Liverpool 2 – 2 Sevilla – Liverpool held on draw against Sevilla as Firmino and Salah goals were levelled Ben Yedder and Correa, Coutinho comes off bench to positive reception at Anfield and Gomez sent off late on the night.
Sevilla scored with both of their shots on target against Liverpool, Liverpool’s first game in the Champions League since 2014 ended in a draw with Sevilla at Anfield.
In a repeat of the 2016 Europa League final, which the Spaniards won in Basel, Argentine midfielder Joaquin Correa cut through the Liverpool defence and curled home a cool finish to clinch a point.
It had taken Sevilla just five minutes to take the lead as Wissam Ben Yedder tapped in from close range after home defender Dejan Lovren fell over while trying to clear the ball.
Sadio Mane tested visiting goalkeeper Sergio Rico with a low drive as Liverpool looked to get back into the game, and they managed to do so when Roberto Firmino finished off a fine team move from close range.
The five-time winners continued to push forward and were rewarded as Mohamed Salah’s strike looped in via a huge deflection off Simon Kjaer, but then Firmino, presented with the chance to give the home side breathing space, struck a penalty against the post.
Georginio Wijnaldum came close with a low drive in the second half but the English side were punished for not adding to their advantage when they conceded with 18 minutes remaining.
Luis Muriel could have won it for Sevilla in injury time, but shot wide from inside the box, before Reds defender Joe Gomez was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
Midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who requested a transfer in the summer, made his first appearance of the season for Liverpool, coming on for Emre Can on 75 minutes.
Liverpool 2 – 2 Sevilla | UEFA Champions League – Match Highlights
- 5′ 0 – 1 Wissam Ben Yedder strikes early to open the scoring to Sevilla. Down the left, they cross. Lovren’s had a shocker! Just get it clear, man. Anywhere! He misses his clearance, and it’s a tap in. That is not to say that Dejan Lovren is alone in his shame here. Can and Gomez both had the chance to clear or get a foot in.
- 21′ 1 – 1 Roberto Firmino scores a superb team goal from Henderson, Moreno, one two. A neat cross, low, from Moreno, and there’s Firmino to tap it in. Well played. Excellent stuff, that. Firmino had it on a plate.
37′ 2 – 1 Mohamed Salah puts Liverpool ahead with a left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner after Gomez played it in to Salah, it was a good position but not a very good ball. Salah loses the ball in the area, chases after it, and wins it off N’Zonzi. Some would call that a foul on the Sevilla man. Salah has a shot, it takes a huge deflection off poor Kjaer, gives the goalie no chance. Some called it a foul on the Sevilla man: about eight Sevilla players, who surround the ref and protest bitterly. Referee could have booked several but in the end singles out Baneja.
72′ 2 – 2 Joaquin Correa levels and Liverpool can’t see it out! That Roberto Firmino penalty miss is put into stark focus as again poor defending lets Sevilla back into the game. Joaquin Correagets lucky as his miscontrol ends up running into his path, but there’s no Liverpool defender near him as he steers into the corner from 15 yards out. You could have driven a bus through the middle.
90+4′ 2 – 2 [Red Card] Joe Gomez was sent off in an eventful night gets another bullet-point as right-backJoe Gomezis shown a second yellow card for a foul on the sidelines.