Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo told his players that he has prostate cancer at half-time before their sensational three-goal comeback to hold Liverpool to a 3-3 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
And it is understood why the Sevilla players ran towards their manager and then celebrated the dramatic stoppage-time equaliser with the Argentinian.
Sevilla announced the news with a statement on the club website.
It read: “The medical services of Sevilla FC report that the coach of the first team, Eduardo Berizzo, has been diagnosed with an adenocarcinoma of the prostate .
“The future examinations will allow us to decide which are the steps to follow regarding the treatment.
“Sevilla FC wants to show their full support for the coach and wishes him a speedy recovery.”
Berizzo will undergo an operation within the next 48 hours and is expected to make a full recovery.
Sevilla’s Guido Pizarro scored a 93rd-minute equaliser to complete an incredible comeback from three goals down at half time to draw 3-3 against Liverpool on Tuesday in a pulsating Champions League Group E clash.
Liverpool were three goals up at half-time in Andalusia, but a second-half display littered with errors, both individual and collective, allowed the home side back in.
Roberto Firminho’s brace was cancelled out by a double from Wissam Ben Yedder, while Sadio Mane’s diving header was matched by Guido Pizarro’s late blast.
This draw leaves Liverpool needing a point from their final game of Group E at home to Spartak Moscow to guarantee their place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Liverpool were sublime in the first half and produced a breathtaking display of attacking football to go 3-0 up inside the first 45 minutes and silence the Seville crowd.
Yet, by the end, thanks to some awful defensive errors – with Alberto Moreno a major culprit – Liverpool were left clinging on for a point, as Sevilla produced a fight back that drove even their passionate, proud fans to new heights of intense emotion.
The goal that levelled the match came in the 93rd minute, and was typical of everything that is bad about Liverpool’s defending, as they failed to clear a corner allowing Guido Pizarro to poke the ball home.
Such was the drastic nature of Liverpool’s collapse in the second half, that it prompted former Reds skipper Jammie Carragher to say: “I didn’t see Liverpool keeping a clean sheet, but to be 3-0 up and to seeing how Liverpool gave the goals away, and the actual game intelligence, it was like watching children play.”
Liverpool are now in danger of getting eliminated from the Champions League and need to secure victory in their next group encounter against Spartak Moscow.
Eduardo Berizzo’s tragic news sparked Sevilla’s incredible three-goal comeback
He said: “I told them that you had to play with your soul, that there is no mistake that could not be solved.”
“We talked about rectifying, showing the pride we have, and that if we got the goal soon it was possible.
“They had to go out generating a different energy and people would believe. The team came out and infected 50,000 people.
“We took the risk of going for the game, and that speaks of the football bravery of the players.”