Liverpool denied by controversial last-gasp equaliser

Miguel Britos scored deep into injury time to earn Watford a dramatic 3-3 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • Watford 3 Liverpool 3
  • Okaka opens scoring
  • Mane levels
  • Doucoure restores lead
  • Firmino and Salah secure the lead
  • Britos steals a point

Match Summary

Watford could not have asked for a better start to their season with Stefano Okaka putting them ahead just two minutes in. Even after Saido Mane equalised in the 20th minute, Abdoulaye Doucouré restored the Hornets' lead just three minutes later.

Unfortunately for the home fans, Liverpool were a different beast after the break and goals from Roberto Firmino (55') and Mohammed Salah (57') put them 3-2 ahead.

Just when it seemed the Reds had done enough to win the match, Britos bundled the ball over the line – though seemingly from an offside positions – to earn Watford a 3-3 draw.

The Reds' @premierleague opener ends in a draw.

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Full Report

The home side made a bright start to the match with Roberto Perreira being played in by Okaka. The winger showed great skill to cut inside and out to create space, but his shot was still deflected out for a corner.

However, the danger was not over for Liverpool and Okaka was able to get ahead of Firmino at the resulting corner to head Watford into the lead in the eighth minute.

Mane introduced himself to the match in superb fashion, finishing off a beautiful move created by a deft touch from Emre Can in the 29th minute to draw the visitors level.

The Reds joy lasted a mere two minutes and 42 seconds, however, as Cleverley hit a hopeful low cross into the area and, somehow, not a single defender was able to block or clear the ball on the way to Doucouré, who finished from close range to restore Watford's advantage.

Salah blew a glorious chance to get his side back into the game in the 38th minute. The Egyptian pounced on an error from the Watford defence and burst through on goal, but toe-poked his left-footed chance well over the bar.

Watford thought they'd broken Liverpool's line four minutes after half time, but Richarlison was well offside when Okaka played the ball through to him.

Gomes then gifted the Reds a chance to get back into the game in the 54th minute when he committed to a challenge on Salah, who got their just before the keeper, tapped it on to draw the foul and earn a penalty. The spot kick was calmly converted by Firmino, who sent Gomes the wrong way.

Less than three minutes later Dejan Lovren chipped a lovely ball over the Hornets defence for Firmino to run onto. The Brazilian striker chipped the ball over the on-rushing Gomes and Salah chased for the final touch to put Liverpool 3-2 up.

@mosalah22 scores on his #LFC @premierleague debut! ⚽️

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The 64th minute marked a milestone moment of the match as Gomes tipped an Alberto Moreno shot over the bar. It was, incredibly, the first shot on target in the game that did not result in a goal.

Liverpool shifted into another gear in the latter portion of the match, creating chance after chance with Watford offering very little resistance.

They were made to pay for their profligacy three minutes into stoppage time when their shaky defence was breached once more. After failing to clear a corner, Britos was able to bundle the ball over the line to steal a point for the hosts, although he was standing in an offside position in front of keeper Simon Mignolet when Richarlison put the ball across goal.