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Summary

  1. Balotelli scores first goal of Liverpool career
  2. Result: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal
  3. Bale, Ronaldo & Rodriguez score for Real
  4. Full Football League programme
  5. Click 'Live Coverage' tab for 5 live commentary of Brentford v Norwich

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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And thank you for all your support, but that's a wrap for the night. See you tomorrow for more from Chelsea and Manchester City. Over and out.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey: That wasn't good enough tonight, sorry to all the fans and thank you for your support.

Manager reaction

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Mario balotelli
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "I said to Mario Balotelli at half-time that he needs to get in the box more. I said to him make sure you're penalty spot in, rather than penalty box out because he tends to hang back for the cut back.

"He is a 6ft 3ins striker, he is great in the air and has great physical strength. His goal showed great touch and a brilliant finish. That will give him a whole load of confidence. He is still adapting, trying to get fit, but he showed his quality tonight."

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Arsene Wenger
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Oliver, embarrassed Arsenal fan in London: There has been a massive grey area which has been afforded to Wenger for years. His team selection is questionable, he needs to stop accommodating 4 CM's in to 3 spots - it doesn't go. The world can see that Ozil can't play on the left. As for the transfer window he needed to add 2 defenders and DM and ending up buying a striker that can't score.

If you get chance I'd get a glimpse of Karim Benzema's goal tonight. The pick of a very, very good bunch for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring
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League Two

Burton Albion's unbeaten record fell by the wayside as the League Two leaders slumped to a 3-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon. Matt Tubbs opened the scoring for The Dons and Adebayo Akinfenwa added a brace.

Second-placed Bury closed the gap to two points with a 2-1 win against Stevenage at the JD Stadium. The home side were behind to an Adam Marriott goal after 10 minutes but fought back through Ryan Lowe and Craig Jones.

Hartlepool's Charlie Wyke scored fastest goal the evening to give his side the lead against Northampton after just one minute, but the Cobblers fought back to win 5-1, with braces for Marc Richards and Kaid Mohamed plus a goal from Lawson D'Ath.

Manager reaction

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "In the first six months I was here that is the sort of game we would have lost. There's no one better in a pressure situation than Steven Gerrard."

Orient latest

BBC Sport's Owen Phillips: "Russell Slade fears

the 1-1 draw against Notts County was his last game as Leyton Orient manager.

"Slade has just told BBC Radio Nottingham he was about to have a meeting with the club's owners and suspects he will be sacked after failing to win at Meadow Lane.

"Notts boss Shaun Derry said it would be "scandalous" if Slade has lost his job."

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Abdul Said: I think Wenger has ruined Carzola and Podolski's games. Ozil and Arteta are surplus to requirements.

John Madrid: I don't know why it's a surprise. Tonight Arsenal lost to the best team in their group.

Henry Shah: No disrespect to Ludogorets, but I'm sure Liverpool will be more fired up when Madrid visit.

League One

Leyton Orient
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Leyton Orient striker Chris Dagnall may have handed a lifeline to manager Russell Slade, who had been told prior to kick-off he had one game to save his job, after his second-half penalty earned the Os a 1-1 draw at Notts County.

It looked bleak for Slade when Zeli Ismail scored a 25th minute penalty for the home side, but after the break Dagnall sent Notts keeper Roy Carroll the wrong way.

Meanwhile, league-leaders Bristol City cruised to a 3-0 victory against Port Vale, with Aaron Wilbraham scoring either side of Aden Flint's 48th minute goal.

Second-placed Peterborough failed to keep pace with Bristol after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Gillingham. Jon Taylor cancelled out Cody McDonald's opener, but the Gills striker scored the winner from the spot late on.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

John Hartson

in Dortmund for 5 live Sport

"I think Arsenal papered over the cracks last season, winning the FA Cup and just sneaking into the top four. Their performances against the big teams in the last few years have been unacceptable. They could have conceded five or six tonight.

"And the thing is, they do still create chances because they have such quality in the middle of the park. Arsenal have got good players but they need to strengthen defensively.

"Without overreacting, it was a really woeful defensive performance from Arsenal tonight. Steve Bould has been given the Assistant Manager role, and he should be going into there and sorting it out at the back. He must be looking at his side's defending and cringing."

Arsenal's Per Mertesacker applauds the fans
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Manager reaction

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp
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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am very pleased. Three players went out of the team because of muscle problems, but we made some decisions and I have to say it was a great performance by the team. Really strong. We were brave, we were fast and that is everything we needed for this game.

"I enjoyed this game from the first second until the last. I don't think about this [a new era for Dortmund]. To see games like this, it is the best in the world."

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Jack in Bristol: I don't understand the point of Mikel Arteta - he can't defend, he's not an attacking midfielder and he's average passer. What is he doing in the Arsenal team?

Dan from Liverpool: The question is, if you're Real Madrid watching all this, do you send out your under-10s for the rest of the group stage?

Alan in Devon: Wow, Europe must be quaking - Liverpool get their fair share of dodgy penalties and that is another to add under the "embarrassing" category. No wonder Anfield is a fortress!

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

Robbie Savage

5 live Sport

"Mesut Ozil was poor again and got taken off, and I don't know what he adds to the Arsenal team."

Arsenal"s Mesut Oezil leaves the pitch dejected after losing
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Manager reaction

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Brendan Rodgers
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was a great night for everyone at the club after five years. To get the result was excellent, they showed great character to keep going. It was a penalty, you could see it in their reaction.

"It was a wonderful finish from Mario Balotelli. We told him to get in the penalty area more often, it was a world-class finish. We had signs of anxiety, we are not at the level we were at last ear yet, that will come with time."

Ian Wright

former Arsenal and England striker

Arsene, get Ozil in the middle, get the team to play around him! He's £42m worth of player for a reason! Do something with him - PLEASE!

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

John Hartson

in Dortmund for 5 live Sport

"Arsenal's reinforcements make them a stronger attacking force this season, but they are not stronger defensively. They need a commanding centre-back, someone that really commands at the back four. I'm not convinced Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker even speak to each other.

"Arsenal needed desire and character tonight, and their midfield failed to cause Dortmund any problems."

Where do we go from here?

Arsenal's next game is at home to Galatasaray on 1 October, while Liverpool are in Switzerland to face Basel on the same night. Plenty of time for both of these sides to make their way into the last 16 - or make their way home...

Championship update

Cameron Jerome netted a second-half brace as Norwich City climbed to the top of the Championship with a 3-0 win away at Brentford. Nathan Redmond opened the scoring for Neil Adams' men at Griffin Park.

Watford, who were without manager Oscar Garcia after he was admitted to hospital with minor chest pains on Monday, moved up to second after Matej Vydra's 68th minute penalty handed the Hornets a 1-0 win away at lowly Blackpool.

Wolves fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic - Danny Batth's second-half strike cancelling out Andre Bikey's opener - but Kenny Jackett's side drop from third to fourth.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

Robbie Savage

5 live Sport

"Arsenal desperately need a defensive central midfielder. Per Mertesacker was exposed and Mikel Arteta can't run - the pair of them have no pace."

Elsewhere in Europe

Liverpool's Group B rivals Real Madrid kicked off their Champions League title defence with a 5-1 win at home to Basel, Karim Benzema grabbing a late fifth for the Spanish side.

Elsewhere, Carlos Tevez scored twice as Italian champions Juventus beat Malmo 2-0 in Group A, where Olympiakos also won as they beat Atletico Madrid 3-2, on-loan Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou scoring the decisive third for the Greek side.

Two first-half goals were enough to give Zenit victory at 10-man Benfica, Monaco edged Leverkusen 1-0 and Galatasaray shared a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht.

Player reaction

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard: "We did OK but it wasn't better than OK. There's a lot to learn, we were caused problems on the counter-attack. You have to give Mario Balotelli credit, it didn't go his way for long periods but the sign of a good goalscorer is to keep going and get a chance. What's more important is his work rate.

"If we win in Basel now it puts us in a good position but we must do better."

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring a penalty
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Anina M: Yes! Not pretty but a Liverpool win! My poor nerves can't handle both weekend and midweek matches!

Demola Oke: Liverpool didn't deserve that lifeline...

Lee Pickrell: Liverpool... name on the cup, already.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

It's a bit late to ask this now - but should Arsenal have signed a big wrecking ball of a defensive midfielder? Mikel Arteta is not the answer in that role against pace.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

John Hartson

in Dortmund for 5 live Sport

"A decisive moment in the game came just before half-time, when Danny Welbeck pulled his excellent chance just wide of the post. Score that and Arsenal gain in confidence, but after that miss they just wilted. Dortmund looked much sharper in front of goal, and though it was 2-0 it could easily have been four or five, in all honesty."

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

A collective sigh of relief as Steven Gerrard once more rescues Liverpool in the Champions League. Well played Razgrad, who give that a real go.

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Into the fourth and final minute of added time...

FULL-TIME

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

John Hartson

in Dortmund for 5 live Sport

"Arsenal have been well beaten. There were 22 attempts on goal from Dortmund to Arsenal's four, and that tells the story really."

FULL-TIME

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

A dejected Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal walks off the pitch
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GOAL

Liverpool 2-1 Ludogorets Razgrad - Steven Gerrard (Pen 90 mins)

What a let-off for Liverpool! I'm not sure how much contact there was on Javi Manquillo to be honest, but Steven Gerrard slots it home with ease. His 40th goal in Europe.

Steven Gerrard scores a penalty in injury time
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Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates
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PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL

Liverpool 1-1 Ludogorets Razgrad

Incredible! Another goalkeeping error as Milan Borjan miscontrols and then trips Javi Manquillo...

Fabio Borini of Liverpool tends to Javi Manquillo of Liverpool after he was brought down for a penalty
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GOAL

Liverpool 1-1 Ludogorets Razgrad - Dani Abalo (90 mins)

Well I never! Raheem Sterling is almost in at one end and seconds later Liverpool are pegged back. Younes Hamza slides a cracking pass in behind, fellow sub Dani Abalo gets on to it, skips around Simon Mignolet and then fires into the net.

Once more a goalkeeper caught out sweeping high up the pitch. Stay on your line...

Ludogorets' Dani Abalo celebrates with teammate Mihail Aleksandrov
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Ade in Largs: Re Richard (20:06) I'm colourblind too and share your pain; the match at Anfield worst ever Champions' League gamefor me, I simply cannot tell the teams apart...

John: Mario Balotelli has done nothing all game, then comes up with that! Tonight's performance just sums him up perfectly!

William from London: I can't see many of Europe's finest being worried by a trip to Anfield this season...

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

Arsenal have done well to keep this down to 2-0. Completely undone by Dortmund tonight.

League Two update

Top-of-the-table Burton Albion now trail 3-0 at AFC Wimbledon with Adebayo Akinfenwa netting his second of the game to add to Matt Tubbs' opener.

Fifth-place Cheltenham Town suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend and look set to suffer their second at the hands of Southend. Conor Clifford has fired in a right-foot shot for the visitors at Whaddon Road and the hosts are down to ten men.

Charlie Wyke may have scored first goal of the evening in the Football League to give Hartlepool the lead against Northampton after just one minute, but they now trail 5-1 after braces for Marc Richards and Kaid Mohamed, plus a goal from Lawson D'Ath.

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal

This is as ragged a defensive display as you will see in the Champions League, but my word Dortmund have some pace in this side. Marco Reus to come in too!

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Elliott Jenkin: It is always him, to be fair...

LudaChris: Luckypool are back!

James Stevenson: Boy did Liverpool need that. No Suarez to save them now but Super Mario may just have saved them from an embarrassing result.

Liverpool 1-0 Ludogorets Razgrad

Great hit again from Mario Balotelli as he thumps a shot on target from 20 yards. The ultimate confidence player.