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    Watford 3-3 Liverpool Match Report

    Miguel Britos scored a 93rd-minute equalizer to earn his Watford side a point against Liverpool as the two teams contested a six-goal thriller on the opening weekend of the season.

    The Uruguayan defender was on hand to bundle the ball over the line from close-range after new signing Richarlison's angled-drive, which was saved by Simon Mignolet, had cannoned off the crossbar.

    Marco Silva's side had led the game 1-0 and 2-1 but appeared to be heading for a seventh consecutive defeat after two second-half goals in as many minutes had steered the match in the away team's favour.

    The Hornets began the game brightly by exposing Liverpool's much-maligned frailties when defending set-pieces as Stefano Okaka found himself all alone to head home a Jose Holebas corner in the eighth-minute.

    Jurgen Klopp's men rallied after falling behind and levelled on the half-hour mark when some intricate build-up play from Alberto Moreno, Emre Can and Sadio Mane created a chance for the Senegalese forward, which he emphatically dispatched into the top-corner.

    It only took the home side three minutes to restore their lead, however, when Joel Matip failed to clear Tom Cleverley's low cross and Abdoulaye Doucoure was able to convert the easiest of chances from four yards.

    Both teams had other chances to add to their account during an end-to-end 45 minutes, with Argentine winger Roberto Pereyra having an effort for Watford, which was deflected wide by Dejan Lovren, and Liverpool's Mo Salah firing over the bar from eight yards out.

    Despite being second-best for most of the first-half, The Reds came out after the break with much more vigour and they were duly awarded when record-signing Salah was felled by Heurelho Gomes before Firmino confidently stroked home the resulting spot-kick.

    As the visitors began to take a stranglehold on the game, they only had to wait two more minutes before taking the lead courtesy of a delicately-weighted lob by Firmino over an advancing Gomes, which was turned into the net by the Egyptian Salah from two yards.

    Liverpool had chances to increase their lead, but Alberto Moreno's strike was tipped over the crossbar by Gomes and Matip was denied by the frame of the goal via his shoulder when attacking Firmino's corner from inside the six-yard box.

    The away side ultimately paid for their inability to find an elusive third goal as Watford cranked up the pressure in the latter stages with Britos having a left-footed strike pushed wide by Mignolet, from which the centre-back scored from the resulting corner.

    Silva's side were perhaps a touch fortunate to have drawn level, with Britos finding himself in an offside position when the ball rifled down off the crossbar but Mignolet failure to clear the danger allowed the grateful recipient to head home from on the goal-line.

    The draw ends Watford's run of six consecutive defeats, which lead to the departure of previous manager Walter Mazzarri at the end of last season, but The Hornets were still unable to earn a first top-flight opening-day victory since 1987.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, head to Hoffenheim for Tuesday night's Champions League qualifier against the German fourth-place side, who were unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga throughout the whole of last season.
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