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  • Mario Balotelli scores first Liverpool goal in testy Champions League win

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 hr ago

    Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time thanks to defender Cosmin Moti stepping in as goalkeeper and saving not one, but two shots in a penalty shootout. For 81 minutes they held Liverpool scoreless at Anfield. But then Mario Balotelli happened.

    Demonstrating superb ball control while clearing space for himself between two defenders in the box, Balotelli scored his first Liverpool goal with an 82nd-minute volley that seemed as if it would be enough to start their Champions League campaign with three points.

    Ludogorets again demonstrated their taste for the improbable by scoring an equalizer in the first minute of injury time, though. Taking a point at Anfield would have been incredible for the Bulgarian champions, who reached the Europa League round of 16 last season, but a foul by newly signed third-choice goalkeeper Milan Borjan in the second minute of injury time set up a penalty that Steven Gerrard didn't miss.

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  • Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny thinks he's in the Champions League of volleyball

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago

    The Champions League group stage has begun and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny seems a bit confused about what sport he's supposed to be playing. Early in the first half of his side's match against Borussia Dortmund, Koscielny decided he would rather be playing volleyball and spiked the ball like someone who has seen Top Gun too many times.

    Koscielny wasn't punished for this, but later in the half, he was responsible for Ciro Immobile's opening goal. Other than all that, he actually was playing quite well, though.

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    Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter! Follow @BrooksDT

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  • President Obama fulfills World Cup beer bet with Belgium

    Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago

    In the build-up to the World Cup round of 16 match between the U.S. and Belgium, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted a friendly wager to President Obama, betting an unspecified amount of his nation's beer that they would win.

    Hey @BarackObama, I am betting some great Belgian beers that our @BelRedDevils will make it to the quarter final! :-) #ComeOnBelgium #BEL

    Though Obama never responded to the wager (he does have roughly 46.4 million more followers on Twitter, after all), he has paid up.

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