They needed a Steven Gerrard moment and there it was — an effortless strike from the penalty spot deep into injury time. Remarkable.
It stirred so many memories of the Liverpool captain coming to his team’s rescue on emotional nights in Europe.
This was a dramatic finish, a crazy end to a frustrating night for Liverpool after Mario Balotelli had scored for the first time since his move from Milan.
That should have sealed it, but Ludogorets appeared to have earned a point when substitute Dani Abaolo then rounded Simon Mignolet with a sweet strike on the break.
Juventus 2 – 0 Malmo FF
Olympiakos 3 – 2 Atletico Madrid
Liverpool 2 – 1 PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Real Madrid 5 – 1 Basel
Benfica 0 – 2 Zenit St. Petersburg
Monaco 1 – 0 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Arsenal
Galatasaray 1 – 1 Anderlecht