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Liverpool beat Hoffenheim in UCL playoff first leg; CSKA win late

Hoffenheim scored a late goal to give them a puncher's chance against Liverpool heading to Anfield for the second leg.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first Liverpool goal as Jurgen Klopp's side took a 2-1 lead in their Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim.

The Liverpool-born full-back, deputising for the injured Nathaniel Clyne, opened the scoring in the 35th minute by curling home a free kick from outside the box on his European debut.

Liverpool added a second 13 minutes from time when James Milner's cross was deflected in by fellow substitute Havard Nordtveit.

But Hoffenheim, who saw Andrej Kramaric...

 By PA Sport

Jiri Pavlenka completes move to Werder Bremen

Jiri Pavlenka in action for Czech Republic against Belgium in June 2017.
Czech Republic international Jiri Pavlenka completed his move to Werder Bremen.

Werder Bremen have completed the signing of Slavia Prague goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.

The Bundesliga side announced they had struck a deal for the Czech Republic international on Tuesday.

And on Friday afternoon Pavlenka officially put pen to paper after completing a medical.

The 25-year-old told the club's official website: "I am very happy to be here. Werder is one of the great German traditions. I believe that this club has a lot of potential."

 By PA Sport

Werder Bremen agree deal to sign goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka

Jiri Pavlenka in action for Czech Republic against Belgium in June 2017.
Jiri Pavlenka arrives at Werder Bremen as a Czech title winner.
 

Werder Bremen have agreed a deal to sign Slavia Prague goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, the Bundesliga side have announced.

Pavlenka, 25, is expected to undergo a medical in Bremen and sign a contract later in the week.

The Czech Republic international Werder's official website: "The Bundesliga is one of the strongest leagues in the world and Werder are a massive club.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of the team."

Werder sporting director Frank Baumann said: "We're very pleased that we convinced...