Firmino shines in chaotic Champions League draw at Sevilla

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Roberto Firmino shone brightest for the Reds as they somehow threw away a three-goal lead to draw with Sevilla, with the forward bagging two goals and an assist in the frantic affair in the south of Spain.

The Brazilian, much like the rest of the team, were on fine form in the opening half hour, where Firmino bagged a goal either side of an assist as Liverpool stormed into a 3-0 lead. However the forward, again much like the entire Liverpool side, faded away in the second half as the home side miraculously recovered to draw the game 3-3.

Firmino opened the scoring in just the second minute of the game, reacting quickest to a Gini Wijnaldum header to pounce on the loose ball and fire it into the top corner. The Brazilian proved his knack for being in the right place at the right time, and also his instinctive ability to find space which allowed him to fire home to stun the Spanish crowd.

As Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all began to link well and create chances, the Brazilian then turned provider just after 20 minutes as he managed to flick on a header to Sadio Mane, whose diving header was guided expertly past Sergio Rico in the Sevilla goal. Firmino did extremely well to hold off his man from the corner and rise highest to get something on the ball, which found the head of fellow forward Mane perfectly.

It was then the turn of the Senegal man to find his strike partner, with the pacey attacker easily beating his man to fire at Rico, who could only parry the ball to the feet of the awaiting Firmino. The main man up front for the away side simply couldn’t miss, tapping the ball into the back of the net to give Liverpool a seemingly sensational victory. It was, however, both Firmino’s and Liverpool’s last meaningful contribution to the game, with the home side incredibly fighting back, much to the anger and frustration of Jurgen Klopp and the heartbroken travelling fans.

Positives to take do however include a vital point for Liverpool in a tough place to go, meaning their Champions League fate is fortunately still in their hands, however, many will feel that it is a disappointing result given the circumstances. Another positive is that Firmino has now been involved in seven goals in five Champions League appearances this season for the Reds (five goals, two assists), and the forward will need to be on top form once again as Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield this coming Saturday.

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