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.