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Half-Time Report: James Milner, Christian Benteke hand Liverpool advantage

Christian Benteke gives Liverpool a 2-1 lead over Bordeaux on the stroke of half time in their Europa League tie at Anfield.

Christian Benteke's fearsome strike on the stroke of half time has given Liverpool a 2-1 lead over Bordeaux in the Europa League.

Christian Benteke of Liverpool shoots past Henri Saivet of Bordeaux as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Liverpool FC and FC Girondins de Bordeaux at Anfield on November 26, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.© Getty Images

Roberto Firmino wriggled free of the Bordeaux back four early on, but scuffed his volley as it bobbled harmlessly into the hands of Cedric Carrasso.

Clement Chantome then almost caught Simon Mignolet off his goal line, but Kolo Toure made a crucial block.

Henri Saivet had the opportunity to test Mignolet with a free kick from just outside the area in the 20th minute, but the midfielder blasted his effort into the wall and then sliced the follow-up high and wide.

Benteke broke the offside trap a few moments later, but he rushed his half-volley and it whizzed past the near post.

The forward did have the ball in the back of the net in the 29th minute, but his coolly taken finish was ruled out for offside.

Bordeaux's French forward Henri Saivet (2L) scores during a UEFA Europa League group B football match between Liverpool and Bordeaux at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England, on November 26, 2015© Getty Images

Bordeaux went ahead after 33 minutes when Mignolet was penalised for holding on to the ball for too long, and Saivet dispatched the resultant free kick into the top corner.

Captain James Milner levelled from the spot for Liverpool five minutes later though after Benteke was hauled down by Lamine Sane.

Benteke then put the Reds ahead with the last kick of the half as he span away from his marker before firing a powerful shot beyond Carrasso.

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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
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11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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