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Liverpool survive missed penalty to win in Hoffenheim

Soccer Football - Champions League - Hoffenheim vs Liverpool - Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - Sinsheim, Germany - August 15, 2017 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Soccer Football - Champions League - Hoffenheim vs Liverpool - Qualifying Play-Off First Leg - Sinsheim, Germany - August 15, 2017 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

BERNE (Reuters) - Liverpool survived a missed penalty before teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold and a Havard Nordtveit own goal gave them a 2-1 win at Hoffenheim which put them on the brink of a Champions League group stage place on Tuesday.

The English Premier League side had a let-off when their goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a weak Andrej Kramaric penalty in the 12th minute of the playoff first leg tie.

Alexander-Arnold, 18, curled a free kick through a gap in the Hoffenheim wall to put Liverpool ahead in the 35th minute and James Milner's shot was deflected in off Nordtveit in the 74th. Mark Uth pulled a late goal back for the Bundesliga side.

Sporting were held to a 0-0 draw at home by FCSB, formerly Steaua Bucharest, and CSKA Moscow sneaked a late 1-0 win at Young Boys thanks to a Kasim Nuhu own goal in added time.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; editing by Ken Ferris)

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