Europa League - Group B
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Liverpool 2-1 Bordeaux

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Liverpool forward Christian Benteke scores against Bordeaux
The draw for the Europa League last 32 is on 14 December

Liverpool reached the last 32 of the Europa League with one game to spare after coming from behind to beat Bordeaux and go top of Group B.

Henri Saivet fired Bordeaux ahead from 16 yards after keeper Simon Mignolet conceded a needless free-kick for holding on to the ball for 20 seconds - the maximum time allowed is six.external-link

Liverpool levelled through James Milner's penalty after Christian Benteke was fouled by Ludovic Sane.

Benteke's fine finish secured victory.

The Belgium striker beat keeper Cedric Carrasso from 16 yards with a sublime shot on the turn after controlling Nathaniel Clyne's cross.

With one round of group games remaining, Liverpool, whose final match is against second-placed FC Sion in Switzerland on 10 December, are guaranteed a top-two finish.

Bordeaux, bottom of the group and without a win, cannot progress.

James Milner (centre) celebrates equalising from the penalty spot for Liverpool against Bordeaux
James Milner celebrates his equaliser, his second goal since joining the club in the summer

Six-second rule

Liverpool had to do it the hard way, Bordeaux taking the lead after Mignolet was rightly penalised by referee Alon Yefet from Israel.

According to Fifa's laws of the game,external-link an indirect free-kick is awarded if a goalkeeper controls the ball with his hands for more than six seconds before releasing it from his possession.

The Belgian held on to the ball for more than three times that, prompting the referee to award the set-play that resulted in a goal.

It was a wonderful finish by Saviet, the Senegal international curling home, despite a seven-man Liverpool wall across the six-yard line, after the ball was touched to him by Jaroslav Plasil.

Busy night for Benteke

Even before a ball had been kicked, Liverpool's night had got off to a bad start with the news striker Daniel Sturridge had suffered another injury.

Yet that setback was cushioned by an energetic performance from Benteke which included two disallowed goals, winning the penalty for the equaliser before scoring the decisive goal.

The £32.5m signing from Aston Villa in July had already had an effort ruled out for offside when he was bundled over inside the area by Sane, who was booked, just four minutes after the visitors had taken the lead.

Benteke's winner and fifth goal for the club was worthy of settling any match, the 24-year-old lashing home from just inside the area after wonderful control from Clyne's fine cross.

This was a highly encouraging performance from the powerful striker which suggests he could be a key player this season.

Man of the match - Christian Benteke

Liverpool forward Christian Benteke celebrates scoring against Bordeaux
Unsurprisingly, Christian Benteke takes the honours for his all-action performance which Bordeaux's defenders struggled to deal with. The timing of his goal, on the stroke of half-time, lifted the atmosphere after Simon Mignolet's mistake.

What they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "It was an important night for the whole team because we are in the next round. A few weeks ago we were with three points and now we have nine.

"I don't know [about Daniel Sturridge's injury]. We have to wait for some things, it's a fight again, we have to be prepared and we will be prepared.

"The atmosphere tonight was great and we really enjoyed it."

What next?

Liverpool have two Premier League games, as well as a League Cup quarter-final, before their sixth and final Group B game away to FC Sion on 10 December.

They host Swansea City on Sunday before playing Southampton away on 2 December for a semi-final place in the Capital One Cup.

The Reds then visit Newcastle in the league on 6 December ahead of the trip to Switzerland to play Sion.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 4K Touré
  • 6Lovren
  • 18Moreno
  • 7Milner
  • 21LeivaBooked at 60mins
  • 24AllenSubstituted forCanat 67'minutes
  • 33IbeBooked at 62minsSubstituted forOrigiat 90+2'minutes
  • 9BentekeBooked at 85mins
  • 11FirminoSubstituted forLallanaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 20Lallana
  • 23Can
  • 27Origi
  • 32Brannagan
  • 34Bogdan
  • 37Skrtel
  • 56Randall

Bordeaux

  • 16Carrasso
  • 17Biyogo Poko
  • 21Yambéré
  • 6SaneBooked at 37mins
  • 3ContentoBooked at 88mins
  • 9Rolan
  • 18PlasilSubstituted forOunasat 84'minutes
  • 10Saivet
  • 11Chantôme
  • 20Ferreira VieiraSubstituted forMaurice-Belayat 76'minutes
  • 27CrivelliSubstituted forDiabatéat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Traoré
  • 14Diabaté
  • 19Maurice-Belay
  • 26Guilbert
  • 29Poundje
  • 30Prior
  • 37Ounas
Referee:
Alon Yefet
Attendance:
42,525

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamBordeaux
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home23
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Bordeaux 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cédric Yambéré (Bordeaux) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Clément Chantôme (Bordeaux) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).

  6. Post update

    Cédric Yambéré (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Contento (Bordeaux) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Jordon Ibe.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Henri Saivet (Bordeaux) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  11. Post update

    Diego Rolan (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

  13. Post update

    Diego Contento (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

  15. Post update

    Clément Chantôme (Bordeaux) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

  17. Booking

    Diego Contento (Bordeaux) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Clément Chantôme (Bordeaux).

  19. Post update

    Christian Benteke (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Booking

    Christian Benteke (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 26th November 2015

  • FK QarabagFK Qarabag0TottenhamTottenham Hotspur1
  • CelticCeltic1AjaxAjax2
  • LiverpoolLiverpool2BordeauxBordeaux1
  • Rubin KazanRubin Kazan2FC SionFC Sion0
  • FK KrasnodarFK Krasnodar1B DortmundBorussia Dortmund0
  • Dinamo MinskDinamo Minsk1Viktoria PlzenViktoria Plzen0
  • MonacoMonaco0AnderlechtRSC Anderlecht2
  • SchalkeFC Schalke 041Apoel NicosiaApoel Nicosia0
  • Sparta PragueSparta Prague1Asteras TripolisAsteras Tripolis0
  • AZ AlkmaarAZ Alkmaar1Partizan BelgradePartizan Belgrade2
  • AugsburgFC Augsburg2Ath BilbaoAthletic Bilbao3
  • LazioLazio3DnipropetrovskDnipropetrovsk1

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde531196310
2Fenerbahçe52216518
3Ajax51315506
4Celtic5023711-42

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool52306429
2FC Sion52215508
3Rubin Kazan51224405
4Bordeaux503235-23

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar531164210
2B Dortmund5311104610
3PAOK Salonika504123-14
4FK Qabala502329-72

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli55001711615
2FC Midtjylland5203511-66
3Club Bruges5113310-74
4Legia Warsaw511325-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal540193612
2Rapid Vienna540185312
3Viktoria Plzen510457-23
4Dinamo Minsk510429-73

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga540174312
2Marseille53028539
3Slovan Liberec52124407
4FC Groningen501428-61

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio5410125713
2Saint-Étienne52219638
3Dnipropetrovsk511338-54
4Rosenborg502349-52

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas52306339
2Lokomotiv Moscow52219728
3Sporting5212111017
4Skenderbeu5104410-63

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel531195410
2Fiorentina521210647
3Lech Poznan512225-35
4Belenenses512227-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham531185310
2Anderlecht52126517
3Monaco513145-16
4FK Qarabag511336-34

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke5320113811
2Sparta Prague52307439
3Asteras Tripolis511348-44
4Apoel Nicosia510429-73

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao5401146812
2Partizan Belgrade5302911-29
3Augsburg5203910-16
4AZ Alkmaar5104611-53
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