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Charles Escalante (@CHARLESESCA)

Frank Maldonado (@FRANKELTANK33)

Chuy Ramirez (@NOFUEPENALL)

Devan Messer (@HEAVIERTHNDEVAN)

Milan Pavkov needs a Statue.

Milan Pavkov needs a Statue.

The Beautiful Game welcomed Champions League soccer back to our Televisions, or phones, and Red Star Belgrade beat Liverpool in a SHOCKER. 

FK Crvena Zvezda, or known as Red Star Belgrade, picked up the Three points that seemed like Liverpool’s to lose. 

The Legend of Milan Pavkov has arrived. From scoring on his debut against Spartak Subotica, to scoring twice against Liverpool in the Champions League, dreams for a soccer player don’t get much better than that. 

Liverpool didn’t look themselves in the first half of the match, and I wonder if this walk to the pitch had anything to do with it. This is utterly insane to walk through. This is an older video of the tunnel walk the players make. 

 

It took merely 22 minutes for Pavkov to find the net, against a rattled Liverpool. Marko Marin took the corner and out a beautiful ball into the area. It was utter SCENES in that stadium. It would only take 7 minutes longer for it to happen again.

This time, Pavkov received a ball from Marin and turned and drove past Wijnaldum. Cutting back to his right, above the eighteen, he unleashed a beautiful strike that caught Alisson out, 

Game on top of its head, inside 30 minutes. Liverpool with the better of the chances, but nothing to show for it. 

Standout performance by Marko Marin, saw him get both assist. 72% pass accuracy, with 29 touches in 64 minutes, was all he needed. Setting up Pavkov for both goals, was impressive. Doing so against a Liverpool squad, who’s one of the best in Europe, even more so. Milan Borjan was incredible in goal for Red Star, as Salah, Mané, and Firmino all struggled to find the back of the net. 

Klopp’s men came out in the second half, and we’re a totally different team. Bringing on Gomez for Alexander-Arnold, and Firmino on for Sturridge, saw the game open up. 

Red Star Belgrade parked the bus, and made sure to have at least 10 men behind the ball. It was going to take some something spectacular, to break down that defense. 

It never came, but Pavkov showed the world who he was, on the biggest stage. Red Star, showed who they were, and shocked us all. Nothing better than an underdog coming up on top. Red Star Belgrade currently sit last in their Champions League Group, but doesn’t mean their out. All they can do, is believe. Two matches left, in the group of death, with PSG and Napoli to go. I still believe. 

 

 

 

This Week In Soccer for Charles.

Inside The Area 13