Watford deny Liverpool in injury time to secure thrilling draw

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

Miguel Britos scrambled home a controversial injury-time equaliser as Watford held Liverpool in a six-goal thriller at Vicarage Road.

Liverpool looked as though they had put all speculation and uncertainty over Philippe Coutinho's future to one side to win their opening Premier League clash only for Britos to head home from point-black range in the dying moments to seal a 3-3 draw.

Stefano Okaka opened the scoring with just eight minutes gone, with Abdoulaye Doucoure re-establishing Watford's lead shortly after Sadio Mane had equalised.

Liverpool rallied and Roberto Firmino levelled from the penalty spot after debutant Mohamed Salah was fouled, with the Egypt international then poking the visitors ahead only for Britos to pounce late on and give Marco Silva a positive first outing as Watford boss.

Following on from Arsenal's 4-3 win over Leicester on Friday night, more questionable defending meant the goals continued to flow, although two of Watford's strikes -- including Britos' late leveller -- appeared to be offside.

The hosts started well and looked to catch Liverpool cold as Okaka slipped in Roberto Pereyra, who cut inside before his shot was blocked behind by Dejan Lovren.

They were ahead from the resulting corner, Okaka arriving unmarked to head home Pereyra's cross from four yards out.

Liverpool were struggling to impose themselves on the game but levelled after a fantastic move that was started and finished by Mane.

The Senegal forward played a pass out to Alberto Moreno before bursting into the Watford box to latch onto Emre Can's weighted ball and finishing past Heurelho Gomes.


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