Liverpool fall apart against Sevilla

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Liverpool fall apart against Sevilla
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Sevilla: Sergio Rico, Mercado, Geis, Lenglet, Escudero, Pizarro, Nzonzi (Vazquez 46'), Banega, Sarabia, Nolito (Muriel 74'), Ben Yedder (Correa 81')
Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno (Milner 64'); Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho (Can 64'); Mane, Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 87'), Firmino
SCORE: Firmino (2' 0-1), Mane (22' 0-2), Firmino (30' 0-3), Ben Yedder (51' 1-3), Ben Yedder (60' 2-3), Pizarro (90+3' 3-3)
REFEREE: Felix Brych (GER).
INCIDENTS: UEFA Champions League group stage match-day five fixture between Sevilla and Liverpool in Group E.
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While poor on Sevilla in the first half, Liverpool were calamitous as they looked completely out of it in the second half. Letting a 3-0 lead slip is horrendous, and now the Reds must gather themselves, move on, and get ready for a massive home clash against second placed Chelsea.

Liverpool were on the verge of qualifying for the round of 16 and snapping Sevilla's 25-game undefeated streak at home. While Liverpool aren't in just yet, Spartak Moscow must win at Anfield by four goals to overtake Liverpool in the table. Nonetheless, Liverpool failed to get the job done today and switched off before the finish line.

Four of the six goals in today's game came from corner kicks as both sides made crucial mistakes. Once again Liverpool have had their zonal marking exposed as they let this lead slip. 

FT: After the free kick was taken, play continued shortly before the final whistle. It was 3-0 for Liverpool at the half, but a determined Sevilla came back in the second half to come away with a point. It was certainly a tale of two halves, very reminiscent of their Europa League final two seasons back. 

90+6' The game finally gets back underway as Liverpool's attack is quickly stifled, and Sevilla try to counter attack, but another offside call stops the play dead.

90+3' GOAL! A last second corner kick for Sevilla brings the home side level. Liverpool fail to clear the ball and it falls to Guido Pizarro who pokes it home.

90' Liverpool are playing with 10 men behind the ball currently, with Firmino the only advanced player at the moment. The Reds look to hold on for just a little bit longer to this 3-2 lead. Sevilla are surging forward, but offside calls have continuously killed their momentum.

87' A Sevilla attack is cleared out by Milner, and Liverpool make their final change of the evening, bringing on Oxlade-Chamberlain for Salah. Mane weaves his way into the Sevilla box, but can't sort his feet out as the home side clear.

85' Sevilla is definitely the more dangerous side on the pitch as they continue to push forward for an equalizer. Liverpool have been overwhelmed by the work rate of Sevilla in the midfield. A ball is sent into open space inside the Liverpool box, but nobody in a Sevilla shirt can reach it.

82' Emre Can earns a yellow card for slowing down Sevilla's throw in.

81' It is Ben Yedder who will make way for Correa and Sevilla are done with substitutions for the night. Emre Can then sent Mane down the middle, but he couldn't keep his shot down and on target.

79' Joaquin Correa is poised to enter the match at the next dead ball as Liverpool try to slow play down and work from the back.

78' Sevilla putting more pressure on the Liverpool defense. A dangerous cross from Vazquez is cleared well by Lovren. The corner is cleared easily and Salah is sent down the wing with space. He finds Can in the box, but his cutback is cleared for a corner.

76' Vazquez plays an early ball into the box on the ground, but Gomez does well to step in front of his man and clear the ball. Salah darts down the side, but the pass in is hit too hard for the Egyptian winger to reach.

74' Luis Muriel comes on for Nolito and is immediately involved, making a run down the left side. The delivery comes too slow however and he is whistled offside.

71' Firmino steals the ball at the top of the box and passes to Salah whose shot is turned behind for a corner. Liverpool starting to slowly work their way back into this game offensively.

70' Another long ball by Banega is whistled offside, and Sarabia is visibly frustrated. Liverpool work the ball down to the Sevilla third, but can't find any space for a shot.

68' Jordan Henderson is awarded a yellow card for a rash challenge on Escudero.

66' The resulting corner is poor and handled well by the Liverpool defense. A long ball back in is whistled dead for offside.

65' Liverpool can't complete any passes as Sevilla is just running havoc. The ball is worked down the right side, and Lovren clears the ball for a Sevilla corner.

64' Klopp makes a double substitution. Emre Can for Coutinho and James Milner on for Moreno. Liverpool are completely overwhelmed right now.

63' Sevilla goes close to equalizing Nolito is flagged offside, smacking the ball against the crossbar.

60' Ben Yedder scores his second take for good this time, and suddenly we have a game on our hands. Liverpool defense need to stay composed after a host of poor mistakes.

59' PENALTY! Moreno clips Ben Yedder inside the box to concede the penalty. Ben Yedder scores the kick, but the referee makes him retake the kick after a player entered the box early.

58' Sevilla with some creative overlapping play on the left hand side, but Gomez does well to stop the danger while conceding a corner. The Reds mark well and clear the ball.

55' Yet another Sevilla free kick as Coutinho conceded the foul on the left hand side. Mercado is shown yellow for complaining to Byrch that Coutinho's studs were showing. The ball is sent in dangerously to the box, but a foul is called on the play in Liverpool's favor.

53' A free kick by Sevilla is hit right into the wall. Really poor take as Liverpool stand firm.

51' GOAL Moreno conceded a free kick for shoving Sarabia to the ground. Banega's free kick into the box is then flicked into the net on far side. Suddenly the home crowd is lively once again, pushing their team forward.

50' Gomez makes a mess of a ball over the top, letting it bounce first. The defender scrambled to clear it over the sideline.

49' Sarabia is slow to get up after Karius comes out to punch a long ball, hitting him in the head. The play is whistled dead due to the Sevilla man being offside.

46' N'zonzi is replaced by Franco Vazquez. His night is over as Sevilla try to find a way back into this game with an offensive substitution.

The second half should be underway in a few. We'll be back with you shortly to keep you up-to-date with all the action.

The Liverpool counterattack has been stunning, and if it weren't for a handful of impressive saves by Sergio Rico, the Reds could have had five or six goals before the half. And while Liverpool have been playing fantastic, Sevilla have really dropped the ball and have been making too many mistakes. The home side were caught sleeping on two goals from corners that they really should have done better to defend.

Just a reminder that if this scoreline holds, Liverpool will be Group E winners and heading to the round of 16 for the first time since the 2007-2008 season.

HT: Liverpool up 3-0 at the half in Seville after a terrific first half. Two uncharacteristic goals from corners early on cooled the home atmosphere off quick. Sevilla seeing plenty of possession, but other than a couple of close chances, including a shot saved onto the bar by Karius, the home side has struggled to get the ball into dangerous areas. Really impressive defending from this Liverpool side as well to complement the attack.

45' Banega earns a yellow card after pulling Coutinho by the jersey. The Brazilian did well to turn past his man, but the foul killed the momentum going forward. 

42' Henderson finds Mane wide open on the wing, but his low cross towards Salah is too close to Sergio Rico who gathers easily.

40' Coutinho picks out a terrific run from Salah to send him clear on goal, but Sergio Rico makes another terrific save to keep the score at 3-0.

38' Moreno is shown yellow for a poor challenge on Mercado. Liverpool deal with the free kick sent into the box well and immediately charge down the field.

36' Coutinho and Salah play a one-two inside the Sevilla box, and Coutinho's resulting shot is blocked for a corner. Lovren is unmarked in the back but whiffs on the volley attempt.

32' Threatening ball sent into the box for Sarabia, but Karius is off his line to collect the ball. Sevilla putting plenty of pressure on the Liverpool defense, but the Reds holding firm so far.

30' GOAL! Firmino once again! Sevilla turned the ball over and Mane was sent down the wing on a long ball over the top. Sergio Rico saves the wingers shot, but Firmino was there unmarked to tap the rebound into the net. This one is turning into a rout.

28' Klopp is yelling at a ball boy for rushing Gomez to take a throw in faster. Referee comes over to calm the situation down as the game gets a little cagey.

26' Salah and Gomez do well to intercept the ball on the left hand side of the Liverpool box, and earn a throw in. Sevilla, after a couple attempts on goal earlier, are finding it hard to work the ball into the box.

24' Sevilla beginning to push forward with numbers as they look to get back into this game. Their formation is much more open now, perfect for the Liverpool counterattack. 

22' GOAL Almost a picture perfect copy of the opening goal. Coutinho's corner is flicked on towards the back post by Firmino, and it is Mane who is there to head it home for the Reds.

21' Henderson sends Firmino in on goal, but can't beat Sergio Rico in the 1-on-1 and Liverpool earns a corner.

19' SAVE! Sevilla create a turnover in the midfield and Nolito is sent on goal. After initially giving Lovren the slip, Karius got a hand on the ball to push it onto the post and gather the rebound.

17' Firmino wins the ball outside the Sevilla box and appeared to be tripped, but the referee Byrch wasn't interested.

15' Sevilla finding some space with numbers after intercepting the ball, but Moreno is on hand to snuff out the attack.

13' Liverpool struggling to keep possession of the ball, failing to link passes as Sevilla work the ball down the field. An overlapping run from Escudero gave the left-back an opportunity at goal, but blasts his shot into the side netting.

10' Firmino gets up fine. Sevilla play down the left hand side and Ben Yedder earns a free kick outside the box. The resulting kick was floated in to the box too close to the goal and Karius was there to grab the ball.

8' A ball over the top from Ever Banega is handled easily as Liverpool march down the pitch to earn a corner. Nothing comes of it and Firmino is slow to get up.

5' Sevilla seeing a bit of possession, but nothing threatening the Liverpool defense so far. Sevilla have only so much time before a red shirt closes down on them.

GOAL! Georginio Wijnaldum flicked the corner on towards the back post, and Roberto Firmino was there completely unmarked to smash the ball into the back of the net!

2' Mane's initial cross was blocked, but he worked hard to win the rebound and a corner.

KO: The whistle is blown as Sevilla get us under way in Seville!

The players are down the tunnel to a lively home crowd. The Champions League anthem rings out as we are only moments away from kickoff now!

Only about 30 minutes away from kickoff in Seville. Be sure to keep checking back with VAVEL UK as we provide updates on all the action tonight.

Maribor have been eliminated from the Champions League with that draw. A win today will now clinch qualification and secure first place in the group for Liverpool.

Another update from Russia: Maribor have equalized in stoppage time. It looks the Slovenian side might have just stolen two crucial points away from Spartak. 

Spartak Moscow have broken the deadlock in Russia through Ze Luis. As it stands, they are level with Liverpool on points. The two sides face each other in the final gameweek of the group stage so the pressure to perform well is on for the Reds tonight.

Sevilla Bench: Jesus Navas, Krohn-Dehlim, Vazquez, Corchia, Muriel, Correa, Soria

Sevilla Starting XI: Sergio Rico, Mercado, Geis, Lenglet, Escudero, Pizarro, Nzonzi, Banega, Sarabia, Nolito, Ben Yedder

No Lallana tonight either. The midfielder just recently returned to training after injury, and will have to wait a little longer to make his comeback.

Just two changes to the side from the weekend. Gomez comes in for Alexander-Arnold and Karius replaces Mignolet between the sticks.

Liverpool Bench: Mignolet, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander-Arnold, Sturridge, Solanke, Can

Liverpool Starting XI: Karius; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Moreno; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho; Mane, Salah, Firmino

Team news should be coming shortly as we get closer to our 7:45 PM kickoff. In other group E action, Maribor and Spartak Moscow are currently 0-0 in the 72nd minute. If this result holds, a draw for Liverpool this evening would nearly secure qualification for the next round on goal differential. 

Amazingly, for their illustrious record in Europe, Liverpool have won just three of their last 15 European away games, drawing seven and losing five. The Reds did win their last away trip 7-0, though, a club-record result. One would think that bookies aren't even taking odds on them repeating that score-line in Seville tonight...

These two teams have only ever met twice in European competition, the 2015-16 Europa League final - a 3-1 win for Sevilla - and the return meeting between these two teams in September, a 2-2 draw. Sevilla have won three of their four home matches against English opponents in the Champions League, only losing to City in November 2015. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium is no easy place to go.

Liverpool are without centre-back Joël Matip due to a groin injury, but Adam Lallana is in the 23-man squad that has travelled to Andalusia and he could make the bench. Loris Karius will start in goal, while Joe Gomez could return after watching the win against Southampton from the sidelines on Saturday with Trent Alexander-Arnold playing the full 90 minutes. We'll have full team news for you an hour before kick-off.

Let's take a little look at the team news, then. They are set to be without defensive duo Nicolás Pareja - also the club captain - and Daniel Carriço with the pair both out since September. Winger Joaquín Correa could return, while Gabriel Mercado and Walter Montoya have both missed Sevilla's last two games. Wissam Ben Yedder and Jesús Navas were unused substitutes against Celta Vigo and should return to the starting side.

The hosts might be the favourites for tonight's encounter but Sevilla's home form cannot be discounted. The last time they lost was 364 days ago, a European loss to Juventus, having gone unbeaten in 25 league and cup games since then. A big challenge for Liverpool to prevent their streak from stretching beyond an entire year.

Sevilla and Liverpool both enter this game in good form too. The La Liga side have won four of their last five in all competitions, losing only to league leaders Barcelona, while the Reds are on a four-match winning streak. They both won their last encounters, Sevilla defeating Celta Vigo 2-1 and Liverpool overcoming Southampton 3-0.

Tonight could well decide who finishes top of Group E and we could also find out another of the teams to join PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the next stage of the tournament. Liverpool lead the group as it stands, one point ahead of Sevilla, who are two ahead of Spartak Moscow. They take on NK Maribor at home tonight and will be poised for any slip-ups from Liverpool or Sevilla. 

Welcome ladies and gentlemen! We've got more Champions League action coming your way tonight, Sevilla hosting Liverpool in their fifth group game. A win for either side ensures their place in the last 16 of the competition. We've minute-by-minute updates of this evening's game so stay right here to stay up-to-date. Kick-off is at 19:45pm BST but until then we'll have all of the key build-up to keep you entertained. Stick around.