Sevilla pulled off an astonishing comeback against Liverpool after manager revealed he has cancer in his half-time team talk

Eduardo Berizzo at Sevilla

  • Sevilla looked down and out as it headed into half-time with a 3-0 deficit against Liverpool FC during Tuesday evening’s Champions League match.
  • Manager Eduardo Berizzo chose that moment to tell his players he had been diagnosed with cancer.
  • Berizzo’s players went back onto the pitch and produced an incredible comeback — scoring the equaliser with one of the very last kicks of the game.


Sevilla FC manager Eduardo Berizzo gave an astonishing half-time talk on Tuesday evening. His team was 3-0 down to Liverpool FC, and it was at this moment he decided to tell them he had cancer.

Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino played a part in Liverpool’s three first half goals, striking first in the second minute, creating a goal for Sadio Mané 20 minutes later, then scoring again on the half-hour mark.

At half-time, it appeared Sevilla was down. However, Berizzo’s incredible locker-room pep talk — which focused on his prostate cancer diagnosis — delivered an astonishingly positive response as Sevilla returned to the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán pitch.

French striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored a header in the 51st minute. Nine minutes later he converted a penalty.

This meant Sevilla had gone from 3-0 down to 3-2 down, and still had around half an hour to find an equaliser.

For 30 minutes Sevilla was still searching for that goal. The clock was ticking and time was running out.

Then, with what was one of the last kicks of the match, Guido Pizarro scored that vital goal. It was 3-3 — Sevilla had done it, and the players rushed to Berizzo to celebrate the comeback.

You can watch the goal that clinched the draw — and the celebration that followed — right here.

Sevilla wished Berizzo a “speedy recovery” on the official club website.

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