Christian Benteke’s brilliant strike saw Liverpool beat Bordeaux 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a match...
Christian Benteke’s brilliant strike saw Liverpool beat Bordeaux 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a match to spare.
The Belgium international’s goal in first-half added time proved decisive after James Milner’s earlier penalty had spared the blushes of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, whose needlessly-conceded free-kick for time-wasting had allowed Henri Saivet to score.
Ivorian defender Kolo Toure was on for the whole duration of the game and made a decisive block in the 13th minutes to deny Clement Chantome from shooting into an empty net.
In addition to his goal Benteke had a further two ruled out but ultimately his contribution was enough to send the Reds to Switzerland next month needing only a point against Sion to top Group B, although their place in the next round is already guaranteed after Rubin Kazan’s win over the Swiss.