Sevilla fights back to draw at Liverpool in Champions League

Roberto Firmino, left, was among the goal scorers as Liverpool drew 2-all with Sevilla in the Champions League on ...
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Roberto Firmino, left, was among the goal scorers as Liverpool drew 2-all with Sevilla in the Champions League on Thursday morning.

Sevilla seized on sloppy defending by Liverpool to score early and then grab a second-half equaliser in a 2-all draw in the Champions League on Thursday (NZ Time).

Joaquin Correa earned a point for the Spanish team, curling home a finish in the 72nd minute after Liverpool switched off at a throw in to allow Luis Muriel to run through unchecked.

Sevilla's opening goal in the fifth minute also arose from a defensive error, with Liverpool centre back Dejan Lovren letting a low cross go under his boot and Wissam Ben Yedder on hand to poke in at the far post.

Liverpool fought back to take the lead by halftime thanks to goals by Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, and Firmino missed a chance to make it 3-1 when he curled a penalty against the outside of the post after Sadio Mane was fouled.

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Philippe Coutinho came on as a 76th-minute substitute for his first appearance of the season for Liverpool, following a summer that saw him put in a transfer request after his club rejected three huge offers from Barcelona.

The Brazil playmaker was given a warm reception from Liverpool's fans but he didn't make a significant impact.

In stoppage time, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was sent off for picking up a second yellow card.

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo had earlier been sent to the stands by Dutch referee Danny Makkelie in the 60th after preventing Gomez from taking a quick throw, and gestured to counterpart Juergen Klopp while being led away.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane struck twice as Tottenham Hotspur made a flying start to their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium.

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The England striker made sure there was no repeat of last season's home woes in the competition with his side's second and third goals after Dortmund's Andriy Yarmolenko had cancelled out Son Heung-min's opener in a frantic start.

Kane had failed to score in August before bagging a double against Everton at the weekend and showed he was back to his lethal best with a fine left-foot finish in the 15th minute.

He then slotted his second on the hour mark to seal only Tottenham's third win in 13 matches at Wembley where they lost two of their three Champions League home games last season.

In Rotterdam, defender John Stones scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Feyenoord 4-0.

Stones, Sergio Aguero, and Gabriel Jesus scored in the first half as the visitors made a mockery of Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst's decision to play a five-man defence. Stones doubled his tally in the 63rd.

In the other games on Thursday morning, German side Leipzig made its Champions League debut and drew with visiting Monaco 1-all and Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk stunned Serie A's Napoli to win 2-1 in Kharkiv.

​Real Madrid beat Apoel Nicosia 3-0, Turkish club Besiktas beat Porto 3-1 in Portugal and Slovenian side Maribor drew 1-all at home with Spartak Moskva of Russia.

 

 - AP

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