UEFA Champions League
6 November 2018
Game week
2 - 0
2 - 0
Stadion Rajko Mitić (Beograd)


M. Pavkov (G) 22' (assist by: M. Marin)
1 - 0
M. Pavkov (G) 29' (assist by: M. Marin)*
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Thanks for tuning into our live coverage of what proved to be a thoroughly entertaining game. Until next time, goodbye!
Liverpool were off the pace throughout and can have few complaints about the defeat. It could prove to be a damaging one too, as a win for either Napoli or PSG in the later game will see the Reds drop down to second place ahead of what has turned into a must-win meeting with the Parisiens.
90'+5 Liverpool desperately pile bodies forward on one final attacking move, but Milner's cross towards Van Dijk is overhit and sails comfortably into the hands of Borjan. That should be that.
90'+4 What a chance for Salah! A looping cross isn't dealt with by Rodic and drops down to the forward, who quickly unleashes a low strike that Borjan does really well to keep out with a diving save.
90'+2 Van Dijk, effectively playing as a centre-forward at the moment, tries to latch on to a pass from Origi in front of goal but is unable to do so, allowing the ball to bounce through to Borjan. Surely there's no way back into this game for Liverpool now?
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
89' Once again, Liverpool launch a long throw into the Red Star box, but the home side clear the danger with very few problems. It was Savic who rose high, continuing the excellent game he's had up until now.
87' Robertson is the latest Liverpool player to sprint forward before sending a cross into the heart of the penalty area. It's only cleared as far as Wijnaldum, who shoots but has his tame effort easily blocked.
85' Firmino is left alone on the right-hand side of the Red Star box and quickly chips a cross over to the far post. Van Dijk manages to get his head on the ball, but a looping effort clears both Borjan's outstretched limbs and the top of the crossbar.
84' A Liverpool free kick is fired up towards the edge of the penalty area, where Borjan rushes out and confidently punches the ball away from danger. It just isn't working for Liverpool, who are running out of time...
81' Mane bursts down the right flank and manages to keep the ball in play. He then tries to win his side a corner, but Rodic does really well to stop the ball from bouncing behind and instead blasts it out for a throw in.
79' Origi has come on to replace Lallana in a late, attacking change for Liverpool.
78' Red Star just about hold on! A looping cross is fired into the hosts' box and manages to pick out Salah. The Egyptian looks set to test Borjan, but Rodic is just about able to clear the danger at the vital moment.
76' A Liverpool attacking move comes to an end and Red Star push forward on a rare counter-attack. Gobeljic charges down the left wing before sending the ball over to Srnic, who tries to find Gobeljic once again with a looping cross but can't quite tee him up at the far post.
74' Liverpool win themselves another corner, and this time it manages to find a target in front of goal. It's Matip who rises high and latches on to the ball, but his headed effort is poor and sails well wide.
73' The home side have made their third and final substitution, with Krsticic making way for Jovicic.
70' Chance for Salah! The forward peels off his marker and latches on to a pass from Matip. He spins and unleashes a shot from 20 yards out, but Borjan does really well to palm it behind for a corner.
68' Unlike during the first half, Red Star seem content to sit back and soak up the pressure before hitting Liverpool on counter-attacks. So far, so good for the visitors, who haven't look like conceding since the start of the game.
66' Poor from Salah! Space opens up for the Egyptian and allows him to burst towards the penalty area. He then tries to tee up Firmino, but he's too slow in doing so and is dispossessed by Savic.
64' Red Star have made their second alteration of the evening, with Causic coming on to take the place of Marin.
63' Degenek does well to break down another Liverpool attack and send the ball behind for a corner. Salah tries to catch out Borjan with a curling shot from the set-piece, but it's poorly executed and flies into the side-netting.
61' Liverpool patiently work the ball around as they try to find a way through the Red Star back line. Milner eventually swings a cross into the penalty area, but it's easily collected by Borjan in the middle of the box.
59' Stojkovic won't be able to continue, and he's forced off to be replaced by Gobeljic.
55' Robertson hits the crossbar! The Scot gets himself into a good position once again and curls a deflected cross on to the woodwork. The ball then drops to Firmino, who tries to cut a pass back to a team-mate but can't quite find anyone.
53' Space opens up for Firmino, who breaks towards the box before setting up Robertson. The full-back quickly crosses, but his pass is easily closed down and cleared away from danger.
49' Great block by Rodic! Firmino gets involved in the game for the first time and sends a deflected cross over to Mane. The Senegalese immediately shoots from close range but Rodic is there to stop the effort from troubling Borjan.
47' It's a poor start to the second half from Liverpool, who are immediately put under pressure. The ball pinballs around the penalty area and looks to strike the hand of Milner on its way out of play, but the referee doesn't see anything and allows play to go on.
46' We're underway once again!
And the second is Gomez, with Alexander-Arnold making way.
It hasn't worked for Liverpool so far, so it's no surprise they've decided to make a double change. The first player to come on is Firmino, who replaces Sturridge up front.
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half.
As for Red Star, they've thoroughly impressed all over the pitch and deserve to be ahead. Milojevic's decision to go with an attack-minded line-up could have backfired but has instead frustrated Liverpool, who have more often than not found themselves on the back foot.
Things really aren't going to plan for Liverpool, who headed into tonight's game as the favourites to leave with another comfortable victory but find themselves two goals down at the break. They've been passive at the back and toothless up front, leaving them with a lot of work to do if they're to have any hope of getting back into this contest.
45'+1 Matip picks up the ball on the halfway line and immediately blasts an overhit pass straight past Sturridge and into the hands of Borjan. Klopp has plenty of sorting out to do during the half-time break.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
44' Mane is caught late by Savic and wins Liverpool a free kick. They're unable to do much with the set-piece, though, as a well-organised Red Star defence stops them from making it into the penalty area.
42' This time it's Milner who makes progress down the right flank before trying to find a way into the Red Star box, but he's unable to do so and Liverpool have to start all over again. It's proving to be a frustrating night for the visitors.
40' Mane cuts inside from out wide and chips a cross into the heart of the penalty area. Lallana tries to latch on to the ball, but it's sent too near to Borjan and the goalkeeper is easily able to cut out the danger.
38' Red Star push forward once again, and this time it's Milner who commits a foul and presents the home side with another free kick. It's quickly sent down the right wing and towards Stojkovic, whose curling cross is just about dealt with by Van Dijk at the near post.
36' The visitors lose possession and allow Red Star to quickly counter-attack. The move is immediately brought to an end, though, as Lallana receives a yellow card for a wild sliding challenge on Marin.
35' Sturridge heads towards the edge of the Red Star penalty area as Liverpool push forward once again. He gets himself into a good position and shoots, but his effort is poorly executed and fails to test Borjan. Alexander-Arnold was in acres of space to the striker's right and really should have been fed.
33' Lallana goes close! Another Liverpool corner fails to find anyone in front of goal before a cross is quickly whipped back into the box. Lallana then unleashes a diving header, but it's deflected just a yard or so wide of the near post.
31' Liverpool push forward from the restart and win themselves a corner. It's fired into the box and out to Salah, who immediately shoots but fires a poor effort high and wide of its intended target.
29' Once again, Marin played an important role in another impressive attacking move. Liverpool were really poor defensively, though, and it's left Klopp looking understandably bemused over on the touchline.
GOAL! What a strike by Pavkov! Liverpool clumsily lose possession, allowing the striker to muscle his way forward. He easily shrugs off Wijnaldum on his way forward and then unleashes a brilliant, 25-yard shot that flies past Alisson and into the top corner of the net.
28' Liverpool have look rattled since Red Star took the lead, and they're struggling to get into the game. Mane has done well over on the left flank but they're finding it difficult to get Sturridge and Salah involved in advanced areas.
26' Red Star break forward on another impressive, direct attacking move, and it results in yet another corner after Matip is forced to head the ball behind. Marin's cross is too deep this time, though, and it fails to find anyone inside the penalty area.
24' Liverpool quickly push forward from the restart and try to carve out an immediate chance on goal, but Salah takes slightly too long to get a shot away from the edge of the box and his eventual effort is easily blocked.
22' Marin has impressed with his crossing so far and did a great job to put the ball on a plate for Pavkov. Liverpool will be disappointed with their defending, though, as they really should have closed down the striker much better.
GOAL! Red Star have taken the lead! A wonderful corner is fired in by Marin and perfectly picks out Pavkov, who rises high above his marker and easily beats Alisson with a bullet header to make it 1-0.
21' Thumping strike by Ben Nabouhane! Van Dijk isn't able to clear the danger with a poor header and sends it straight to Ben Nabouhane, who then unleashes a rocket of a half-volley that Alisson does really well to tip behind for a corner.
20' The corner is whipped into the penalty area by Salah but fails to find a team-mate in front of goal. Milner then latches on to the ball out wide, but he commits a foul in the process and Liverpool are unable to carve out a chance.
19' Mane has certainly been Liverpool's most dangerous player so far. He makes another clever run down the wing before setting up Sturridge, who spins and unleashes a shot that deflects behind for a corner.
15' Chance for Savic! Another Red Star corner causes problems for Liverpool and manages to fall to Savic. The captain spins quickly and shoots, but he puts slightly too much power behind his strike and fires it a few yards wide of the far post.
14' It's been a positive start to the game from Red Star, who certainly aren't afraid of piling bodies forward. They embark on another good attacking move before winning themselves a corner, but once again Liverpool are able to clear the danger.
12' Salah does well to keep the ball in play deep down the left wing before firing a looping cross into the box. It brushes the head of Sturridge on its way to Alexander-Arnold, who shoots first time but fails to test Borjan.
10' Marin gets himself into a good position over on the left flank, where he cuts into the penalty area and takes on Alexander-Arnold. He manages to carve out a pocket of space for himself and shoots, but his low effort is underhit and rolls safely into the hands of Alisson.
8' A lofted pass is fired over the top of the hosts' back line and towards Mane. The Senegalese bursts into the box and cuts a bouncing pass back to Milner, who shoots first time but sends a wild strike high over the crossbar.
7' Lallana commits a foul on the halfway line and Red Star are presented with a free kick. It's sent short and eventually worked over to Srnic, who tries to get the better of Alexander-Arnold but loses out to the full-back.
5' With just five minutes on the clock, Marin has already been shown a yellow card. The former Chelsea man wasn't at all happy with a decision that went against him, and he ended up talking himself into an early booking.
3' After an even start to the game, it's the home side who push forward on the first attack and win themselves an early corner. Marin steps up and sends in a cross that's only cleared as far as Krsticic, who then stabs a half-hearted effort well wide of the goal.
1' We're off! It's Liverpool who get us underway.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made four alterations to the team that featured two weeks ago, with Gomez, Fabinho, Shaqiri and Firmino making way for Matip, Milner, Lallana and Sturridge, respectively.
Vladan Milojevic has decided to make five changes to the Red Star side that took to the field at Anfield, with Savic, Rodic, Jovancic, Marin and Pavkov all coming into the starting line-up.
Liverpool substitutes: Fabinho, Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi.
Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana; Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane.
Red Star Belgrade substitutes: Zoran Popovic, Branko Jovicic, Srdjan Babic, Nikola Stojiljkovic, Goran Causic, Veljko Simic, Marko Gobeljic.
Red Star Belgrade XI (4-2-3-1): Milan Borjan; Filip Stojkovic, Vujadin Savic, Milos Degenek, Milan Rodic; Nenad Krsticic, Dusan Jovancic; Slavoljub Srnic, Marko Marin, Ben Nabouhane; Milan Pavkov.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up today…
Despite an intense workout against Arsenal on the weekend, Jurgen Klopp has still brought a strong side to Belgrade, although one player who won’t be featuring this evening is Xherdan Shaqiri. The winger has been omitted from the squad due to the reception he might receive from Serbian supporters given his Kosovar Albanian heritage and the controversial celebration he made at this summer's World Cup.
Another win for Liverpool would result in them booking their place in the last 16 if they beat Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the month, and they’re certainly the favourites to leave the Rajko Milic victorious. Red Star didn’t put up much of a fight at Anfield, where they conceded four goals without reply to take their tally up to 10 from three games.
A comfortable and comprehensive victory the last time these two sides met means Liverpool currently lead the way in Group C, but only just. The Reds fell to a last-gasp defeat against Napoli last month but took advantage of the Italian side’s draw with their win two weeks ago, and it means they have the chance to cement their place at the top with three more points tonight.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s Champions League group stage game between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at the Stadio Rajko Milic.


V. van Dijk
G. Wijnaldum
M. Degenek
J. Milner
N. Krstičić
M. Pavkov
S. Mané
Mohamed Salah
S. Srnić
D. Sturridge
M. Marin
A. Lallana
M. Rodić
A. Robertson
D. Jovančić
F. Stojković
E. Ben Nabouhane
J. Matip
T. Alexander-Arnold
M. Borjan
V. Savić

Additional info

Antonio Mateu
Pau Cebrián
Fourth official
Diego Barbero

Match Stats

Crvena Zvezda Liverpool
21 Attacks (Dangerous) 58
5 Corners 9
7 Fouls 8
13 Free Kicks 7
16 Goal Kicks 5
0 Offsides 4
2 Shots (blocked) 2
2 Shots (off target) 8
2 Shots (on target) 8
0 Shots (woodwork) 2
14 Throw Ins 38

Super Liga table

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P

Stadion Rajko Mitić

Stadion Rajko Mitić