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Liverpool concedes late to draw Sevilla 2-2

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  • Sevilla strikes first
  • Salah, Firmino score
  • Firmino misses PK
  • Correa equalizes, 72′

Liverpool’s defense conceded early in late, throwing away a 2-1 lead in a draw against Sevilla at Anfield in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday.

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored for the Reds, while Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa netted for Sevilla. Joe Gomez was sent off late for Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho made his season debut for Liverpool, tying him to Liverpool for the competition with a quarter-hour run. The Reds’ Joe Gomez was given a red card in stoppage time.

Sevilla’s next UCL match is home to Maribor on Sept. 26, while Liverpool travels to Russia for a date with Spartak Moscow. All teams are on a single point.

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The Reds led 2-1 at the break, but not after going behind after  sloppy Dejan Lovren defense led to a goal from Ben Yedder.

Firmino leveled the score by poking home a square ball from Alberto Moreno.

Salah scored a deflected effort after stripping Steven N’Zonzi of the ball 25 yards out from goal.

Sadio Mane won a late half penalty for the Reds, but Firmino hit the post with his effort.

 

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Would that come back to haunt the Reds? Sure would, as moments after Georginio Wijnaldum saw a decent chance stopped, Sevilla made it 2-2.

Correa had an off-touch but had plenty of room as Liverpool’s defense parted for him with under 20 minutes to play.

The Reds brought on Coutinho, and then Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had a touch line argument with Sevilla staff after the final whistle in which he was filmed denying responsibility for Joe Gomez’s red card.

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UEFA Champions League Weds. preview

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Manchester United and Chelsea had little trouble in their UEFA Champions League group stage bows, but the three Premier League clubs in action Wednesday face much stiffer competition.

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Two of the three begin their group stages at home, with a third traveling to Rotterdam for a De Kuip test at Feyenoord.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Borussia Dortmund

With apologies to Group C, Spurs drew the stiffest test in Europe with Group G’s tandem of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund (in addition to APOEL Nicosia). The group kicks off at Wembley Stadium with a visit from USMNT teen Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund, a side which has yet to concede a goal in Bundesliga play and sits atop the table.

Midfield general Nuri Sahin has been wonderful for BVB this early campaign, and ex-Barca back Marc Bartra joins Greece national team standout Sokratis Papastathopoulos in a stingy defense. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have their work cut out for them, and so does the back line. Here’s BVB boss Peter Bosz:

It could come down to which Christian is able to work more magic: Pulisic or Eriksen. Pulisic posted a goal and three assists in his first UCL go-round last season, while Eriksen managed just a single assist as Spurs bowed out of the UCL at the group stage. We’ll give Spurs an emotional edge on Wednesday, hopefully ending their Wembley “hoodoo” or at least managing a point. 2-2.

Liverpool vs. Sevilla

Knocked out of the UCL by Leicester City last season, Sevilla is best known for its quintet of Europa League crowns. The last of those came at the expense of the Reds, as Daniel Sturridge‘s 35th minute opener in Basel was canceled out by three second half goals. Coke scored two and Kevin Gameiro the other, but both of those players are gone.

Sevilla signed ex-Man City men Jesus Navas and Nolito this summer, and has a variety of weapons including Wissam Ben Yedder, Steven N’Zonzi, and Luis Muriel. Expect Liverpool to have a heck of a time defending, but also to find some success in the final third. Would Reds fans take 2-2 in what will be the second most difficult game in the group (aside from the return leg)?

Feyenoord vs. Manchester City

The Dutch champions entertain Man City while in the throes of a 4-0 start to the Eredivisie season. Feyenoord lost just four league matches last season and led the table wire-to-wire, the first managerial title for former Arsenal and Barcelona player Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The club’s most familiar names are former Watford man Steven Berghuis, midfielder Tonny Vilhena, and Danish national team striker Nicolai Jorgensen. Ultimately, this could be a tight win for City. If Pep Guardiola‘s team really wants to make a statement, it’ll be a big win.

Elsewhere
Maribor vs. Spartak Moscow
RB Leipzig vs. Monaco
Porto vs. Besiktas
Real Madrid vs. APOEL Nicosia
Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Napoli

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: Reds trample Gunners underfoot

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  • Firmino, Salah goal, assist each
  • Mane scores beauty
  • Lacazette doesn’t start
  • Cech stars in loss

Liverpool is second in the Premier League table heading into the international break after embarrassing rivals Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Daniel Sturridge scored for the Reds, with Firmino and Salah also registering assists.

Arsenal started Alexis Sanchez but it made little difference as the Gunners lost their second in three to fall into 16th.

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Mohamed Salah showed some early wizardry that failed to find a receiver, and moments later Emre Can headed wide of the far post in a bright start for the hosts.

Petr Cech made a back post recovery to thwart Salah’s assumed goal. A better shot should’ve been proffered, but that hardly makes the save less outstanding.

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Sadio Mane’s electric left wing play earned a penalty shout one minute and a corner kick the next, the latter played short and handled by Arsenal.

That’s when Firmino made it 1-0, using his head to pound a cross off the ground and past a diving Cech.

Jordan Henderson couldn’t convert from an extremely tight angle with a chance to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute.

Salah forced Cech into another save in the 25th minute.

Mane then punished Rob Holding for given him time and space with a simply marvelous curling finish around Cech in the 40th minute.

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Arsenal’s first moments of the second half were promising, and Liverpool was more of a countering side when Salah was stopped by Cech before Henderson blazed over the bar.

Salah didn’t miss with his next chance, a 80-plus yard breakaway began by a cleared Arsenal corner. Hector Bellerin made an absolute mess of the ball, and Cech couldn’t low fast enough to swat away the ex-Roma man’s strike.

Wenger inserted Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud with about a half hour to play.

Sturridge added the fourth in the 78th on another counter attack, an unreal cross from Salah that the English striker barely had to stoop to meet.

Premier League Preview: Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace

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  • Liverpool will still be without Philippe Coutinho due to a back injury.
  • Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne also miss out, but Daniel Sturridge is fit.
  • Crystal Palace has won three-straight games against Liverpool in the Premier League.
  • Both teams have scored in each of the last 10 meetings in all competitions between Liverpool and Crystal Palace, averaging 3.9 goals per match.

For the second-consecutive week, Liverpool will have to play without Philippe Coutinho, who is still missing with a back injury.

However, that didn’t seem to be an issue last week against Watford as Liverpool scored three goals, but it was the leaky defense that allowed Watford to score three goals themselves. (Watch live at 10:00 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Crystal Palace meanwhile also allowed three goals last week but couldn’t score any of its own as it was humbled, 3-0 to Huddersfield. Crystal Palace’s squad is still struggling to adjust to manager Frank De Boer‘s free-flowing style of play and Wilfried Zaha will miss Saturday’s encounter.

But working in Crystal Palace’s favor is Christian Benteke and the club’s three straight wins over Liverpool. It will surely be an open and exciting match at Anfield.

What they’re saying

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Crystal Palace: “We played Crystal Palace a few weeks ago. I’m not 100 per cent sure about the line-ups in that game, but Phil and Zaha were on the pitch and they will not be [this weekend]. I’m not sure if Adam played in this game, but that’s how it is…The only thing we know is it’s a tough game, probably both teams were not overly happy – we were not really disappointed about our first game, but it was how a first game can be, there are things to improve and it’s always like this, but even then we could’ve won which I think everybody knows.”

Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer on his system of play: “I am not a manager who suddenly after a defeat decides to change things around and as I say I did see some very positive points so I am not going to change the system. We don’t need to use adapting to a change in style of our play as an excuse, it’s not so difficult and quite easy to play. The Premier League is so competitive that you have to work hard as a team to get a result because if you don’t you get punished. The players don’t want to use the new system as an excuse and I think everybody understands what we want but we have to execute it better.”

Prediction

Liverpool’s centerback pair of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren looked better midweek in the UEFA Champions League against Hoffenheim, but it’s another challenge to face Benteke and a motivated Crystal Palace team. Still, the speed of thought and pace on the field of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane should prove to be the difference. Liverpool 3-2 Crystal Palace

LIVE – UEFA Champions League playoff: Liverpool face Hoffenheim

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Liverpool’s quest to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time since 2014 begins on Tuesday.

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Jurgen Klopp‘s men travel to Germany to face Julien Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim as the fourth-place teams from the Premier League and Bundesliga do battle over two legs for a spot in the UCL group stages.

With injuries to Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, plus the Philippe Coutinho saga rumbling on, Klopp has plenty on his mind as Liverpool look to recover from their poor defensive display in their 3-3 draw at Watford on Saturday in their opening game of the Premier League season.

The second leg is at Anfield next Wednesday and Klopp and Co. will be hoping to have a healthy lead to take back to Merseyside with them. Upstarts Hoffenheim will be thinking otherwise with Sandro Wagner the main danger man for Liverpool to stop at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Elsewhere Copenhagen head to Azerbaijan to play Qarabag, Sporting Lisbon host Steaua Bucharest, Swiss side Young Boys take on CSKA Moscow and Slavia Prague head to Nicosia, Cyprus to play APOEL.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s games, which kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET unless otherwise stated, while you can click on the link above to follow live commentary on all five matches.


Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff first legs

Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool
Qarabag vs. FC Copenhagen – 12 p.m. ET
APOEL vs. Slavia Prague
Sporting CP vs. Steaua Bucharest
BSC Young Boys vs. CSKA Moscow

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