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Watch: James Milner's cool penalty lands Liverpool in last 16 of Europa League

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:47 IST
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  • Liverpool overcome a well drilled Augsburg 1-0 to progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League.
  • The first leg in Augsburg had finished 0-0, which meant the Germans needed only a solitary goal to progress on the away goals rule if they kept a clean sheet or conceded one goal.
  • Vice-captain James Milner slotted away a calm penalty within the first five minutes of the game after an Augsburg defender handled the ball in the penalty box.

Last 16. Europa League. Two phrases which Liverpool fans had not been fortunate enough to hear in the last five years. However, a clinical penalty from Vice-captain James Milner ensured that Liverpool progressed to the last 16 of UEFA's second tier competition for the first time in five years.

The Europa League remains Liverpool's only realistic route into next season's Champions League, with a victory in the tournament ensuring the Reds a place. Though it is mathematically far from impossible for Liverpool to finish in the top four in the Premier League, it would require the likes of Leicester and Manchester City above them to lose multiple games - a highly unlikely possibility.

sturridge-augsburg-liverpool-daniel . Photo: AFP

Daniel Sturridge seeks to beat his marker. Photo: AFP

The first leg at Augsburg's home ground had ended in a goalless draw, resulting in a nervy second leg at Anfield for the hosts. Liverpool resisted the charge of FC Augsburg who tried hard to get a second goal, but fell short thanks to some excellent goalkeeping by Simon Mignolet and a sturdy Liverpool defence.

Watch Milner's calm penalty and all the other highlights from the game below:

First published: 26 February 2016, 3:20 IST
 
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