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Summary

  1. Lallana replaces Balotelli at break
  2. Ronaldo's 70th Champions League goal
  3. Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal
  4. Gibbs and Podolski score late on

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Real keep on going then - but they come up against Barcelona and Luis Suarez on Saturday afternoon.

Join us for live text commentary, the game kicks off at 17:00 BST.

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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Abhinav Singh Jamwal: Why blame Mario? Did he miss open goals? Poor guy hardly got any service but people still blame him and hail Rodgers.

Ikenna Onyia: There is nothing wrong in swapping shirts. Why is it that it's the team losing that always complains about swapping shirts.

Ben Lawrence: Balotelli not a scapegoat for goals but his contribution. Poor decision making is wasting Liverpool's possession.

Player reaction

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casilas: "We have to keep on this run of winning, winning and winning. The biggest positive we can take is that we are comfortable playing in any system.

"We know that we have a great team and that is going to keep us going until the end of every game."

Manager reaction

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

BBC Radio 5 live

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on BBC Radio 5 live: "In the last five minutes in the Champions League the nerves play a part and we had to get into these five minutes without conceding a second goal.

"I had hope, it maybe didn't look like it, but it happened. It's a little bit of a gambling situation in these games and it worked.

"I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't create more chances than we did but Anderlecht played well."

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Brendan Rodgers will be getting peppered with questions right now about Mario Balotelli. He's always the story...

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Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Dan in Malvern: Arsenal fans are always showing their class these days; when we're winning then it's because Wenger bought a great player and is an amazing coach. When we're losing he's a useless has-been that is simply an accountant masquerading as a football manager.

Wanna know what happens when a club loses a long term manager? Go look at United. All top hat and no trousers, no Europe and a hefty amount of pressure to finish in the top four or else they'll lose most of their sponsors.

Dim in London: Cue the flood of 'Wenger is a genius' messages. Fickle fans.

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

It was interesting to hear Carlo Ancelotti say that he knows he is lucky to manage this group of Real Madrid players. How long will he be in charge for though? The lifespan at the Bernabeu tends to be very short but Ancelotti seems to press all of the right buttons.

Could he retain the Champions League? It will take some team to stop him.

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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Duncan in Richmond: The irony of Liverpool's group is that it is made up of Real Madrid and three very poor teams, Liverpool will probably still progress and then in the knockout stages who knows.

Kevin in Bradford: Ludogorets beat Basel. That could've saved Liverpool's Champions League season.

Mike in Manchester: Notice how Gerrard tells Arbeloa, not yet, we swap shirts off the field. Take note Balotelli.

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Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Ieuan Yusuf-George: Sanchez shaking his head at full time while others look delighted. He's right. Enough of celebrating mediocrity.

Stavros Makrozachopo: This win is a curse in disguise for Arsenal. No doubt about that.

Player reaction

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Kieran Gibbs
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Arsenal defender and goalscorer Kieran Gibbs: "It (the win) was massive. We didn't give up and we have made a statement of what we want to do.

"We controlled quite a lot of the game and the final ball was letting us down. That was frustrating for us but we had to keep going and we got the rewards.

"We are determined to do well as a team and everybody is fighting for each other. We have another big game in two days and we have to focus on that now.

"The boys all give 100% for the team. Some days it happens and other days it doesn't, but we stay professional."

Who's next?

Next up in Europe for Liverpool is a trip to Real Madrid in 4 November, while Arsenal host Anderlecht on the same night.

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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Bill Smith: Despite all the moaning, groaning and gloating Liverpool are still well in the race for the only realistic place in the group - second.

Tom Fysh: Get Jamie Carragher back to Liverpool as a defensive coach. Cannot defend set pieces at all.

Footyographer: Liverpool now know it's no small feat to juggle both European and domestic games together. They aren't finding it easy!

Manager reaction

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti: "I think so, it was the best we have played all season. We were fantastic in the first half and then controlled the game. I had to say nothing to the players, they played really well.

"I am lucky to manage this group of players.

"We defended well in the first 20 minutes when Liverpool played with good intensity. It was all over at half-time. I forgot about Istanbul! But football, anything can happen."

Manager reaction

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We looked to control the game in the first half. In the second half we opened up and defensively got caught.

"The crucial point was when we were 1-0 down and they couldn't take advantage with the chance for the second goal.

"It (the win) was vital for us to have a chance to qualify. We are in a strong position now. It's down to us now. Win our home games and we are through.

"It's a frustrating part of our job to fight for the final seconds. We know in the Champions League many goals are scored in the final five minutes.

"When you have the ball and you don't score or win the games the confidence drops so it was important for us to win.

"The group is in our hands. Let's first qualify and see how far we can go."

Manager reaction

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli
Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Mario Balotelli swapping shirts at half-time:

"It's the first I've heard of it but I don't like that. It's something that doesn't happen here, it shouldn't happen here.

"We had a case of a player doing that last season which I dealt with and if that's the case again I'll deal with it again."

So what did Brendan Rodgers make of Mario Balotelli swapping shirts at the break then?

Manager reaction

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Brendan Rodgers looks on
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "The first 22 minutes of the game we were excellent but from the first goal to half time Real Madrid showed their real quality.

"They were terrific. Second half we played for pride and we were outstanding, the players kept going, they didn't stop. We defended poorly but I can't ask any more.

"You can see Real's quality. Speed, technique; you can see why they are champions. The second and third goals are from set-pieces again, it's an issue for us and we have to be better than that."

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Liverpool's defending for Real Madrid's third goal gets worse every time you see it. QPR caused havoc with long balls into the box on Sunday and now they can't seem to win a header for love nor money.

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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Jacob Bridgwater: Balotelli's future seems obvious to me if Rodgers would rather continue a game 0-3 down at home without a striker.

Dave Williams: Time for Rogers to accept he needs somebody on staff who can organise a defence. Recurring problem.

Lewis Smith: Did Liverpool fans actually think they had a sniff in this game? Rodgers has no experience at this level and no strikers.

Player reaction

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Cristiano ROnaldo
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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo: "It was special, my first goal at Anfield and I am very happy. Amazing.

"We knew that Anfield is a difficult place but we were fantastic in the first 45 minutes and we deserved to win. I'm not worried about the Champions League goalscoring record. I know I will beat it. Me and Lionel Messi are very close. The best thing is that the team has nine points.

"Can we retain the cup? Why not? We are taking it step-by-step but we are going to try. We know it will be tough but we are positive and it is possible."

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Fans stream out of Anfield into the Liverpool night. I don't think many Liverpool fans had any illusions about the size of their task tonight - bar maybe Graeme Souness - but that first-half spell was still pretty chastening.

Real Madrid are champions of Europe for a reason.

Champions League latest

Yordan Minev celebrates after scoring
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Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets are now level on points with Liverpool in Group B after a late goal against 10-man Basel gives them a 1-0 win. Defender Yordan Minev is the hero of the hour.

It's 5-0 to Atletico as substitute Alessio Cerci gets their final goal against Malmo.

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live in Anderlecht

"If Arsenal had have lost tonight the knives would have been out for Arsene Wenger.

"In these games you have to play to the final whistle. As I said before, the young players do lose concentration and that is when the quality shines through.

"The character and spirit in the team is obviously there. But for 80 minutes I was thinking it was a poor performance and I couldn't understand the substitution of Danny Welbeck.

"Arsenal were very lucky in the end because they didn't create that much. I think the chance for Vanden Borre five minutes from the end was the real turning point."

Real Madrid - with a perfect nine points - are six points clear of the chasing pack in Group B, while Arsenal are now sitting pretty in second in Group D behind leaders Dortmund.

Champions League latest

Adrian Ramos celebrates
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Things keep getting better for Arsenal with Galatasaray on the wrong end of a 4-0 thumping by Borussia Dortmund as Adrian Ramos continues his bright start to the season since signing from Hertha Berlin by coming off the bench to score after less than a minute on the pitch.

And Atletico Madrid are also 4-0 up against Malmo with captain Diego Godin claiming a late goal, heading in from a corner.

FULL-TIME

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Mohamed Gaafar [21:21] - you owe us a rewrite. The Arsenal shambles ends with a barely believable win...

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid players at full-time
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More shirt swapping now as the European champions teach Liverpool a lesson or two...

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal have been pretty average tonight - but what a few minutes to end Arsene Wenger's 65th birthday...

GOAL

Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal - Lukas Podolski (90 mins)

Lukas Podolski scores the winning goal
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Lukas Podolski celebrates with teammates
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It's safe to say that this was not on the cards! Arsenal have found a win from the very edge of defeat in Brussels! Substitute Lukas Podolski has it, smashing home into the roof of the net from six yards out after the Anderlecht defence capitulated. Shocking defending, but as Alexis Sanchez kept the ball alive Podolski put his foot through it and laced it into the net.

GOAL

Anderlecht 1-1 Arsenal - Kieran Gibbs (89 mins)

Kieran Gibbs celebrates
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Wow! What technique this is, Robin van Persie would be proud of that one! Calum Chambers crosses from the right, it's deep and over the strikers but Kieran Gibbs runs on to it and provides a classic finish. Side-footed volley, doesn't try and lash at it, just guides the ball back across goal and into the corner. A really well-taken goal indeed. A salvage act.

FINAL FIVE

Five minutes to go - and the Premier League are 4-0 down. What's going wrong?

Anderlecht 1-0 Arsenal

Phil Neville

BBC Radio 5 live in Anderlecht

"A defeat tonight wouldn't be a complete disaster. They still have time to recover in the group. But they don't want to have to go to Galatasaray needing a draw in the last game, let alone a win. It's a intimidating place to go."

GREAT SAVE!

Anderlecht 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal are a mess. And they should be out of this one once and for all as sub Matias Suarez runs through and is well kept out by Emiliano Martinez, before the Arsenal keeper then makes another good save from Andy Najar.

Not the birthday Arsene Wenger would have wanted so far.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

BBC Radio 5 live

Mario Balotelli
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Mark Pougatch is joined by Phil Neville and Robbie Savage on 5 live's football social this evening and that man Mario Balotelli is dominating all the news from Anfield after he swapped his shirt at half-time with Real Madrid defender Pepe.

Also, after a less than convincing performance from Arsenal against Anderlecht, what would you like to give Arsene Wenger today as he celebrates his 65th birthday.

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CLOSE!

Anderlecht 1-0 Arsenal

Everything but the goal from Alexis Sanchez tonight. The Arsenal man has been a class above his team-mates and curls a free-kick into the side-netting from 20 yards. Very, very close!

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Anderlecht 1-0 Arsenal

Mohamed Gaafar: Shambles from AFC. No point in getting through to the next round. 4-1-4-1 doesn't work. Wenger unable to adapt when needed.

Adam Palethorpe: What do the board see in Wenger other from an accountant? There's sense and then there's the board. Do they watch our games?

HITS THE WOODWORK

Anderlecht 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal could be toasted here! They are all over the shop at the back as the Belgians pick a way through, it runs into the path of right-back Anthony Vanden Borre, whose contact is horrible but it still bobbles up against the crossbar. Big let-off for Arsene Wenger.

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid

Toni Kroos
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It's just occurred to me that Dejan Lovren cost the same amount of money as Toni Kroos this summer. Great shopping from Real Madrid. Kroos is a class act.

Anderlecht 1-0 Arsenal

There's been little in the way of a response from Arsenal since they went a goal down, Danny Welbeck has come off though with Joel Campbell on in his place. Arsenal have 13 minutes to find an equaliser.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid - Ronaldo off

Cristiano Ronaldo is substituted
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Cristiano Ronaldo won't break any records tonight. He's given 15 minutes off as Sami Khedira gets a rare run-out, with a few Liverpool fans applauding him off. Rest your bones for El Clasico.