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VIDEO: Alexander-Arnold free kick gives Reds halftime lead in UCL

Germany Soccer Champions League

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, left, scores his side’s opening goal with a free kick during a Champions League’s qualifier first leg soccer match between 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Liverpool, in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, in Sinsheim, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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A missed penalty kick from Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric and a bungled breakaway by Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah threatened to keep Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff round match in Germany scoreless at the break.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Hoffenheim’s wall changed that on a free kick.

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Sadio Mane’s danger was evident, and the Senegalese forward won the Reds a free kick from inside 25 yards.

Alexander-Arnold curled the ball over a non-leaping edge of the wall and slipped it inside the far post to make it 1-0 Reds against the run of play.

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