Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Sevilla boss Berizzo diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sevilla boss Berizzo diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sevilla threw caution to the wind and, after Wissam Ben Yedder's brace set up a tense finale, Guido Pizarro grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser to secure an unlikely point for the home team.

Confirmation the 48-year-old Argentine requires treatment for a tumour came following reports he told his players the news during his half-time team talk as they trailed Liverpool 3-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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"Future examinations will decide what steps to follow regarding the treatment".

Berizzo suffers from prostate cancer'.

Reports began to emerge of Berizzo's illness in the wake of the stalemate, with Yahoo Sport contributor Guillem Balague revealing the news via social media. "Sevilla wants to offer their maximum support to the coach in these moments and wish him a quick recovery".

The Sevilla player rushed over to celebrate with Berizzo following Pizarro's late equaliser against Liverpool on Tuesday night
The Sevilla player rushed over to celebrate with Berizzo following Pizarro's late equaliser against Liverpool on Tuesday night

Sevilla's club president Jose Castro told Spanish radio station Cope on Tuesday: "As it is a personal and complicated issue, I prefer to wait to tomorrow [Wednesday]".

According to Sevillainfo, the tumour has been detected early and Berizzo has a good chance of making a full recovery.

After the final whistle on Tuesday, Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega spoke of how Berizzo had inspired their performance and said the coach could rely on the total support of his players.

"We took the risk of going for the game and that speaks of the football bravery of the players".

Liverpool lead 3-0 at the break through goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino (two).

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