," he told a media conference.

"I told them that I would be planning without them for the European Championships qualification and I wanted to be honest."

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan have been recalled after missing the squad for November's Nations League meeting with Netherlands and friendly against Russia.

There is no place, however, for Jonas Hector, Julian Draxler, Sebastian Rudy and Mark Uth, who were all included in the initial squad for their last fixtures.

Germany squad in full: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona) Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt - on loan from Paris Saint-Germain); Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin); Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Manchester City); Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Maximilian Eggestein (Werder Bremen).

Niko Kovac has defended his tactics in Bayern Munich's Champions League defeat to Liverpool after criticism from Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern left Anfield last month with what was widely regarded as a commendable 0-0 draw, but they were second best in Wednesday's return leg in Munich, losing 3-1 to Jurgen Klopp's side.

An angry Lewandowski was left with little doubt that the team's tactics were to blame, saying: "I think we played too deep, didn't want to make too many risks, and I don't know why."

Kovac disagrees with Lewandowski's assessment, however, and believes that Bayern were simply beaten by the better team.

"The approach was exactly the same as against Wolfsburg or Borussia Monchengladbach [games they won resoundingly] so I cannot agree with the criticism," he told a media conference ahead of Bayern's Bundesliga clash with Mainz on Sunday.

"We played against a better opponent who deserved to win.

"We did not get the support he [Lewandowski] needs. We played against the best defence in the Premier League.

"We can only be as good as the opponent allows and if you have few balls as a striker, disappointment is normal."

A run of 12 wins in their last 13 league games has lifted Bayern above Borussia Dortmund on goal difference at the Bundesliga summit and Kovac does not believe Wednesday's disappointment will derail their bid for a seventh consecutive title.

"We're doing well in both competitions [Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal] and we've made up 10 points," he added. "They are all professionals and they have the quality to turn the disappointment into victories.

"I expect a difficult game. Mainz is an uncomfortable team, but my team has shown that they keep coming back.

"We have to break their resistance and win the game so the players can relax and go to their national teams."

Liverpool took a "big step" towards proving to critics that they are the real deal with their Champions League elimination of Bayern Munich, according to midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds appeared to be in a precarious position when they could only hold on to a 0-0 draw against Bayern at home last month.

But Jurgen Klopp's side ran out 3-1 winners in Munich on Wednesday and rarely looked to be in danger of being dumped out of the competition.

The victory booked Liverpool's place in the last eight, and Wijnaldum – who played the full 90 minutes at the Allianz Arena – thinks people will take them even more seriously after downing Bundesliga champions Bayern.

"It was really good. We managed to win an away game at Bayern Munich – which is quite difficult," said the Dutch midfielder.

"I feel like we've taken a really big step, because a lot of people said after the first match that it was not a good result to play a 0-0, but we had a good feeling about it because we didn't concede a goal.

"We know the way we're playing, we can always create chances, so we were quite confident we would create chances [in Munich] and score goals. That says something about the team itself.

"A lot of teams struggle here to get a result, but we still did it. We have a lot of confidence, but we also work hard to bring things together in a good way."

Robert Lewandowski was critical of Niko Kovac's "defensive" tactics in Bayern Munich's 3-1 aggregate Champions League defeat to Liverpool.

Bayern left Anfield last month with what was widely regarded as a commendable 0-0 draw, but they were second best in Wednesday's return leg in Munich. 

Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead in the 26th minute when making the most of questionable goalkeeping by Manuel Neuer, and although a Joel Matip own goal late in the half gave Bayern hope, it did not last long.

Virgil van Dijk made it 2-1 21 minutes from time and Mane wrapped things up late on, giving Liverpool a deserved away win at the Allianz Arena.

Lewandowski was left with little doubt that the team's tactics were to blame.

"We knew that it would be a very tough game, but I think in both games we were playing too defensive," the Poland international told Viasport.

"We didn't try to push forward and create situations, also in the first game we didn't risk so much. We played at home, but that wasn't our game and that's why they beat us.

"I think we played too deep, didn't want to make too many risks, and I don't know why.

"We tried to push Liverpool, but in offence it was two versus four players and that's why we didn't match them. That wasn't our game.

"I had a lot of duels, not just with the one player, and it was very difficult because I was alone sometimes, and I didn't have help also and I couldn't do some things.

"It was very difficult. If you're alone against two or three good players, it's difficult.

"If you see both games, maybe we didn't risk enough and that's why we are out now."

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac said his side were deservedly eliminated by Liverpool in the Champions League last 16.

It was a night to forget for Bayern at Allianz Arena, where the Bundesliga champions suffered a 3-1 second-leg defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday.

Following last month's scoreless stalemate on Merseyside, Bayern were no match for Liverpool – who condemned the German giants to their earliest European exit since 2010-11.

Speaking afterwards, Kovac told Sky: "We had a strong opponent and we have to congratulate Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.

"They were better in these two matches and we deserved to lose. The opponent attacked us very high and left no spaces, that made it difficult for us.

"On top of that it was not our best day. Liverpool are a top team in Europe and they showed us our limits."

Bayern conceded first at home, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer caught out on the edge of the penalty area as Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead in the 26th minute.

A Joel Matip own goal 13 minutes later restored parity for Bayern, however, the hosts were swept aside in the second half as Virgil van Dijk and Mane led Liverpool into the quarter-finals.

Asked about his involvement in the opening goal, Neuer said: "I wanted to stand right ahead of Mane, but his first touch was superb. If he does not control it perfectly, I am there [to take the ball]. Then he makes a great move.

"If I stay on the line he can run at me one on one. I can see why people think I did not look to good. Still, Mane did it really well."

Robert Lewandowski felt Bayern Munich did not try to attack enough as the German giants were knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool. 

After a goalless draw at Anfield in February, Bundesliga champions Bayern crashed out on home soil following a 3-1 second-leg defeat to last season's runners-up Liverpool on Wednesday. 

A Joel Matip own goal six minutes before half-time put Bayern back on level terms following Sadio Mane's 26th-minute opener at Allianz Arena. 

However, Bayern succumbed to Mane's second goal after Virgil van Dijk's towering header as the Bavarians bowed out in the last 16 - their earliest exit since the 2010-11 season - much to the frustration of Lewandowski.

"We didn't play so offensive, and that is why Liverpool couldn't play and score a goal in the first game," Lewandowski said via beIN SPORTS. 

"We didn't make the risk, to play forward and try to score the goal. Today was also [the same] I think, we didn't try to play offensive, [play] forward and try to score the goals because we didn't have a lot of chances. I think that was our problem.

"I knew if we were playing too defensive it would be tough. We were playing at home but that wasn't our game today. That's why Liverpool beat us.

"Of course, we have to push again forward. We have the Bundesliga, a lot of games also in the cup. We're still on this way to win, maybe in the Bundesliga, that's why you have to push forward.

"Okay, I'm annoyed with what's happened today. I'm not happy, I'm angry because we know what we should do better but we didn't [do it]."

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool proved they are back as a European force to be reckoned with after his side dispatched Bayern Munich 3-1 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Sadio Mane broke the deadlock in the tie, following a goalless first leg on Merseyside, with a brilliant solo effort at the Allianz Arena.

Joel Matip's own goal levelled matters before half-time but Liverpool kept their illustrious hosts at arm's length throughout the second period, when Virgil van Dijk restored their lead before Mane headed his second of the game.

Klopp helmed a raucous run to the Champions League final last season, where the Reds came up short against Real Madrid, and he felt claiming the scalp of their fellow five-time champions confirms the Anfield club are back at Europe's top table.

"Scoring three here is really difficult – actually we scored four because we scored the other one as well!" he told a post-match news conference.

"It's a big, big step for us. We will see what we can do with it but it's a fantastic sign, I love it.

"We again set a mark for this wonderful club, that we really are back on the landscape of international top football.

"We all thing that's where this club belongs and tonight we proved it at least a little bit. I'm really happy about the result. I knew we had a chance and the boys made it happen."

Van Dijk sat out the first leg through suspension and, once again, proved an influential presence on his return.

"What can I say – I can write a book about his skills, about his strengths, what a fantastic person he is," Klopp said. "So young, so strong, already so mature.

"Virg knows that he can play better than he did, especially in the second half, we played as good as is necessary and possible in a game like this.

"You have to stay in a game, be really stable and have answers to all the questions, change things, use different tools.

"We had better passing in the second half, we had so many good football moments in the second half and I like that we developed into the game.

"It's a difficult place to come, not too many teams have wins on their card at Munich."

Klopp enjoyed many memorable battles at the Allianz Arena as Borussia Dortmund boss, often coming off on the losing side, but he insisted revenge did not figure in his emotions after an accomplished job well done.

"I'm not like this. It's not sweeter for me because it's Bayern. It does not bring back for me the other results from when we played them and we lost," he added.

"I wanted to win for Liverpool, not to beat Bayern. That doesn't bring me anything. It's just a good moment for Liverpool, so let's enjoy that."

James Milner has challenged Sadio Mane to maintain his devastating form until the end of the season after his double helped Liverpool down Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp's side became the fourth Premier League side to reach the quarter-finals with a 3-1 in the Allianz Arena, with Virgil van Dijk on target in-between Mane's solo effort in the 26th minute and diving header during the closing stages.

Mane also scored braces in Liverpool's back-to-back home wins over Watford and Burnley in the Premier League and Milner believes the Senegal forward will be vital as the Reds battle for the top prizes at home and abroad.

"We didn't play our best but it's about getting a result," he told BT Sport. "The front three were outstanding. Sadio is on fire.

"The first goal was ridiculous, how he's finished it off. He's on fire at the moment and I hope he keeps it up until the end of the season."

Liverpool beat Premier League champions and current title rivals Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last time around.

However, with Manchester United and Tottenham also in the hat, Milner suggested he might prefer to be paired alongside another continental foe in Friday's draw – with Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Porto the options in that regard.

"It's good for English football. That's what you want. I don't really think we want to play each other in the next round," he added.

"We'll see who we get. We've got good feelings from last year and hopefully we can carry that on and go as far as we can in this competition."

Along with captain Jordan Henderson limping off due to an ankle injury early on, Andy Robertson's stoppage-time yellow card means the left-back will miss the first leg in the next round.

"Yeah, it happens in games," Van Dijk, who missed the goalless first leg versus Bayern due to a ban of his own, said on BT Sport. "He's a bit unlucky.

"We need to cover it up and we will. We have plenty of quality in the squad."

Sadio Mane's brace inspired Liverpool to a convincing 3-1 win at Bayern Munich and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. 

The Senegal forward's excellent 26th-minute opener gave Jurgen Klopp's side a priceless away goal but, in a similar vein to the goalless first leg at Anfield, the action was fitful and error-strewn for the most part. 

Bayern were level at the break thanks to Joel Matip's own goal but Niko Kovac's side were never able to mount a sustained victory push. 

A typically dominant Virgil van Dijk powered in to leave a forlorn Bayern with a mountain to climb and Mane administered the knockout blow six minutes from time. 

Fabinho, a surprise omission from the Liverpool starting XI, was soon pressed into action when Jordan Henderson suffered an early ankle injury.

The visitors settled well despite that setback and - moments after Roberto Firmino flashed a snapshot wide - Mane brilliantly brought down Van Dijk's raking ball, spun a needlessly marauding Manuel Neuer and chipped in a sublime finish.

Liverpool's lead lasted until six minutes before half-time when Serge Gnabry darted in behind Andy Robertson and Matip put through his own goal with Robert Lewandowski lurking.

Neuer dealt unconvincingly with a well-hit Mohamed Salah drive that was straight at him in the 50th minute, with Bayern struggling for rhythm.

Gnabry remained a reliable outlet – not to mention a menace for Robertson – and he whipped a dangerous ball between the goalmouth and a sliding Lewandowski as the hour passed.

However, the Poland striker would like to have given Van Dijk far more work before the defender rose at the back post to power home James Milner's 69th-minute corner.

Bayern were finished and Mane added late gloss on the end of Salah's floated cross.
 

What does it mean? Premier League era begins as Bayern's ends 

Bayern last fell at this stage of the competition in 2011, going on to win the Champions League two years later. Four semi-finals in the subsequent five seasons followed but age has caught up with a fine side and a revamp is necessary, with the likes of Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich – badly missed through suspension in the second leg – set to have key roles. 

The all-Bundesliga final against Borussia Dortmund was an emphatic statement, 12 months before Germany lifted the World Cup. Club and national team success do not necessarily go together, but Liverpool joining Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham in the quarter-finals should cheer those who revelled in Gareth Southgate's England reaching the semi-finals of Russia 2018. 

Van Dijk underlines player-of-the-season credentials

A game-breaking contribution from the Netherlands centre-back did nothing to explain his importance to Liverpool that the tangible sense of panic surrounding his suspension from the first leg had not done already. Van Dijk was typically colossal here, with Lewandowski feeding off scraps as his marker helped himself to an assist and a memorable goal.

Neuer decline sad to witness

Throughout this golden period for Bayern, Neuer has rightly been considered the premier goalkeeper in world football. However, injuries have taken an awful toll on the 32-year-old, whose muddled decision-making led to Mane's opener. He pawed behind for the corner that led to Van Dijk's winner – the lack of authority inside his own six-yard box a sorry sight.

What's next?

Liverpool will return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday if they beat lowly Fulham, with Manchester City in FA Cup action a day earlier at Swansea. Bayern entertain Mainz as they remain neck-and-neck with Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool suffered an early setback before taking the lead in their Champions League last-16 showdown at Bayern Munich, as captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off through injury.

Henderson appeared to land awkwardly after an aerial challenge with James Rodriguez and received treatment to his left foot.

Although the England international tried to continue he was forced to make way for Fabinho during the 13th minute.

Jurgen Klopp's decision to start with Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner ahead of Fabinho raised eyebrows before kick-off at the Allianz Arena.

However, Sadio Mane put Liverpool 1-0 ahead on the night - as well as on aggregate - with a superb 26th-minute finish.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich statistically hold the upper hand heading into the return encounters of their Champions League last-16 ties.

Both sides secured goalless draws on their first-leg travels and history says 68 per cent of teams previously in that position have reached the next round.

And with Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski both in possession of imposing scoring records, there is plenty for Lyon and Liverpool to fear on Wednesday.

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Bayern Munich v Liverpool

1 - Bayern have only failed to score in one of their past 26 Champions League home games – that was in a goalless draw with Sevilla in last season's quarter-finals.

8 - Niko Kovac's men are striving to reach the last eight for the eighth consecutive season, having last fallen at the round of 16 in 2010-11 against Inter.

23 - Robert Lewandowski boasts an impressive 23 goals in his past 22 appearances at the Allianz Arena in this competition, including nine in 10 knockout games.

99 - Manuel Neuer is on the verge of his 100th Champions League appearance. Five other goalkeepers - Iker Casillas, Gianluigi Buffon, Petr Cech, Victor Valdes and Oliver Kahn - have reached a century.

33 - Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have the found the back of the net with only one of their last 33 shots combined in Europe.

Barcelona v Lyon

3 - Barcelona have won all three of their home matches against Lyon in the Champions League, scoring 10 goals and conceding only two.

6 - Lyon have drawn each of their last six games in the competition, equalling the record for most consecutive draws in a single season jointly held by AEK Athens (2002-03) and Rangers (2005-06).

60 - Barca captain Messi heads into this clash with an incredible 60 goals in 60 Champions League games at Camp Nou, although he's failed to either score or assist in eight of his last 11 knockout appearances.

4 - Lyon have lost seven of their past nine Champions League knockout matches played away from home - drawing the other two - and have suffered defeat on each of the last four occasions.

12 - The objective for Ernesto Valverde's side is to advance through to the quarter-finals for a record 12th straight season, having last exited in the round of 16 when Liverpool beat them in 2006-07.

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