A wasteful Liverpool were made to pay for a number of missed chances as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Sevilla in Tuesday’s Group E Champions League opener at Anfield.
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Ben Yedder stuns the home side but Firmino equalises
Salah’s deflected strike gives Reds the lead
Firmino misses a penalty
Correa makes it 2-2
Liverpool were made to rue missed chances after going behind to an early strike from Wissam Ben Yedder. After Roberto Firmino equalised and Mohamed Salah got the second, the Brazilian missed a penalty.
In the second half, the Reds dominated but created fewer openings and would pay the price when Sevilla found a goal to make it 2-2 when Carlos Correa converted with precision.
Anfield was stunned in the first five minutes as a mistake from Dejan Lovren in defending a cross from Sergio Escudero from the left, saw the ball break to Wissam Ben Yedder who had a simple tap in.
Georginio Wijnaldum nearly equalised moments later but his strike was deflected just wide with the keeper Sergio Rico stranded. The Reds were now on top and in pursuit of the equaliser with Rico being tested by Sadio Mane, however, it was not long before the goal came.
After good work involving Alberto Moreno and Jordan Henderson saw the Spaniard played in behind Sevilla’s defence on the left side of the box, the fullback fired in a low cross which Roberto Firmino tapped home in the 21st minute.
Two minutes later Emre Can missed a sitter to make it two when he was played through on goal but pulled his shot wide of the post. Eventually the weight of pressure told as Mohamed Salah’s shot from outside the area deflected off Simon Kjaer and looped into the back of the net.
Liverpool could have been out of sight before the break when Mane was dragged down in the box, however, Firmino saw his penalty crash off the woodwork to safety. Moreno also saw his shot saved brilliantly by Rico just before the half time whistle.
After the interval, the home side continued to dominate and Can came close to getting the third but his strike hit teammate Firmino and rebounded away.
Sevilla manager Manuel Berizzo was later sent to the stands for throwing the ball away, however, out of nowhere the visitors conjured an equaliser as substitute Luis Muriel picked out Carlos Correa, and he finished brilliantly with a curling strike in the 72nd minute.
The Spaniards finished the match the stronger of the two teams although there were no real clear chances for either outfit. Joe Gomez saw red for Jurgen Klopp’s men as he collected a second yellow card deep into stoppage time.