Champions League: Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets – Reds Leave It Late After Lacklustre Anfield Display (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

17th, September 2014


By Alan Duffy

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad – Champions League – 16th September 2014


Back in the Champions League for the first time since 2009, Liverpool were expected to easily beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad. However, instead the home side struggled to create enough good chances.

Adam Lallana did go close just before the break and in the second period the reds pushed for a goal which eventually came on 82 minutes. Mario Balotelli was the goal hero for Brendan Rodgers’ men, holding off two defenders before firing home.

That goal came after the visitors had gone very close courtesy of  Roman Bezjak’s effort which hit the post. However, the Bulgarian champions were back on level terms almost instantly when sub Dani Abalo rounded Simon Mignolet and slotted home.

But here was still more drama to come. With the game all but over,  ‘keeper Milan Borjan fouled Javier Manquillo in the box to give Steve Gerrard the chance to win the game for Liverpool, which he took.

Not a great performance for the Reds but three points is at least a good base to build on.


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Photos: PA

Highlights: Footytube

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  1. Straight Dave says:

    Nice dive from Manquillo to win the penalty. Presumably an Oscar is forthcoming?

  2. Moxey says:

    So the commentator immediately saying “that is a penalty” and on another channel one of the pundits (not Fowler) said it was a penalty. Even this site, which is normally all over players for diving said it was a foul, yet he deserves an Oscar for it? You’re entitled to your opinion.
    I would like to see Ludogorets given a bit of credit here. Even though Liverpool were far from great, the Bulgarians played a lot better than I thought they would and (up until the last few minutes) defended well. They even had a pretty good penalty shout earlier on. They won’t get out the group but based on last night, they’re not just making up the numbers.

  3. Statusqual says:

    @Moxley It was a dive though lets be honest? I think people are just sick of pointing it out. If that makes you fall over then I’m afraid you aren’t fit for earths gravitational field.

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