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Pavkov’s early double sinks Liverpool in Serbia

Crvena Zvezda v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Group C

BELGRADE, SERBIA - NOVEMBER 06: Milan Pavkov (L) of Crvena Zvezda competes for the ball against Virgil Van Dijk (R) of Liverpool during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 06, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

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  • Reds outshoot hosts 23-10
  • Have 72 percent possession
  • Pavkov scores twice

This didn’t go well for Liverpool.

Two goals in the first half hour were enough for hosts Red Star Belgrade, who topped Liverpool 2-0 in UEFA Champions League play at Rajko Mitić Stadium on Tuesday.

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Milan Pavkov scored twice in seven minutes including a remarkable rip while being bodied by Georginio Wijnaldum to give Red Star four points on the campaign, two fewer than leaders Liverpool with two matches to play. From the BBC:

“You can’t give teams the start, the crowd is big for them and it’s been a long time since they’ve been in the Champions League,” said James Milner after the game. “Napoli found it tough when they came here and we knew it was going to be a tough place to come.”

The Reds will go beneath PSG or Napoli should one of them win their match in Italy, but will still lead the group if the two draw.

Liverpool travels to PSG on Nov. 28 and is home to Napoli on Dec. 11.

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