Bayern Munich and Liverpool became the first teams to punch their tickets to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Bavarians made it through after a 7-1 thrashing of Red Bull Salzburg on an 8-2 aggregate, which featured a 22-minute Robert Lewandowski hat trick at Allianz Arena. The Reds, meanwhile, suffered a rare 1-0 defeat at Anfield to Inter Milan in the second leg, though the 2-0 win at the San Siro in the first leg gave Jurgen Klopp's side enough of a cushion to advance.
These matches couldn't have been more different, so let's break down what you need to know.
Bayern and Lewandowski run riot
The Polish superstar was back to his absolute best with a record treble inside of 23 minutes with two of those coming from the penalty spot as he moved level with Sebastien Haller at the top of the scoring charts for this edition of UCL. Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Thomas Muller (twice) got in on the act, with Kingsley Coman teeing up the former and Leroy Sane assisting Muller twice before Lewandowski thanked him as Julian Nagelsmann's men ripped into the Austrian side with their attack-minded setup.
What could have been for 10-man Inter
Despite finishing with an xG of 0.30 on the night, Inter Milan became the first team to defeat Liverpool at Anfield in over a year (March 7, 2021 to Fulham) but they fell one goal shy of sending the match to extra time. Simone Inzaghi will wonder what could have been, especially after his side had 29 minutes after the opening goal to find another breakthrough.
A great goal from outside the box from Lautaro Martinez put Inter ahead 1-0 in the 61st minute, but only two minutes later before they could celebrate being ahead, they were reduced to 10 men. Alexis Sanchez was dismissed due to a second yellow card for his studs-up challenge on Thiago. While it was a bit of a sell on the card by Thiago, Sanchez put himself in a situation that hurt his team. After being reduced to 10, they had no bite in a winnable match. Lautaro's goal would be Inter's last shot on the night.
Salzburg can hold their heads high
The nature of this defeat should not take away from what has been a historic Champions League outing for Salzburg. Matthias Jaissle's men have put Austria back on the soccer map with this showing and will not be underestimated next time around. Will the German even be at Red Bull Arena in Wals-Siezenheim next campaign after winning plenty of admirers this season? The same can be said for young Brenden Aaronson, who has caught Premier League attention and was a rare bright spot in this disappointing ending to their adventure.
Defensively, Liverpool did more than enough to see the match through thanks to another strong performance from Virgil van Dijk at the back, but up front, they hit the woodwork there times during the match showing how thin margins are when it comes to finishing. Joel Matip had the best chance in the 30th minute hitting the post with a header following a great delivery from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Then it was Mohamed Salah's turn hitting woodwork in the 51st and 75th minutes when Liverpool looked to close out the tie. Those two misses -- Salah normally puts those home with ease -- had a combined xG of 0.67. The cherry on top of Liverpool's finishing woes was Luis Diaz's missed chance in the 91st minute thanks to a timely intervention from Arturo Vidal.
While the misses won't matter as they're off to the next round, it's something that the Reds will need to clean up because the margins only get tighter in the business end of the Champions League. It could also be the difference between pipping Manchester City for the Premier League title or coming in second.
Goal of the Day
Bayern Munich vs. Salzburg may have had eight goals scored, but none measured up to Martinez's finish from outside the box.
Robert Lewandowski: A record hat trick and an assist made for a very impressive return to form for the Poland international. Rating: 9
Leroy Sane: Two goals and an assist in one of the most convincing Champions League displays with Bayern so far for the German. Rating: 8
Brenden Aaronson: The USMNT star kept going until the end and provided the assist for Salzburg's only goal, but it was a disappointing outing collectively given how brightly they started. Rating: 6
Maximilian Wober: Few Salzburg defenders covered themselves with glory, but the 24-year-old was particularly at fault early on as he was called for two penalties on Lewandowsky, which promptly decided the tie in Bayern's favor. Rating: 2
Virgil van Dijk: What a performance as van Dijk and the Liverpool defense. Mo member of the backline lost an aerial duel on the night. He didn't lose a single ground duel either, and could have had an assist late when he played in Andrew Robertson. Rating: 9
Diogo Jota: Another anonymous performance since returning from injury, Jota was a ghost on the pitch and couldn't get off a single shot. Rating: 6
Milan Skriniar: A large reason for Jota's ineffectiveness, Skriniar again showed why he's one of the best defenders in Serie A. Nine clearances and four recoveries helped protect his keeper. Rating: 8
Inter Milan midfield: While no Nicolo Barella was a blow, every midfielder combined created three chances and took two shots only one landing on goal. None were particularly effective in driving the ball upfield and made Alexis Sanchez and Lautaro Martinez come deep far too much. Rating: 4