Liverpool 2-1 Bordeaux: Milner and Benteke send Reds into Europa League last 32

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First half goals from James Milner and Christian Benteke helped Liverpool recover from a Simon Mignolet mishap to qualify out of the Europa League group stage.

European Football - UEFA Europa League - Group Stage Group B - Liverpool FC v FC Girondins de Bordeaux

Liverpool 2-1 Bordeaux
Thursday, 26th November 2015
Europa League Matchday 5
Anfield

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Kolo Toure, Joe Allen, Jordon Ibe and Christian Benteke came in for Martin Skrtel (illness but among substitutes), Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho (hamstring) and Adam Lallana respectively.

Shortly before kick-off it was revealed Daniel Sturridge has sustained a new foot injury and will undergo a scan before the full extent is known.

Bordeaux took the lead just after the half hour mark when Simon Mignolet inexplicably held onto the ball for over 20 seconds, almost three times the amount allowed.

Israeli referee Alon Yefet awarded the visitors an indirect free-kick just inside Liverpool’s penalty area, from which Henri Saivet expertly curled into the top-left hand corner to silence the Kop.

European Football - UEFA Europa League - Group Stage Group B - Liverpool FC v FC Girondins de Bordeaux

But Bordeaux’s lead was short-lived when Milner sent a cross in from the left looking for Benteke. The Belgian forward was bundled over by Ludovic Sane and Milner stepped up to equalise from the spot.

Benteke then turned expertly on the edge of the box before unleashing a brilliant volley past Cedric Carrasso with the last kick of the first half and despite Mignolet’s loss of concentration, the Reds led at the break.

European Football - UEFA Europa League - Group Stage Group B - Liverpool FC v FC Girondins de Bordeaux

It was a busy night for Benteke, who also had goals ruled out for offside and a foul in either half.

Having now qualified, they have the chance to clinch top spot in their Europa League group when they go to Sion on Thursday 10th December.

Liverpool now turn their attentions to Sunday’s Premier League clash with Swansea City at Anfield. Kick-off is 16:15 (GMT).

Lineups and Substitutions

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Lucas, Allen (Can 67), Ibe (Origi 90), Firmino (Lallana 73), Benteke.

Substitutes: Bogdan, Skrtel, Brannagan, Randall.

Bordeaux: Carrasso, Contento, Sane, Yambere, Chantome, Biyogo, Plasil (Ounas 84), Rolan, Saivet, Jussie (Maurice-Belay 76), Crivelli (Diabate 66).

Substitutes: Prior, Traore, Guilbert, Poundje.

Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)

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