Champions League: Klopp loses in Belgrade

Champions League: Klopp loses in Belgrade
  • Liverpool lose to Red Star Belgrade. Marko Marin prepares both goals.
  • AS Monaco go down against Bruges at home.
  • According to French media reports, the club owner is said to have been arrested in the morning.

Team manager Jürgen Klopp has suffered an unexpected defeat with Liverpool in the Champions League. Last season's finalist lost 0-2 (0-2) to Red Star Belgrade, and faces a very tight group C tie.

Goal scorer Milan Pavkov brought Belgrade in front of 51,318 spectators early in each case after preliminary work by former international Marko Marin (22/29) and the Marakana Stadium to the boil. "We are from Liverpool, we are not impressed by the atmosphere," Klopp had said before the match. On the pitch disappointed Liverpool, who had won 4-0 in the first leg, but over long stretches.

With six points, the Englishman remain leaders for the time being, but can be overtaken in the evening either by SSC Naples (5) or Paris St. Germain (4). Red Star (4) may also hope for his first victory in the premier class since 1992. Xherdan Shaqiri was not traveling to Serbia for political reasons. Because of tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, the Swiss football player with Kosovar roots in Belgrade would have threatened a hostile reception.

Deep in the crisis, meanwhile, is the AS Monaco with the new coach Thierry Henry. The penultimate French Ligue 1 lost to FC Brugge 0: 4 (0: 3) and is in Group A with Borussia Dortmund with just one point on the final rank. For Bruges (four points) it was the first victory.

Hans Vanaken hit a left-footed shot (12 ') and a handball (17') initially sent a brace, while Brazilian Wesley (24 ') soon added a 3-0 win. The final was captain Ruud Vormer (85.). The Monegasque thus continue to wait for the first victory under Henry.

Club boss arrested after media information

The Russian businessman and club owner of the AS Monaco, Dmitri Rybolowlew, is said to have been arrested according to media reports. According to him, he was taken on Tuesday morning in Monaco in custody, as reported, inter alia, the French newspaper "Le Monde". Investigators have therefore searched his house. Rybolowlew was not released in the afternoon, they said. The French news agency AFP wrote that the lawyer of the multimillionaire confirmed the arrest.

According to information from several media, the search is related to his case against an art dealer. Rybolowlew had accused him of having sold him masterpieces at much too high prices and reported him. It is a widespread judicial affair, sometimes called "MonacoGate" in the media.

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