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Champions League: Gerrard secures late win while Arsenal lose

Steven Gerrard scores Liverpool's winner from the penalty spot.Clive Brunskill
Gerrard is Liverpool's record goalscorer in Europe with 40 goals

Steven Gerrard's penalty made sure Liverpool marked their return to Champions League football with a victory over Ludogorets Razgrad.

The Reds took the lead in the 82nd minute when Mario Balotelli poked home his first goal for the club.

Ludogorets nearly grabbed a point in the final minute when substitute Dani Abalo equalised.

But Liverpool were awarded a penalty late in stoppage time, which captain Gerrard coolly slotted into the goal.

Arsenal players react at the final whistle after losing to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions LeagueGetty Images
Arsenal were well beaten by German giants Borussia Dortmund

Elsewhere, Arsenal's Champions League Group D campaign got off to a poor start as German side Borussia Dortmund scored either side of half-time to secure a deserved victory.

Ciro Immobile opened the scoring for Dortmund with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubling their lead after the break.

Aubameyang also hit the bar, while Danny Welbeck wasted Arsenal's best chance when clean through.