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Liverpool qualify for European knockout stages

An incredible solo goal from Ben Doak secured Liverpool a 4-3 victory over Rangers and confirmed their qualification into the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League.

An Oakley Cannonier brace and a goal from Melkamu Frauendorf came before Doak’s late winner to bag the three points for Liverpool despite Lee Jonas’ second-half red card.

A Jason Lindsay penalty and goals from Arron Lyall and Robbie Ure proved to be not quite enough for Rangers and leaves them needing wins in both of their remaining group games to qualify.

Liverpool came into the game off the back of an embarrassing 8-1 defeat to lower league Charlton Athletic at the weekend but they put that behind them to take the lead after just eight minutes.

Doak caused all sorts of trouble for Rangers over the 90 minutes and his attempted cross led to pinball in the box in which the ball fell kindly for Cannonier who produced a smart turn and finish.

The lead lasted just two minutes as Zak Lovelace drove into the box and was brought down by Liverpool keeper Harvey Davies.

Lindsay stepped up to take the resulting penalty and fired past Davies into the bottom left corner to get Rangers back level.

Liverpool went back in front in the 17th minute when Bobby Clark rolled through Frauendorf following an interception high up the pitch and the German slotted confidently past Pazikas.

Rangers spurred a huge chance to equalise in the 31st minute when Connor Allan drove through and forced a save from Davies before the rebound fell kindly for Ure but he headed wide of the gaping goal.

They were made to pay three minutes later when Cannonier was rolled through by Doak on the counter. The forward showed great determination to battle his way to goal and score his seventh goal in the competition.

Liverpool were reduced to ten men just two minutes into the second half when Jonas was shown a straight red card for pulling down Ure to deny a goalscoring opportunity.

Rangers piled on the pressure and pulled one back in the 62nd minute when Lovelace combined with Lyall to put the latter in behind and he chipped the ball over Davies before tapping into the empty net.

The Scottish side equalised ten minutes later when Lovelace again got in behind and his effort deflected off Davies, bounced off the post and fell for Ure to smash home.

Liverpool went back in front against the run of play in the 80th minute thanks to a sensational solo run from Ben Doak. The 16-year-old collected the ball in the corner and danced around five Rangers defenders before curling into the far corner.

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The victory for Liverpool confirms their place in the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League and means they need just one point from their final two group games to guarantee top of the group.

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