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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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool35277179205988
2Manchester CityMan City34282487226586
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs352311165353070
4Chelsea35207859382167
5Arsenal34206868432566
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd34197863481564
7Watford35148135050050
8Everton35147145044649
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12Crystal Palace35126174348-542
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35118163544-941
14Bournemouth35125184962-1341
15Burnley35117174462-1840
16Southampton35910164158-1737
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton3597193254-2234
18Cardiff CityCardiff3594223065-3531
RFulham3565243376-4323
RHuddersfield TownHuddersfield3535272069-4914

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