Controversial Benteke goal lifts Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England (AP):
Christian Benteke scored his first English Premier League goal for Liverpool yesterday to give his new team a 1-0 win over promoted Bournemouth in a game that was marked by two disputed refereeing decisions.
Benteke met a cross at the far post for an easy tap-in in the 26th minute, although the goal was questionable, as Philippe Coutinho had tried to reach the ball first from what was a clear offside position.
Under new rules implemented for this season, players can be flagged for interfering with play, even if they don't touch the ball.
"Under the new rules, that's clearly offside. Clearly, our goalkeeper was affected by the movement in front of him," Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said. "It was hugely frustrating for us tonight. ... The big decisions have gone against us."
Liverpool also won 1-0 at Stoke in the opening round and is one of four teams with six points from the two opening rounds, along with both Manchester clubs and Leicester.
Benteke was bought from Aston Villa in the offseason to provide more of a presence up front for Liverpool, and the Belgium striker also hit the bar from close range in the 90th minute.