Friday, 27 November 2015

Download video: Liverpool 2 – 1 Bordeaux [Europa League] Highlights 2015/16

Jurgen Klopp’s side went behind at Anfield but goals from James Milner and the Belgium international saw them pick up all three points

Christian Benteke fired Liverpool into the knockout stages of the Europa League as the Reds came from a goal behind to secure a 2-1 win over Bordeaux at Anfield.

The penultimate Group B fixture did not start as planned for Jurgen Klopp, with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet guilty of time-wasting and Henri Saivet finding the top corner from the resultant indirect free-kick.

Liverpool were awarded a route back into the game when Benteke – leading the line with Daniel Sturridge awaiting a scan on a foot injury picked up in training – went down in the box, James Milner slotting home from the penalty spot.

Benteke put Klopp’s team ahead with a fine finish in first-half stoppage time and Bordeaux’s push for an equaliser after the restart proved fruitless, eliminating them from the competition.

Ahead of kick-off, Bordeaux players held up a banner offering thanks for England’s show of solidarity with France in the recent international friendly meeting at Wembley, days after the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13.

Roberto Firmino – moved out to the left wing despite scoring in the 4-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday – was not hampered by his change of position, making two great runs in behind the Bordeaux defence inside the opening 10 minutes but failing to test Cedric Carrasso from either.

Mignolet almost gifted Bordeaux a goal in the 12th minute when he rushed off his line and headed the ball straight to Clement Chantome, but Kolo Toure bailed him out with an important block just outside the box.

Benteke was growing into the match and proving dangerous, but it was Willy Sagnol’s side who took the lead after 33 minutes.





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