On this day in 2005 Liverpool knocked Bayer Leverkusen out of the Champions League 6-2 on aggregate following a 3-1 win in Germany.
Going into the second leg of the Champions League last 16 at the Bay Arena, Liverpool led Leverkusen 3-1 on aggregate following a condo first leg win at Anfield. After what was a narrow escape from the group stages of the Champions League it was looking as though Rafa Benitez’s men would have no problem progressing to the final eight of Europe’s premier club competition.
Liverpool all but cemented their place in the quarter finals after just 32 minutes as Luis Garcia struck twice in quick succession to give the Reds a 5-1 aggregate lead. Garcia’s first goal of the night was provided by Steven Gerrard as the Spaniard poked in the skipper’s cross to make it 1-0 on the night. His second of the night came just under five minutes after as Garcia got on the end of an Igor Biscan header to double the visitors lead. In the second half it was more of the same from Liverpool as Czech striker Milan Baros put the tie to bed with a well-struck half volley. Leverkusen struck back late on but it was far from enough to salvage a result as Liverpool progressed to the quarter finals 6-2 on aggregate following two 3-1 victories.