Liverpool draw season opener
- 12 Aug 2017 at 20:28
Watford's Miguel Britos nods home the tying goal four minutes into injury time in the season opener against Liverpool at Vicarage Road in Watford on Saturday. (Reuters Photo)
WATFORD: A Miguel Britos header deep into injury time allowed Watford to salvage a 3-3 draw against Liverpool in their first match of the English Premier League season on Saturday.
The heroics by Britos came after Liverpool had come back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to lead 3-2 thanks to a three-minute blitz in the second half, when new signing Mohamed Salah made an impact.
Former Chelsea winger Salah, who joined Liverpool from AS Roma in the off-season, won a penalty converted by Roberto Firmino in the 54th minute and then bundled in the Brazilian's lofted pass from close range.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane scored a classy equaliser to cancel out striker Stefano Okaka's early header for Watford, but midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure put the hosts up 2-1 in the first half after sloppy defending by Liverpool.
The visitors' 3-2 lead held up until the fourth minute of what turned out to be eight minutes of extra time, when an unmarked Britos nodded home a corner to dash Liverpool's hopes of becoming the second winners of the young season.
The 2017-18 campaign officially began when Arsenal downed Leicester City 4-3 in the first-ever Friday night season opener.
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