Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla: Correa earns Sevilla a point at Anfield

Sevilla and Liverpool played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night in the opening game of their Champions League campaign.

The visitors took a surprise lead early on when Wissam Ben Yedder tapped home from close range. Liverpool struck back well and goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah saw them take a 2-1 lead. Firmino missed a penalty late in the first half and in the end he was punished when Joaquin Correa scored a second half equaliser to ensure Sevilla didn’t go home empty handed.

Unsurprisingly Liverpool made a quick start and had their first shot on target inside the first 60 seconds. Salah’s excellent cross field ball found Sadio Mane on the left who passed to Georginio Wijnaldum inside the box. Wijnaldum laid it off to Emre Can who attempted to curl a shot into the far post but Sergio Rico was equal to it and made a comfortable save.

Minutes later the home side went behind when their defence switched off to allow Ben Yedder to open the scoring. Sergio Escudero got behind Joe Gomez down the left and he drilled a low cross across the face of the goal which Dejan Lovren really should have dealt with but the Croatian missed it which allowed the ball to run through to Ben Yedder to tap into an empty goal.

Right after the restart Liverpool went straight back on the offensive and Wijnaldum came close to equalising. He picked the ball up around 20 yards out from goal and Simon Kjaer didn’t look to know much about it but luckily for the Danish defender it deflected off him and went just wide of the post.

A few minutes later Salah got away from Simon Kjaer down the right and his cross deflected into the path of Mane who hit a low shot but Rico done well to get down low and make the save before it was scrambled away for a corner. The resulting corner produced another opportunity for Liverpool and this time it was Firmino who was guilty of wasting a chance when he header over the cross bar.

On 21 minutes Liverpool finally got level after an excellent passing move was finished by Firmino. Alberto Moreno played a one two with Jordan Henderson which set the Spaniard free on the bye line and he pulled the ball back into the path of his team mate and Firmino made no mistake with the finish.

Liverpool probably should have gone in front two minutes later when they produced an excellent counter attack. Wijnaldum found Mane in space and his defence splitting pass put Can through on goal but his low shot went narrowly wide of the far post.

On 37 minutes the home side did take the lead. Salah dispossessed Steven N’Zonzi outside the box before turning and hitting a shot from distance. Once again the ball took a deflection off Kjaer before looping up over Rico and into the net. While Liverpool celebrated the goal the Sevilla players protested to the referee as they felt N’Zonzi was fouled by Salah and the replays showed that they have had a legitimate cause for complaint.

Five minutes later Liverpool should have gone further in front with Nicolas Pareja gave away a penalty for what could have been awarded due to a handball or a rash challenge on Mane. Firmino stepped up to take the kick and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way but his shot cannoned back off the post and the opportunity was wasted.

Just before half time Liverpool had another chance after an excellent breakaway. Salah got away down the right again before playing the ball to Firmino who found the overlapping Moreno. Moreno struck a powerful low shot but Rico got down well again and made an excellent save to ensure the score remained 2-1 to Liverpool at the break.

The second half didn’t get off to the flying start that the first half did and it took 23 minutes before either side managed a shot on target. When it did come it was another opportunity for Liverpool. N’Zonzi headed the ball clear from a Liverpool free kick but it only went as far as Wijnaldum who shot first time but once again Rico was equal to it and made a good save down low to his right.

Four minutes later Liverpool were punished for not taking advantage of their chances. Luis Muriel picked up the ball in space from a thrown in and played a pass into the path of Correa who managed to get the ball out from under his feet before slotting the equaliser past Loris Karius in the home goal.

With Liverpool at home Jurgen Klopp made some attacking substitutions to try to win the game with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho all coming off the bench. This was Coutinho’s first appearance of the season after his long and very public attempt to leave the club in the summer. However, the Liverpool fans seemed to be in a forgiving mood and gave the Brazilian a warm welcome on his return to the first team.

Liverpool pushed forward late on to get a goal but were almost caught out in stoppage time when Muriel got behind Joe Gomez but he hit his shot wide at the near post when one on one with Karius,

Moments later Joe Gomez’s night was ended a few seconds early when he received a second yellow card but Sevilla had no time to take advantage of their extra man with the final whistle blowing to finish the game just after the restart.

On the balance of play this was a hard earned draw for Sevilla who were second best for much of the game but they will be delighted to have earned a draw. These sides were expected to be the top two in this group and neither lost ground as Maribor and Spartak Moscow played out a 1-1 draw in Slovenia. Next up Sevilla will be at home to Maribor while Liverpool will make the long trip east to take on Spartak Moscow.

Source: La Liga News