Red Star upsets Liverpool in Champions League

Silvia Morton
November 8, 2018

"We need to move on and improve if we are going to go through to the knockout stages".

Monaco, a semifinalist in 2017, slumped to a 4-0 home loss to Club Brugge, who registered their first win in Group A.

And Red Star doubled their lead just seven minutes later when Pavkov bagged his second with a superb strike from 25 yards out which Alisson may feel he could have done better with.

Back then, eastern European teams were genuine contenders for club football's biggest prize - Steaua Bucharest of Romania were European champions in 1986 - and Red Star had some of the world's best players like Robert Prosinecki and Dejan Savicevic. The other two were Manchester United in 2005/06 who despite finishing second, were very much in a slump as they transitioned from the Roy Keane era towards a younger squad, and Chelsea in 2012/13, who having inexplicably won the Champions League the previous year under Roberto Di Matteo were in a state of drift domestically. Subs: Gobeljic 6, Causic 6, Jovicic 6.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner told United Kingdom broadcaster BT Sport that Liverpool had problems "all over the field" in the first half and never properly recovered.

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Almost three decades on, Red Star don't have a household name in their squad and needed to qualify for the group stage through the playoffs.

The Reds lost 2-0 in their Champions League clash against Red Star yesterday. The visitors give possession away cheaply once more and they are in deep trouble now. Lallana sees a goal-bound header deflect just wide after he had arrived late in the box to meet a right-wing cross.

Liverpool will embark on a trip to Belgrade, as they gear up to take on Serbian outfit Crvena Zvezda in their Group C encounter of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League at the Rajko Mitic Stadium on Tuesday night. Firmino drifts to the left byline and fires in a cross that Mane can't get enough on to stab home from close range.

Left-back Andy Robertson, playing nearly as an out-and-out winger after the break, saw a cross deflected on to the top of the crossbar, while Salah finally forced a save out of Milan Borjan, hitting a post with his next effort.

When Sturridge's right-footed shot on the turn deflected for a corner, the tide turned as the hosts turned the screw.

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