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WATCH: Firmino puts Liverpool ahead of Red Star Belgrade

Britain Soccer Champions League

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Red Star Belgrade butchered a surprise chance to go ahead at Anfield, and the hosts made them pay within moments.

Roberto Firmino reaped the rewards of a fine set-up by Xherdan Shaqiri and Andy Robertson, and Liverpool opened up a 1-0 lead in their UEFA Champions League match against the Serbian powers.

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Shaqiri starts the play with an interceptions, then playing an inch-perfect pass into the box for Robertson.

The Liverpool left back cuts a ball toward the spot, and Firmino takes a touch before his slightly-deflected shot wrong foots Canadian keeper Milan Borjan to put the Reds on top.

A win guarantees Liverpool a spot in Group C’s Top Two at the midpoint of the group stage.

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