CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool – REPORT

Liverpool’s Champions League hopes are still alive despite conceding a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Ludogorets.

Ludogorets 2-2 Liverpool - REPORT

The Reds had lost four games on the spin heading to Bulgaria and looked in big trouble when a Simon Mignolet clanger gifted Dani Abalo a tap-in after just three minutes.

The travelling support would have feared the worst at that point but were soon breathing a huge sigh of relief when Rickie Lambert headed home his own flick-on after some woefully hesitant defending by the hosts.

Brendan Rodgers’ side endured more nervy moments soon after with Mignolet almost caught out again from a right-wing free kick while Kolo Toure came close to putting through his own net. It was a real test of character for Liverpool but they dug in and stole in front eight minutes before the interval when the returning Jordan Henderson steered in at the far post after a delightful run and cross from Raheem Sterling.

The teenage England winger was the away side’s greatest threat but blew a chance to seal victory late on – and it proved costly as Georgi Terziev’s header two minutes from time rescued a point for the minnows.

The result means Liverpool just need to beat Basel at Anfield on matchday six to join Real Madrid in the knockout stages after the Spanish giants won 1-0 in Switzerland.

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