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Result: Liverpool into last 32 after scrappy win over Bordeaux

Liverpool reach the last 32 of the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux thanks to late first-half goals from James Milner and Christian Benteke.

Liverpool came from behind to beat Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield this evening and seal their place in the knockout phase of the Europa League with a game to spare.

Christian Benteke of Liverpool celebrates 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.

Christian Benteke sent a half-volley hurtling past the near post before finding 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 Henri 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, and the Belgian striker then put the Reds ahead with the last kick of the first half as he span away from his marker before firing a powerful shot beyond Carrasso.

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

Jurgen Klopp's side emerged in the second half with a much better tempo and Benteke should have extended Liverpool's lead, but he leaned back and fired his shot over the bar after being found by Firmino's cut-back from the byline.

Benteke continued to be involved in the thick of the action as he slammed Milner's cross into the roof of the net, but play was pulled back for a foul on Sane in the build-up.

It was then the turn of Jordon Ibe to be wasteful, as the youngster blasted a one-on-one chance at the legs of Carrasso.

The game entered a lull as the second half wore on, although Milner rattled a shot into the side-netting after being found by Emre Can.

Bordeaux had three late chances to level, but Nicolas Maurice-Belay and Diego Contento both fired over the bar from inside the area before Saivet's injury-time free kick was parried to safety by Mignolet.

The win moves Liverpool ahead of Sion at the top of Group B, with the Swiss side losing 2-0 at Rubin Kazan earlier in the evening.

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1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
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10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
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12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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